1. Moldova From skim to whole

    Each night my host mother milks Meatsa the goat. We use the milk for drinking, cooking, and making cheese. Here you see my host mom teaching me to milk the goat for the very first time. 

  2. Moldova Just Kiddin' Around

    Goats are a major part of the agricultural industry in Moldova as a source for meat, milk and clothing.  Most families own their own small herd consisting of a couple Nannies and a few kids.  This little guy was just hanging around one day while I was walking through my pre-service training village.

  3. Philippines Beergin Coke

    “Beergin Coke”   It was, I don’t remember how many, but not many days after I arrived in country, that my co-newbie & I were invited to go out for drink by a local.   Tom, (10 years my younger but partner in mischief) and I had been known to have a drink.   We were in training at a mold-loving hot springs spa in a college town about an hour south of Manila. We were to be housed, in pairs, for a week, with local families.   I also don’t remember the Baranguy Captain’s name, to my great re...

  4. Philippines Sorsogon Pizza

    Sorsogon Pizza   I served as a Peace Corps Agricultural Advisor, assigned to Baranguay Salbacion, Magallanes, Sorsogon, Philippines, from 1979 to 1981. A major part of my work was to build & manage a nursery for the propagation of coffee, cacao, and black pepper, as one of  several outposts of a USAID-funded project, the Sorsogon Crop Diversification Program.  SCDP had been designed and proposed to USAID by an earlier Peace Corps Volunteer, Paul Driscoll, who had also recruited a recen...

  5. Ecuador Niños & Ovejas

    Delivering sheep to the children of Pinjuma

  6. Ecuador ¡El Gringo Va a Morir!

    It was the last race I ever ran. I had only been at my site for a few months when I decided to enter a 10K in Cuenca, Ecuador. In retrospect, it was a huge mistake. I hadn’t trained since college; my New Orleans lungs were still ill-equipped to extract oxygen from the thin mountain air; and my flatlander muscles could hardly summit a curb less clamber up steep cobblestone mountain roads. Nonetheless, I was, well, Peace Corps confident. Like so many new volunteers, I had set my sights on sav...

  7. Moldova Hilltop Views

    This photograph was taken on a hike in my training village of Milestii Mici, Moldova.  It was a beautiful sunny day and a welcome break from our Romanian lessons. 

  8. Moldova April 5, 2011: Teaching volunteerism through bottle cap collection

    January 18, 2011 marked the inception of my local English Club. Building up to my English Club I posted announcements on the bulletin board outside the mayor's office, at the kindergarten, outside my office, at the school and even the discoteca. My announcement advertised a fun way to learn English in a less formal setting. The first class included 13 participants with an age range from 8 - 55 and professions from student and librarian to NGO director and farmer. There was definite...

  9. Paraguay Teeth-Brushing 101

    Although I was an Agroforestry volunteer, I helped out my nearest cohort, Erin, with health programs at a community school that was centrally located in the community of Santo Domingo, Guaira, Paraguay. My hometown dentist had sent down a duffel bag full of toothbrushes and toothpaste, so we decided to do a dental health program. Saw lots of bloody mouths and had to keep numerous kids from eating toothpaste like candy, but it was a great day.

  10. Mozambique Composting in Mabote

    PCV Julie Brickman teaches her Mozambican neighbor and colleague how to build a compost pile.

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