1. Zimbabwe Swearing In - PCDS

    Peace Corps Description of Service Country of Service: ZimbabweDates of Service: December 6, 1992 - December 31, 1995 Tommy R. Chambers began Peace Corps Training on October 19, 1992 at the Peace Corps Training Center in Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe, and completed an intensive six-week program. The training included Cross Cultural Studies, Shona Language and Personal Health. Mr. Chambers continued two more weeks of personal training/familiarization on-site at cultural institutions throughout Zimbab...

  2. Costa Rica Economia para el Exito

    5th and 6th graders from my Economia para el Exito class I thought in conjunction with Junior Achievement Costa Rica.

  3. Ukraine What The Cluck?

    Something happened at the local bazaar the other day. While doing my daily produce shopping I found myself in perhaps the most helpless and intriguing situation I've been in thus far here in Ukraine. It began with a bump and ended with a thud. Someone had elbowed me in my backside. A mistake, more than likely. People squeeze into the narrow paths of the markets on their way to and from the many kiosks like wriggly little fish would if you were to put them all in the same bowl. The jab to my...

  4. Ukraine In Winter, Still a Warm Place

      Winter has arrived, that bitingly cold and miserably wet season dreaded by many PCVs in Ukraine. For me, it’s my first. Having arrived in March of 2010, I’d only heard the horrors of the worst Ukrainian winter in decades, about stranded buses, and broken space heaters, streets caked with ice and the feeling of being held prisoner in your own apartment. In June, while listening to these stories told by group 36 and 37 volunteers, I felt as though winter was a world away. Now, it’s here.   Tr...

  5. Ukraine Kiev Pechersk Lavra

    The Kiev Pechersk Lavra, one of the Seven Wonders of Ukraine, with its golden tops and intricate ornamentations, is best when visited on a sunny summer's day. Its sprawling grounds, home to a number of underground caves, overlook Kiev's Dnieper River.

  6. Paraguay Condoms on Bananas

    A safe sex workshop excercise, practicing putting condoms on bananas in a girl's school in Horquetta, Paraguay. 

  7. Paraguay World Map Prison

    Putting the finishing touches on a three month project to paint a world map on the classroom wall of a prison in Concepcion, Paraguay. 

  8. Paraguay How I Learned Guarani

      The Peace Corps is not a travel agency.  I sat nervously in the recruiter’s office, exhausted from the two-hour interview, when I was asked the golden question.  “What part of the world would you like to serve?  Remember, we assign volunteers where their skills are most needed, not because they want to be tourists.”             I desperately wanted to live in Central America.  The climate! The food! The beach! But I was better prepared than that.  “I would like to serve in Central America s...

  9. Paraguay How I Learned Guarani

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  10. Armenia Wolf Story

    Verbatim conservation about wolves dictated by Will Dickinson. Sometime during the winter that never seemed to end 05’. Dusk I am walking home…..  Thinking: Just finished a marathon language class. My head is about to explode. Of course I need a walk. Why I am studying this language? How is this going to help me in the future?   Continues to the open plains around Jermuk inhabited by wolves and bears.   Lost in his thoughts he forgets to watch where he is going avoid a hash(sp?) party.   1st...

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