1. Niger Guerwol Beauty Contest

    Every year, hundreds of Wodaabe herders gather in the desert for the Guerwol festival, a celebration consisting of dancing, singing, and a traditional male beauty pageant.  The men paint their faces red and line their lips and eyes in black.  They bare their teeth and widen their eyes, as these features are considered most attractive.  I was fortunate enough to witness the festival in 2009.

  2. Niger Two Years in Three Minutes

    The last two years of my life in three minutes, with photographs from Niger, Benin, Togo, Ghana, Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia, Italy, and Spain.

  3. Kyrgyz Republic How I joined the Peace Corps--from Ecuador to Kyrgyzstan

      Up until the age of 16, I had no idea of what I wanted to be as an adult.  Then, in 1999, one event changed that and put me on an 11 year path towards serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer.  This is the story of that event.  I was living in Riobamba, Ecuador as a foreign exchange student.  I lived with a host family in a second story apartment on a street near the town’s market.  Every morning, after breakfast, I would sit on the family’s little patio outside the kitchen and drink coffee and w...

  4. Madagascar Home Therapy

    A young girl, 14 year-old Brenda, applies ground curry root to PCV Dorothy's bruises to help heal it.

  5. Madagascar Teaching English in Anketrakabe, Madagascar

    PCV Dorothy instructs an English class at the CEG in a rural town in the North of Madagascar.

  6. Jordan Hard Efforts and World Peace

    Showing off the finished World Peace Day crafts project. Each flag was made by one of the students of our special education center. 

  7. Jordan Colorful Shopping

    Bright green duali, or grape leaves, next to deep purple koch, or plums, creates an aesthetically pleasing food shopping experience. Jordanian produce sellers know how to attract a customer!

  8. Jordan Patriotism

    Walking around with another volunteer, extra early on a Friday morning before the noon prayer so that there weren't enough people around to notice us whipping out our cameras, we ran into this young man in the souq, or market. He asked to have his picture taken under the Jordanian flag in exchange for some raspberry gum. Of course, we obliged. 

  9. Jordan BBQ Night

    Welcoming the beginning of summer's warm nights by setting up this stone and coal stove, and grilling some kebab. 

  10. Cambodia Wadin' In the Water

     Friday, October 15, 2010. In Cambodia, to be eligible to become a lower secondary school teacher, one must hold a certificate of general secondary education, pass an entrance exam and undertake two-years training at one of the six regional teacher training centers (RTTC), which are located in Battambang, Prey Veng, Takeo, Kampong Cham, and Kandal provinces. Upon successful completion of the RTTC training, graduates are warded a certificate of pedagogical training, qualifying them to teach 7t...

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