1. Mali Piece of Meat

    I eat with my host family for lunch and dinner. I have to say I am a very lucky volunteer, because my family cooks very well. Most meals are served with some meat or fish and at the end my host mother divides it up so every one gets a portion. One day after I finished lunch and gave my blessings of thanks, I walked into my hut to take a multi-vitamin. Seconds later, five-year old, Shaka flies by my door screaming and crying; immiediately I think oh no someone is going to hit him. I walk outsi...

  2. Czech Republic Meeting with the future of the Czech Republic

    Much of my time was spent teaching ecological concepts to teachers and students - often in Czech. Here I meet with future leaders and decision-makers of the Caech Republic.

  3. Czech Republic Meeting with Peace Corps Director Carol Bellamy

    I had the opportunity to meet with Peace Corps Director Carol Bellamy in 1995. Here I explain a food web activity that I developed. 

  4. Mali In the Bush

    Koniaba and I after our day in the bush. Collecting shea fruit in the bush is like a long Easter egg hunt, walking back 2 miles with a bunch of it balanced on your head is kind of difficult. Maybe next year I'll be able to say "Hey look, no hands!'

  5. Mali How do you say massage?

    During a training break in our homestay village, Peace Corps Volunteer Matt receives a massage from a local boy. One of the many benefits of speaking a local language.

  6. Ukraine Embroidery as Far as the Eye Can See

    In Western Ukraine, the Hutsuls are renowned for their embroidery.  There are many different groups (similar to clans) that each have their own recognizable style.  Every year there is a festival to celebrate Hutsul culture in Verhovena and other places.  This picture shows one vendor's embroidery for sale. 

  7. Ukraine A Long, Wonderful Winter

    Winters in Ukraine are very long and very cold.  However, sunny days always bring people out.  This picture shows two typical Kosiv men sitting on a wool blanket that was woven in Kosiv with some beautiful homes in the background.  The men are hauling a "sleigh" that is full of hay that was cut and stored in the spring/summer.  Horse-drawn vehicles are a typical sight in Kosiv.  It is called a sleigh because of the "skates" used in winter instead of wheels (which are found...

  8. Vanuatu Save the reefs

    Men in our village collecting crown of thorns which are destroying the reefs of Vanuatu

  9. Madagascar My Driver the Hallmark Card

    I am not necessarily one for the Hallmark-ey things of the world. I do not watch Lifetime specials; I did not cry at the end of Titanic; Valentine’s Day makes me borderline nauseous. The last familial birthday card I sent was addressed, “From one deeply emotive heart to another.”But occasionally one encounters in life a person so delightfully cheesy and wonderful that even the least emotive heart cannot help but be swept away by their joy and charisma. It is as if one is suddenly and all at o...

  10. Madagascar Mango Season, A Metaphor for all Things Wonderful in Life

    On November 1st, it was though someone had flipped a switch and the rains began to fall. Six long months and many a fruitless rain-dance had produced hardly a drop, now, the opening of the sky is a daily event, one that requires due consideration for the afternoon schedule. For these are torrential downpours and venturing out in them is much akin in my my opinion to snorkeling: extreme difficulty breathing, high likelihood of drowning, thus high risk to low reward. Fortunately for the captive...

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