1. Bangladesh Life

    No matter how hard things were in Bangladesh, the kids were always a source of joy.  Their unending happiness and laughter were always a way of creating perspective.

  2. Bangladesh Ox Pulled Cart

    Things need to be moved, and in Bangladesh there isn't always a truck available, and though a bit slower, an ox can do the job.

  3. Peru Mollendo, Peru

    First time for these children to see the ocean.  They lived in a barrio in Arequipa, Peru at an altitude of 8000 feet.   Was an exciting and joyful experience for all of us. 

  4. Bangladesh Getting there

    A rickshawalla pulls his customer to thier destination in the sweltering Bengali heat, a common sight in daily Bangladesh living...

  5. Thailand I have become a dharma bum

    “Hopping a freight train out of Los Angeles at high noon one day in late September 1955 I got on a gondola and lay down with my duffel bag under my head and my knees crossed and contemplated the clouds as we rolled north to Santa Barbara.” Jack Kerouac ruined my life – or saved it.  I’m still trying to figure that out.  At the completely ignorant age of 18, Anoka-Ramsey Community College had the audacity to ask me what I’d like to study.  “They tortured and scared you for twenty-odd years ...

  6. Thailand Thai-napped

    Volunteers were warned about how different the concept of time is in Thailand.  We were told things moved slower and at a more easy-going pace.  They didn’t tell us this also pertains to Thai notification. Many volunteers are finding out Thais aren’t keen on letting volunteers know when they’re about to go somewhere.  I’ve heard countless stories of a volunteer happily sitting in their room enjoying the quiet when a member of their host family will come in and say, “C’mon, it’s time to go,” ...

  7. Thailand Excited to see a "farang"

    My first day at school, the kids went wild when they saw a "farang" (foreigner) arrive.  Those who weren't supervised by teachers ran out of the classrooms to get a look.

  8. Bangladesh Momentum

    I go back in time, to a surreal memory. The Peace Corps experience was nearly 6 years ago, but the experience still feels close. When I receive e-mails from friends and colleagues, I feel like I’m no longer the Adam they once knew.  After returning to the States – returning to the chaotic hum of other people’s lives -- I never fully reflected on my time in Bangladesh.  I can do that now. Walking down the street in Bangladesh workers yelled from behind, pushing large carts down unpave...

  9. East Timor Talk to a peace corps trainer: Giving up.

    It seems like my whole life was about sitting in training, itching and wishing I had something to eat.  This was a mixed blessing because the rash and the starving were the only things keeping the afternoon swelter from putting me to sleep.  Every so often I would tune back in to our shocks and sandal training coordinator to make sure I didn’t miss something I thought was relevant.  I was excited when I heard his normally hopeful voice drop an octave and become brittle.   I wait on these ...

  10. Nicaragua Baseball League

    Thank you US Embassy for your donation of gear and uniforms for 4 teams!

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