1. Kazakhstan Celebrating 18 years of service with President Obama

    Thanks to a local friend of PCVs in Pavlodar, Kazakhstan President Obama "traveled" the country giving everyone the chance to become a PCV and be congratulated by the President.  Seen here is a very active local volunteer at the library's American Corner.

  2. Macedonia Can you spare a square?

    During the first few days of our Pre-Service Training a few of us got together for a much needed pizza break.  I quickly became friends with another PCV, a CA woman who was older and wiser than myself,  except in one area...the Macedonian bathroom (or the hole-you-pee-in room).  We went to the ladies room together and I did my buisness, but I heard a not-so-soft gasp coming from the other stall.  I finished and came out to see her doing the bathroom jig in her long, flowing skirt. 'What?!  Ho...

  3. Macedonia Kids will be kids!

    It just goes to show you that no matter where you are, kids are kids!  Who needs fancy, new, brightly colored toys?  After a gift was received by our Macedonian family, the grandchildren quickly put their imaginations at use with the box.  They had fun for hours!!

  4. Macedonia Girls just want to have fun!

    This group of girls became very special to me, very quickly.  As only children can do, they welcomed and loved me before I could even get my newly learned and practiced Macedonian 'hello' out of my mouth. We spent a great deal of time together and always, always laughed  (I wonder if most of their laughing was at my attempt to speak their language!?). They proved that language does not bond people together, it's the special connection that occurs after your first shared smile.  They continue ...

  5. Macedonia Rakia

    Rakia is the local 'moonshine' and is used for many things besides toasting special occasions (think of it as an all around product - household cleaner, shines your wooden furniture and cures what ails you!).  This is Tosho, our Macedonian father, with his great friend and neighbor, Baba Vera, making Rakia on a chilly Fall day.  Baba Vera always had a smile on her face!

  6. Macedonia Peppers and tobacco

    This is a typical house in Macedonia, but I hadn't seen one this colorful with drying peppers and tobacco.  I came across this house on a walk and didn't know the people living there, so I shapped the picture quickly before I was questioned about why on earth I would want this picture. 

  7. Ukraine Pig Statue

      I found it amusing that someone decided “You know who needs a statue? Pigs.” It seems particularly odd to me now that I live in a Muslim country where people are revolted by pigs.

  8. Ukraine Easter Egg Hunt

      Here are some children searching for eggs at a hunt organized at an orphanage by Peace Corps Volunteers.

  9. Ukraine дуже Ukrainian Girls

      This is at "Survival Camp" put together by volunteers to give students a chance to be outdoors and practice English.  Pictured are two of our campers posing in traditional Ukrainian clothes, making them "дуже" (very) Ukrainian Girls.

  10. Ukraine Greek Ruins of Ukraine

    This is from a Summer camp I worked at in Sevastopol, a cit in Crimea.  During the moring I would teach English and in the afternoon we would go out sightseeing.  Here we are at some ancient Greek ruins. 

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