1. Philippines Visayan Love

    Highlights of the first year of service for Batch 268 Education and Environment Volunteers in Region 8, Philippines

  2. China Trust

    A random street in Chengdu

  3. The Gambia My Education First

    This is a billboard in Basse, The Gambia.  The entire time it was up, PCVs would discuss what was going on in it, depending on the experiences we had had with the educational system.  If you had a bad week, then it was a teacher propositioning a student.  If you had a productive week, it was a girl telling her father she wasn't ready to get married.  Either way, and everything in between, it was a lot of fun to make up stories about it.

  4. The Gambia Pounding Millet

    Every day, all day, the women gather to pound the millet or the rice for the days meals.  It is hard work, but can be a lot of fun also.  They sing, tell stories, gossip.

  5. The Gambia She's One Of Us

    I had only been in village a few months.  Most of the time, I was the only "tubob", or white person in my West African village. One day, as I was walking from the backyard of the main house, my host fathers youngest son, Mohamadou (3 years old) came running around the corner like the devil was at his heels.  He saw me, screamed my name and threw himself into my arms.  I picked him up and held him while he gripped me and burried his face in my sholder.  My Serehule wasn't that great ...

  6. Madagascar Entrepreneur in Madagascar

    A woman sells regional hats and bracelets in the hot, arid town of Ambovombe.  Since the Malagasy tradition is to bring a souvenir, "voandalana", she makes most of her sales to travelers passing through in bush taxis.  

  7. Madagascar Gardening in Northern Madagascar

    A host brother helps with watering gardens in Northern Madagascar

  8. Mexico Paradise... Almost

    "El Paraiso - Plan de Emergencia Radiologica Externo" or, in Elnglish, "Paradise - Radiological Emergency Plan". What does it all mean? Well, there is a beach town in Veracruz on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico called El Paraiso. There is also a nuclear reactor just north of the town.

  9. Mexico Bicycle Kicks, Soccer Riots, and Pumas - Oh My!

    On Saturday, October 30th, 2010, the Gallos Blancos (White Cocks... or less comically, the White Roosters) from Queretaro took on the Pumas from Mexico City in a soccer match (or futbol, in Spanish) in Estadio Corregidora, the hometown stadium in Queretaro, a large stadium that seats 35,000 fans.   The Pumas are one of the best teams in the country. The Gallos, in contrast, are not; like my hometown Buffalo sports teams, the Gallos seem to be perpetual losers, and like Buffalo, the fans never...

  10. Senegal Sunshine Personified

    Aunt Badji...the only woman who can outshine the hot African sun

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