1. Guatemala La Gringa

    The heat rising from the pavement was visible as I made my way along the winding road. The smell of kerosene hung like a cloud around my head in the stagnant air. Breathe in, breathe out. One, two, one, two; all of my efforts focused on the common goal of putting one foot down in front of the other as I made my way up a rise. At the top, salvation awaited me in purple shorts and a dingy Comunicaciones fútbol jersey. Don’t stop now. Almost there. The muscles in my calves winced as I begged the...

  2. Moldova Sleigh Ride

    In my village of Gordineşti, Moldova, it is not an uncommon sight to see cows, herds of goats, or horse drawn carts.  I love in the winter time, though, when the horse sleighs come out!

  3. Mozambique The Fortunes Of War

    I was taken by  local colleague recently to meet his uncle and eat oranges and peanuts with him. I didn't realize that by the end of the meeting, I would henceforth be obligated to refer to him as my godfather.   The trip to his house was some ten kilometers by bike, the last of which was vividly reminiscent of "...over the river and through the woods." Upon arriving, although given the following context I hesitate to use the cliché, my jaw hit the ground. I was confronted by...

  4. Tanzania One Person

    I made this video because I wanted to share with people how much of an impact one person can make if one would only try.  I'm an average person but Peace Corps helped me accomplish amazing things.

  5. Cameroon EFA International Living Positively

    In 2005, Peace Corps volunteers and their counterparts founded Education Fights AIDS (EFA) International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the successful future of HIV-infected/affected African youth through education, enterprise and empowerment. Our regional office in the Far North of Cameroon supports over 120 individuals in 9 youth groups, forming EFA's Youth Empowerment Network. Some support groups have started income generation activities, and most are affiliated with loc...

  6. The Gambia Bubbacarr's Chicken

    Bubbacarr was the youngest son of the director of the hospital where I worked.  One day, his mother told him to catch this rooster so we could have it for lunch.  He caught the chicken, but it pecked him and got away.  He chased it down, and again, it got away.  The third time, he caught the chicken, and was able to hang on to it.  He marched around the hospital grounds, showing everyone his chicken before presenting it to myself and his mother.

  7. Madagascar Health Fair Draws a Crowd in Northern Madagascar

    Volunteers give health messages at a health fair in Antsohihy, Madagascar

  8. Niger Washing machine

    Each evening in Niger I had dinner with Chatou, the wife of the schoolteacher.  One night, her eyes grew very big as she asked me: "Maimouna, I heard... that in America, you have a machine that washes clothes!"  I confirmed this for her, and she asked me how it worked.  In my best Zarma, I described a large metal box, with a tube to connect to the water pump outside, and with basket with holes in it on the inside.  The basket fills up with water ("How does it fill up, if there ...

  9. Guyana Hand Print

    Amerindians in the Rupununi of Guyana hold cultural events that highlight dance and music that is being passed down amongst 'culture groups'.  Here a young boy has been painted with a homemade paint made from the Anatto plant - it bears spiky pods that contains seeds coated in a red paint.  Amerindians use this paint to decorate themselves with designs and whatever else they can come up with!  

  10. Cameroon Only in Africa

    This was a story that as it was happening, I just kept thinking, “only in Africa, only in Africa”.  Here’s the back-story first.  So normally the rainy season ends at the end of September or the first few weeks of October (it might rain from time to time but for the most part the dry season has started to set in), but here we are into November and it’s still raining almost every day.  As a result of this nonstop precipitation the roads are in TERRIBLE shape.  It’s gotten so bad that if it rai...

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