1. The Gambia Joankunda

    She sits in the shade on a worn pink silky cloth laid on the raised cement slab that is a resting place in the late afternoon. Joankunda and three of her grandchildren gather under the sloping grass roof while the children’s mothers sweat over simmering pots of spicy stew that will be the evening meal for the family. Now that her two oldest sons are married, Joankunda no longer has to cook. The daughters-in-law take turns preparing the food. This is a well-deserved break for Joankunda, a...

  2. Morocco Christmas Cake!!

    My back was acting up and it was bone chilling cold, both, outside and in my Moroccan host family’s home on Christmas day in 2006.  I hadn’t planned on doing anything to celebrate Christmas.  My host family was not home.  I was just hanging out with a hot water bottle and a book when a fellow PCV phoned to say that he was outside in the street---he had something for me.  Andrew (who created thirdgoal.org) lived an hour or two from me and had been in country a year longer than I.  I went outsi...

  3. Suriname projects

    Two Peace Corps projects have consumed most of my time.  The first is continuing to train the Park Rangers in using a laptop computer.  We had to send our laptop into the city for six weeks which was a bit of a setback.  The tutoring is slow due to the newness of them using a keyboard and mouse for the first time however we’re starting to see progress which is mutually satisfying.  I have received a new laptop which I’m hoping is a little more reliable. On the second project a group of ...

  4. Bulgaria The Joy of Life

    Me with a group of kids from the village where I live.

  5. St. Vincent and the Grenadines Carlos, my friend Levi

    This is Carlos. I'm Heather. We call each other Levi.

  6. St. Vincent and the Grenadines Johnny & Me

    Johnny and me walking home after school.

  7. Guatemala An Offering

    An "anciano", or ancient, Mayan man offers a passionfruit from his tree.

  8. Guatemala Sitting

    An ancient Mayan man sits outside his house. 

  9. Guatemala Break

    An old Mayan woman takes a break from weaving

  10. Georgia Mother and Daughter

    Mother and daughter back-strap weave for hours a day on their porch. 

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