1. Cameroon Short, Dark, Handsome Stranger

    My Peace Corps training period took place in Dang – a small village of around 80 in Cameroon’s Centre Province. Although only five people lived at my host family’s home, there was a crowd of 10-15 gathered around in our living room most evenings to watch the new American guy eat couscous de maïs (thick corn mush with a doughy consistency) and hear him attempt to communicate with his broken French and hilarious accent. As no one in my village, other than the other trainees, spoke more than two...

  2. Senegal Mr. Cool

    Adama was taken by a PCV to a hospital participating in Operation Smile to have his cleft lip repaired.  Then he put on a hat and sunglasses to highlight his cool new looks to his friends and family when he got back home.

  3. Senegal Healthy Porridge

    A boy in Senegal eats healthy porridge his mom learned how to make from a PCV healthy porridge demonstration.

  4. Namibia Being Alone

    Spending so much time with yourself can lead to some very interesting situations and internal conversations. I’ve found myself making songs with the swishing noises of mouthwash before bed, which never fails to ultimately lead to an impromptu bathroom dance party. I’ve walked the long way out of my building so that I could pass more flats and delicately turn my head just so in order to peer into the open doors and judge the furnishings of my fellow Old Age Home neighbors. “Just as I suspecte...

  5. Zambia Delilah's New Friend

    Delilah my cat looking at my newborn goat Chaco.  They were fascinated by each other.  

  6. Zambia Reading Together

    This is one of my friends from the village and his young companion.  This young boy took such good care of his blind friend.  They would come over and read to me from his braille Bible.

  7. Costa Rica Longevity

    This is Don Climaco.  A 79-year old hardworking man I call abuelo who is resting one hot afternoon in his favorite chair where no one interrupts him.  He does this every day after he comes from work.

  8. Swaziland America Puzzle

    Children on our homestead are putting together a puzzle of America. The oldest, Thando, is hard at work.

  9. Swaziland Maize Under the Moon

    The staple food of the people of Swaziland is maize. My husband took this picture one evening from our porch.

  10. Mongolia Holy camel

    Bactrian Camels are abundant in the Gobi.  I met this particular camel at a camel polo competition.  He had been recently blessed by a buddhist monk and therefore for the remainder of his life, would not be used for labor, sport, or killed for meat.

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