1. Senegal Pretty in Pink

    A Pulaar herdsman pulling water from a well for his cows in a village south of Diourbel, Senegal.

  2. Guatemala Telephone Talk

    Talking on the phone in Guatemala is always an awkward exchange. You can be confident that the person on the other line will answer the phone by saying “aló” which sounds like “hello” with a spanish accent. I have two theories on the word “aló.” Since the word means hello but is exclusively used when answering the phone I'm convinced that either A.) Spanish speakers made-up the word after the invention of the telephone for the sole purpose of answering calls like the American inventors demons...

  3. Guatemala Human Washing Machine

    Today I did a monstrous load of laundry. For the past two weeks I had successfully ignored the increase in empty hangers in my “closet” but, when my laundry basket began to overflow last night, I decided today i’d roll up my sleeves and get it over with. Laundry is an internal struggle for me. Every time I’m thirty minutes in to washing my clothes, when my arms start to ache and I look up to see only half of my clothes hanging to dry, half still wet in a huge bucket with detergent, I think to...

  4. Guatemala Jesus Cristo

      One great thing about the Peace Corps is the opportunity it affords to meet amazing people, both host country nationals and other Peace Corps volunteers. Ask any volunteer what enabled them to endure the taxing environments and situations they find themselves in over the course of two years of service, and I’d bet most would say, “the people.” I don’t know how I could have ridden this emotional roller coaster this long without my fellow volunteers. We grow together, celebrate our gains toge...

  5. Guatemala Let's Talk About Sex, Baby.

    I was getting blank stares from a sea of uniformed fifteen-year-olds as I fumbled through explaining how AIDS doesn’t actually kill an infected person- opportunistic infections are what inevitably bring about the demise of the patient. It was a struggle. I felt like I was explaining the process well but I didn’t get a single reassuring nod from the crowd. I hesitated and then turned to my counterpart for the HIV/AIDS training I was conducting for help. In previous sessions he was quick to jum...

  6. Guatemala Blackout

    I am writing this using a battery powered lantern that Dad sent me in one of his many packages. I usually reserve this light for night time showering. The electricity has been out for the past hour so it's working overtime tonight. Luckily, I still have 2 hours 29 minutes left on my Mac battery and my internet runs through the cell tower. We get blackouts about five times a week during the rainy season. It's not raining right now, so I am not sure what caused it this time. To be honest, thoug...

  7. Moldova Our teacher

    My seven year old host nephew teaching my host mom and I how to say our R's.

  8. Vanuatu A day in the garden

    Some of the hardest physical days were also some of the best days. Here we are busy planting yam in the family garden.

  9. The Gambia Samba and Bull

    Samba Sowe poses with the family bull in the farms outside of Sare Tubai, The Gambia.

  10. Moldova Making Cheese!

    Making homemade goat cheese with my host mother Galina.

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“Sunset at the Railroad” by PCV Nicholas Baylor Hall. Namibia, 2011.