1. Palau Palauan Dog Show

    The Palau Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) hosts a dog show every year to promote animal adoption and veterinary care. Coco, a local dog, was a very good sport during the costume contest.

  2. Palau Fruit Bat Soup

    During training, on Halloween of all nights, one host family wanted to expose the PCTs to a little bit of local culture. She prepared one of her favorite dishes for us - fresh fruit bat soup. We didn't think it would be too bad until we saw the local presentation of the dish. One whole fruit bat, complete with wings, fur and beady little eyes boiled in coconut and served in a large bowl.  Now, it's very rude to turn down food in the Palauan culture, so we were each obliged to take a bite (I t...

  3. Nicaragua Shat on by a Chicken in a Mango Tree

    I've mentioned before that the chickens in my host family's yard like to climb the ladder of the mango tree to chill up there all evening/night. So the other night, while unsuspectingly walking back from the latrine, I was struck by what felt like a falling baggie of water – which would not be entirely surprising, considering sometimes they have water fights here with baggies of water en vez de (instead of) balloons. To my dismay however, it was not one of the local kids hanging out in the t...

  4. Mozambique Oh Look! A Dance Party

    I happened upon a band playing one afternoon in neighboring 'bairro'.

  5. Mozambique January Day

    A nice ride in January to the neighboring village to meet friends and family.

  6. Mozambique Bringin' Home the Bacon

    Riding back to the village with our Mozambican Independence Day meal.

  7. Mozambique some light reading

    One of my favorite people at site thought she'd do a little light reading.

  8. Mozambique The Fire Comes Close

    A brush fire came a little too close for comfort one evening in Mozambique.

  9. Mozambique Reading The Economist

    There were a number of children in my backyard, and i frequently gave them magazines or pictures to go through and look at.  This particular child was thoroughly enraptured by this edition of The Economist, and made for a great photo. 

  10. China Everybody in the Peace Corps!

    Lyrics: Applications and interviews Doctors and dentists Hurdles and road blocks When will I get this? I've been waiting so long I check the mail every day For the letter that could Possibly send me away... To change the world Yeah you finally made it Welcome to the human race You only have one lifetime To make this world a little better place (than when you found it) And you'll make them all proud Just like your mama knew you would Go out into the world and do well But more importantly go...

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