1. Micronesia Western Islanders Sailing Canoe

    Western Islanders in Chuuk sailed to Udot during our training program to meet future Volunteers assigned to their islands.

  2. Brazil A Completed School

    This school was built by the School to School program sponsored by USAID.  Students in the U.S. woulc raise up to $1.000 to build a school in an underdeveloped country.  The locals were obligated to provide 60% of the cost including materials and labor.  My job was to facilitate the construction, take pictures and send reports back to the students in the U. S. and to USAID.

  3. Brazil A School in Construction

    This is a picture of a school in construction near one of the villages in my area.

  4. Senegal The Queer Quiz

    One of my proudest achievements in service, thus far, did not include attempts to end malaria, to promote nutrition for small children, or even to introduce an alternative fuel source.  No, instead, my moment of glory came in the administration of a quiz---a "queer quiz", to be exact. At the tail end June, Gay Pride Month in America, five other volunteers joined me at the Thiès Training Center to deliver a day-long seminar on sexual orientation and alternative lifestyles.  Our targ...

  5. Ivory Coast learning a language

    Terry and I took the same bus to school each day, he teaching at the university, I as an English instructor at the Teacher Training College of Abidjan. We both spoke French fluently, and had been placed in a dioula class during training, resulting in our enjoying chatting, both in French and dioula, in the bus with the regular early-morning passengers. As we got to know our fellow commuters a bit better, they took an interest in us and began to teach us some local slang. When someone asked if...

  6. Brazil Hand Washing

    When I first arrived in Glória, the girl on the left would come to our house once a week to carry our clothes to her mother who would wash them in the dam outside of town (cleaner than ponds that were closer.) We insisted she iron everything, even underwear, more to kill micróbios than to make them look crisp. When I moved to a house that had a cisterna to collect rain water, I invited her to work in my back yard with water even cleaner than the dam and she would not have far to walk carrying...

  7. Brazil Market Day Vegetables

    Each Saturday, vendors set up shabby wooden booths with canvas canopies to shelter themselves and their vegetables from sun or rain. Buyers chose the best of the onions, cabbage, tomatoes, carrots, potatoes, and yams. The seller weighed them on his balance scale using brass weights and placed purchases in baskets, rope bags, or pails the buyers took with them to the market. 

  8. Brazil Market Day Pottery

    A vendor had covered her designated area with a tarp to display her hand-made pottery which had many uses ---from scooping water from a pond to holding eggs or fruit. Although not pictured here, she also sold four-foot high ceramic jugs ----the kind used to store water in nearly every home in town that didn’t have a cisterna in the back yard to collect rain water.

  9. Brazil Market Day

    Each Saturday, before dawn, overloaded trucks roared past our house, sending billows of dust through the shutters that covered our glassless windows. Each truck was loaded with goods to be sold at the weekly market and with paying passengers, either those arriving to sell their wares or to buy goods for that week. In the afternoon, the trucks would carry vendors back home with anything they hadn't sold, plus their own purchases. Buyers would be loaded down with bags of beans and rice and othe...

  10. Nepal Assimilation

               Assimilation.  We were trained, versed, and talked to ad nauseum on the subject.  So much so that during my first month in a village on top of an Annapurna foothill, it was a piece of cake to find my exact place on the downward trajectory of  culture shock. Homesickness—check.  Anxiety—check.   What I hadn’t expected was that no matter how clearly I defined my symptoms, checking them off could not fortify my heart.  I had entered a world of sudden isolation and silence.  At night I...

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