1. Senegal All-Dressed up... for a wrestling tournament!

    The Wrestling Tournaments in Senegal are the highlight of the year for many Senegalese villages. Three of us had come down to visit our fellow PCV Laurel Gladish's village, Dassalam-e-Sereer for her villages tournament.  Picture: L-R: Laurel Gladish, Sara Hollerich, Jen Newton, Jessica Flaten, all Senegal 07-09

  2. Senegal 1st Eco-Tourism Expo

    With my fellow PCV, Laurel Gladish at the Eco-Tourism Expo that the PCVs working with Eco-Tourism put on to help promote the communities they were working with to tour agencies.  The event took place at Club Atlantique in Dakar, Senegal.  There were approximately 13 PCVs and their community counterparts that participated in the event

  3. Ukraine Russian Teachers

    My host brother Ilya (age 7) and sister Vika (age 6), here on Day 1, were my favorite and most valuable Russian teachers.  They never lost patience and always took the greatest delight in my language blunders.  My first breakthrough moment came with Vika who was (as usual) sitting with me at my desk as I did my homework.  She asked me something I did not understand (again, as usual) and in trying to ask her to repeat I must have said something unintelligible.  She stared at me for a few seco...

  4. Ukraine Babushka

    Babushki, with their quintessential headscarves and frumpy skirts, are a practically a national symbol.  Most have lived through times tougher that any PCV can imagine and a great deal can be learned from sharing a cup of chai with one and listening to a few of her stories. 

  5. Ukraine GLOWing in Ukraine

    What constitutes a youth summer camp in Ukraine?  Five PCVs, two showers, one electric burner, and 28 Ukrainian girls.  Mice, mosquitoes, bed bugs and filthy dorm rooms.  A week before the camp began, we had to cancel the camping component because our equipment fell through and rearrange responsibilities because two volunteers unexpectedly left the country.  Upon discovery of the single working burner, the first camp meal (spaghetti dinner) was a complete disaster.  That night, the five exhau...

  6. Morocco Making bread

    This is my friend Zhor, taking fresh bread out of a clay oven. The women's association in the village of Ait Messoud began a project to sell their bread in the neighboring villages, as well as the larger town nearby. Eventually, we were able to expand the project to include hand rolled couscous.

  7. Morocco Ait Ouelo, Morocco

    This was taken outside my host family's ancestral home in the Atlas mountains in Morocco. I had spent an incredible two days there, meeting all the relatives, sharing wonderful food, and learning about their family farm. One of my favorite memories.

  8. Morocco The Nicest Man in Morocco

    The nicest man in Morocco works in a carpet shop in Azrou, in the Middle Atlas Mountains.  His father, Moha, owns it and is often there – he’ll go to the various souks and buy the one-of-a-kind antique rugs, he’ll purchase the rugs from the women or middlemen who come by with rugs to sell, he’ll take care of the important customers those who had been in before and were returning to close a big deal.  Abdou, the son, is in the shop all the time – it’s open from not-too-early in the morning unt...

  9. Morocco Chasing The Bus

    My second summer in Morocco I was traveling from my town to Rabat, the capital city, when my worst bus riding fear came true. The trip started out like any of the other multiple times I used the local bus service to get between towns.  The system is actually far superior to many of the public transportation systems across the US. In my town I could show up to the bus station and be guaranteed within 1/2 an hour to be headed in the direction I wanted to go.  Often this meant going 20 or ...

  10. Senegal Now that's how you make juice!

    While in Senegal I worked with a local juice and jelly business owned by a group of young women.  Through a Peace Corps Partnership Program grant I worked with them to receive their liscense to sell jucie products legally in Senegal.  We also purchased this HUGE cooking pot to pasteurize their juice and were very proud of it!    

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