1. Romania Through the Eyes of a Volunteer on TongaTime by J.L. McCreedy

    Interview with Natalie Montanaro, RPCV Romania (2009-2012) and RPCV for Peace Corps Response Tonga (2012-2013):   http://tongatime.com/2013/11/11/travel/3rd-goal-through-the-eyes-of-a-volunteer/romania-efl-teacher-subsequently-tonga-china-natalie-montanaro/

  2. Romania And the Cheese Stands Alone

    “We soon reached his cave, but he was out shepherding, so we went inside and took stock of all that we could see. His cheese-racks were loaded with cheeses, and he had more lambs and kids than his pens could hold…When he had so done he sat down and milked his ewes and goats, all in due course, and then let each of them have her own young.  He curdled half the milk and set it aside…” Thus is the excerpt from Homer’s Odyssey (in a translation from the Ancient Greek by Samuel Butler, the Victori...

  3. Romania Hungry for More

    As I sit down to write yet another account of the unique life I’ve had here in Romania Peace Corps, it occurred to me that one of the greatest joys I’ve found has been to visit, nurture, admire, imbibe, or otherwise ingest glorious things from the gardens of my neighbors and my own.  After just having finished a small, but precious bunch of early black grapes (struguri), I decided to take a seat on the wicker bench outside the home of some of my most favorite Romanian friends here in a villag...

  4. Romania On Common Ground

    -Two CofC Grads Share a Peace Corps Thanksgiving   Life in America is one unique experience after another.  We’ve got shops on every corner selling any manner of goods and people who come from all over the globe right next door.  There are languages and foods and religions galore, not to mention opinions, customs and such.  It’s one of the things that we pride ourselves on and truly, it is not lost on us Peace Corps volunteers as we change our usual habitat for something bigger than ourselves...

  5. Kenya Can a simple compliment lead to rashes and bleeding from the eyes?

    It is almost February and my school is getting ready for the form one students to report. I am anxious for them to come so I can begin teaching. I am currently only teaching one class and am afraid I am getting relaxed and used to my light schedule. I also think it is not the best practice to have students show up to school more than a month after opening day. I am actually not looking forward to the first few weeks of teaching the form one students. It will take them a few weeks to u...

  6. Brazil Fruit and Nuts

    The cajú is an edible fruit which also yields one cashew nut per fruit. The nuts need to be roasted and shelled before they can be eaten. Aracajú, the capital of Sergipe, is named for the ara bird and the cajú.

  7. Madagascar English Club!

    Health PCV Raffaele Macri, learning how to dance Malagasy style with Fianarantsoa University English Club students.

  8. Madagascar Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes!

    Education PCV Dorothy Mayne, teaches the middle school students of Anketrakabe, Madagascar how to sing "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes".

  9. Vanuatu Some more s'mores?

    An American tradition during cool summer nights is getting cozy by the campfire for some songs and s'mores!  Who doesn't enjoy melted chocolate and toasted marshmallows squeezed between two sweet graham crackers?  In Vanuatu cooking over a campfire is far from special.  We cook over it 3 times a day!  I wanted to teach them about our tradition and eat some chocolate!  My mom from home sent along the fixins for s'mores and my host family enjoyed an American treat for the first time.  It was a ...

  10. South Africa Western Medicine in Northeast South Africa

     My host family in the village of Phoshiri has a daughter named Vivian and since I am an honorary member of the family while I am living here, Vivian is one of my “host” sisters.  ‘Vivian’ is her given English name and in her case it is unique that her given English name is far more commonly used than her native Sotho name.  In fact, I cannot even recall her Sotho name come to think of it.  The South Africans call her Vivian and so I do as well.              Vivian is 29 years old and she ha...

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