1. Philippines Explaining Coral to Filipinos

    I have been doing so much class observation. It is beneficial because there is so much about the educational system that confuses me still, despite having spent weeks here. Many times, my counterpart does not involve me with his lesson planning. (However, after observing several classes of his, I realize that he just reads from the book and does not actually plan any lesson.) Today, I didn’t feel like I could bear the monotony of it all, so I volunteered to do the lesson, despite no pr...

  2. Philippines A Protracted Expanse of Ocean

    Sometimes I feel that being a Peace Corps Volunteer feels as if I am hand-delivering piles of bricks across a muddy riverbed to provide a community with the means to build. It’s as if I am carrying the weight on my shoulders through a thick mud. To me, this mud I must trod through everyday represents the all-encompassing and foreign culture of the Philippines. As a Peace Corps Volunteer working at the community-level, I carry my load brick by brick. Over time I can see the buildings get...

  3. Philippines The Bangka

    A bangka is a Filipino boat made out of wood and bamboo. As we noisely motor to one of the 7,107 island of the Philippines, the Filipino man navigates the boat with his bamboo pole.

  4. Bulgaria Ain't No River Wide Enough

    2010 TEFL Academy in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria. The newest PCVs were teaching a class of 3rd Graders "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" for a performance later that week.

  5. Philippines Snowing in the Philippines

    My students always ask me what snow is like, as they have never experienced a temperature less than 70 degrees farenheit. For Christmas, I taught my students how to make snowflakes out of white paper. They had a great time cutting out their own unique designs. Then we all threw them up into the air, making it snow in the Philippines for the first time!

  6. Bulgaria Oh No You Didn't...

    In training, my host family got a new kitten who decided she was the new dog.

  7. Malawi Anne Frank: Jewish by Tribe

    Chatting with form 3 students at the secondary school.

  8. Malawi Nativity Scene at Chikangawa

    Years later, no participant will claim this to be their idea.  We wrote the character names on little pieces of paper (Jesus, Mary, wise man #1, angel #1, etc) placed the papers in a hat and drew rolls.  Each of us was allotted 15 minutes or so to put together a costume before making this photo.

  9. Jordan High on Life

    Culturally "inappropriate" in the spring

  10. Jordan High on Life

    PCVs having fun

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