1. Belize Art projects

    I worked on a Jumpstart English program, with the goal of teaching preschool english to youth in my village. I collaborated with other volunteers and I took on the task of organizing art projects for the kids. I enjoyed coming up with new ideas and then seeing the kids experiement with the supplies I provided. In this particular project, we were trying out different stamping and printmaking supplies using tempera paint. I couldn't resist trying out a few things, too!

  2. Belize Jumpstart

    For my secondary project, I taught preschool English to 4 and 5 year old Spanish-speaking children to prepare them for starting school in an English-speaking school system in Belize. I snapped this photo as they were listening to a tape recording of themselves singing or talking. I found that the kids enjoyed singing songs and talking into the recorder as a way to improve their English.

  3. Zambia Pensive orphan

    This boy was very quiet and didn't talk as much as the other children at the school for OVCs (orphans and vulnerable children).  Instead he just squatted down in the dust and contemplated his late afternoon shadow.

  4. Niger Mr. President

    The solemn and proud president of a Peace Corps-initiated student government, in Kollo, Niger.

  5. Niger A Day in the Life

    (a description of a day in the life of a niger peace corps trainee, from my blog: www.xanga.com/astronomigirl)   “There is one way to understand another culture: Live it.  Move into it, ask to be tolerated as a guest, learn the language.  At some point, understanding may come.  It will always be wordless. The moment you grasp what is foreign, you will lose the urge to explain it.”   The call to prayer sounds every morning at sunrise, wailing “Allaaaaaahu Akbar!” as the men make their way to ...

  6. Niger Hard to Explain

    one of the hardest parts of the readjustment process has been trying to summarize my experience. people keep asking me for the highlights and the low points, the best and the worst - but how can you summarize 27 months of living abroad with the peace corps?  this video is my attempt to capture one of the most challenging and wonderful experiences i've ever known, and an homage to a country and people i'll never forget...   music: "hard to explain" by The Strokes

  7. Guatemala Horse Races

    Residents of the town of Todos Santos Cuchumatan engage in a horse race every year. The only stipulation is that the contestants must be (very) drunk, per a tradition based on a legend that the first man brave enough to ride a horse in Guatemala was from this town and was drunk when he did it, thus disproving the Spaniards' warnings that if a Guatemalan tried to ride a horse, they would be met with instant death.

  8. Guatemala The San Marcos Market

    I love my trips to the market. Although there is a grocery store in San Marcos, selling many of the same goods, I always prefer to go to the market for the human interaction and to know that most of my money is staying with Guatemalans (the grocery store is owned by Walmart!) Also, the market is just beautiful :)

  9. Morocco Speaking Up

      “Arabs treat their women terribly…women’s rights in Arab countries are just non-existent…I would hate to be a woman there.” I overheard the gentleman while on a layover at the Chicago O’Hare airport in November 2004. Immediately, my stomach tensed and my blood pressure began to rise. Had I been sitting next to the man a year before, I doubt I would have reacted so adversely. But this year, I was heading home for a vacation from my first year as a Volunteer in Morocco. I had lived and breath...

  10. Burkina Faso A Woman's Place?

    “Ko ko ko!” I look up from my book while anxiously waiting for students to arrive on the first day of the student-run “kids’ school.” “Ayo. Fofoo. Wariga.” “Yes. Hello. Come in,” I reply to the voice announcing a girl’s arrival at my courtyard gate. I wait in the shade of my straw porch, lazily deciding not to face the brutal Sahelian sun since custom doesn’t require me to rise to greet her. Since moving to Burkina Faso last year, I have found that the temperature seems to intensify...

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