1. Madagascar Pretending to be Preggo!

    I've titled this photo Pretending to be Preggo as my counterpart at the health clinic where I help out as a Health Volunteer asked me to pretend to be pregnant for a Women's Day parade they were going to have. The theme of the float was to encourage women to come to the health clinic for pre-natal consultations, why I had to pretend to be pregnant for the float I don't know. But it's a great pic!

  2. Costa Rica So much fun!

    In rural Costa Rica, the only sport kids have access to is soccer. Two PCVs came together to organize a three-day camp in Guaitil de Santa Cruz to teach 4 different sports and importance of savings. In this video, PCV Tiffany Purnell teaches basketball to some pretty excited kids at our INED Sports & Savings Camp sponsored by a Kids to Kids grant (WorldConnect). The reactions to a competitive activity are priceless. 

  3. Brazil What Price, Wisdom?

          The Peace Corps dentist in Salvador ---a large, modern Brazilian city ---informed me I had to have my wisdom teeth pulled. He gave me the name of a local dental surgeon.   I had nightmarish visions of a dentist, who wasn’t really a dentist ---just like the one at my Peace Corps site in Glória ---pulling my teeth with pliers, without benefit of an anesthetic. I have no idea what his real name was, but in Glória, everyone called him Zé Dentista.   I arrived at the real dentist’s office, ...

  4. Philippines Peeping Filipino kids

    During a stay on Camigan Island off the coast of Midanao, these kids hung around our hut the better part of a day, periodically peeping around the gate.

  5. Thailand Peace Corps 50th Anniversary Touted in Songkran Parade

    Songkran is the Thai New Year and is celebrated from April 13-15 each year. Traditionally, it was to visit and pay respect to elders, including family members, friends, neighbors and monks. Now, it has a new twist all tied to water and lots of it! During parades and or just trips down a road -- you are doused with water from containers, water guns or water hoses. You can give it as good as you receive. Groups also roam in the backs of trucks tossing water at other trucks or even people on the...

  6. Ecuador ¡El Gringo Va a Morir!

    It was the last race I ever ran. I had only been at my site for a few months when I decided to enter a 10K in Cuenca, Ecuador. In retrospect, it was a huge mistake. I hadn’t trained since college; my New Orleans lungs were still ill-equipped to extract oxygen from the thin mountain air; and my flatlander muscles could hardly summit a curb less clamber up steep cobblestone mountain roads. Nonetheless, I was, well, Peace Corps confident. Like so many new volunteers, I had set my sights on sav...

  7. Madagascar Fishing boats in Diego

    These boats were on the beach during my spring break trip to Diego in April 2002.

  8. Malawi Peace Corps Feet

    I sent this home and my family was mortified, not because of the dirty feet, but the unshaved legs!

  9. Yemen Shopping at the mall Yemen 1976

    1976 Shopping in "Souk", Covered Marketplace, near Mokha, Yemen where Mokha coffee was originally exported to Europe in 17th century.

  10. Ukraine Men's Day

    Male students at a village school in eastern Ukraine participate in an annual Men's Day competition February 23, 2011. The strongest and wittiest wins a bronze trophy and the affection of many female students.

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