1. Morocco Women are Women- Everywhere

    In the small town where I was a volunteer, women wear long black synthetic sheets of fabric wrapped complicatedly around their bodies. The way it's wrapped creates a hood that can be easily pulled together around their mouthes and noses in the event that a man appears. These women are great mothers and superb caretakers. Everyday they clean their entire house, prepare four homemade meals for their families and even find time to pray five times. To the outsider, these women are uneducated and ...

  2. Moldova Folkloric Competition Orhei: Bastina

    This is the video of the local Folkloric group competition in the municipality center of Orhei. This video is of the Folkloric Group, Bastina from my village and their performance at the competition. The word Bastina (Bah-shti-na) means motherland or homeland.

  3. Moldova Caruta Ride

    After completing one day of our weekend seminar in Socola, Soldanesti our host offered to take us up to "the hill" where her farm is. She then informed us we would be taking a Caruta or horse and cart to our destination. We were overjoyed with the opportunity to take our first caruta ride in Moldova!!!

  4. Moldova Bird Brain

    Today, March 14, 2011 a bird flew into my office and stayed for about an hour flying back and forth between the agricultural pamphlets and the plant that sits over my partner's desk. My partner just laughed at me when I stood in the corner and waited for him to leave. When he finally flew out she called after him "Mai intrati" meaning... "Come again!"

  5. Moldova Kids in Peresecina, Orhei, Moldova

    My host partner's goat had babies in Peresecina, Moldova! I was given the honor of naming the new babies and so the little brown girl is named Cinnamon and the boy is Billy Bob. Apparently you are not supposed to give animals human names because it is not a good omen. The animals are typically named for the day they are born on. However, I convinced my partner and her neighbor that it was okay to use American pet names and that in fact this might be a really good omen.

  6. Moldova Transportation in Moldova: Rutiera

    My friend Sarah and I traveling from the town of Floresti to Balti for jewelry club supplies on the Monday before International Women's Day, March 7, 2011.

  7. East Timor Turn back the tide.

    As a way to thank the famalies who helped in out training the PCV's of TL-5 decided to throw a party.  Everyone liked the dancing and food.  Introducing a pinata in a child rich, candy poor community, however, took a quick turn for the worse. Telling a mob of children who only have candy once a year that they can have a lot of candy if they his something with a stick, not our best idea.

  8. Madagascar Translation: Good Choices Camp

    Volunteers from various sectors in the northern region of Madagascar came together to plan a camp focusing on life choices.  We each brought 4-6 youth from our villages.  Campers were provided with transportation, three nutritious meals a day, and educational activities regarding environmental issues, nutrition, safe sex, and why it is important to continue their education.

  9. Moldova Rough Rider

    In Moldova it is common to see old cars, motorcycles, tractors, trucks and jeeps.  Many of which are still around from WWII which is pretty amazing that they are still running.  The men and women of Moldova take very good care of their machines and it is a small miracle that they are so well maintained especially if you look at the road infrastructure.

  10. Niger Streets of Lido

    THE STREETS OF LIDO Joel Neuberg July 16, 2011   At the end of the 1968 rainy season, I moved into the recently abandoned Jack Saunders residence in Lido, Niger. Jack abandoned the house, a two-room adobe brick thatch-roofed African hut with a mud floor, because he was extending for a third year to ensure the success of his plan to bring democracy and a form of literacy to the peanut markets of the farmers’ cooperatives in our part of West Africa. He had a car, a little French Deux Ch...

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