1. Niger Old Man

    I ran into this cheeky old man while visiting the relatives of my host family.  He refused to leave unless I took his picture.

  2. Niger Fishbowl

    These stares were a familiar sight as I wandered about Kantche, my village.  Luckily, these boys didn't insist on doing karate moves when I asked to take their picture.

  3. Niger Bush Taxi Quiz

    Bush taxis are my most frequent mode of transportation here in Niger. Often times family and friends think I am exagerating about the number of people who ride inside one vehicle. This is video proof that I am not lying. There really is ALWAYS room for one more :)

  4. Mongolia Finding Christmas in Mongolia

    I woke up to another day in a village called Uliastai in western Mongolia. Wrapped in the warmth of my sleeping bag, I shimmied over to my wood-burning stove in the icy dark pre-dawn hours and gingerly lit a fire with the kindling I’d set aside the night before. Lying back down with my stocking cap on, I watched the flames dance around the circular walls of my tiny felt tent (ger). I thought about my family on the other side of the world, preparing a pot roast for our traditional Christmas Ev...

  5. Micronesia Micronesian Family

    I was very lucky to have lived with two really great Micronesian Families--during training and after.  It was kind of weird living with a family again after not having lived with my own for quite a while.  But as I said, both families were wonderful and very protective.  They made sure I had everything I needed and I felt very wanted and loved. It was tough being that far away from my friends and family (I'm from NY) but they really tried to make my stay as comfortable as possible.

  6. Benin Brick by Brick

    Turning bricks and hoping they would dry before the next rain.  A community library was the end result.

  7. Kiribati Thatch

    This is the material the I-Kiribati use for roofing

  8. Kiribati Mwaneaba

    A mwaneaba is the town meeting hall.  This is the one from Tabonibara on North Tarawa.  Throughout the year different sections of the village would rotate living there.  This one had a painting on the inside with a white dove and a black bird sharing a nest - year ago a man from Canada came and fell in love with an I-Kiribati woman.  They married and currently live in Canada.  The village and the village waa (canoe) has the phrase on it "nest of love" due to money coming from this m...

  9. Kiribati dancing

    My sister and a friend of her's dancing at her school

  10. Kiribati Butaritari outside Nei Jill's kiakia

    The view from Nei Jill's door on Butaritari

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