1. Bulgaria Charging with giants

    I've spent the last two years working towards the empowerment and integration of Roma youth in a small town in South-West Bulgaria. You haven't truly lived until you've seen 200 of the world's most overlooked kids get to be the center of someone's world for a few hours. This past spring, while on a humanitarian tour throughout Bulgaria, a dozen college and professional basketball players spent an afternoon in the school yard of the segregated elementary school in the Roma ghetto playing games...

  2. Malawi Nativity Scene at Chikangawa

    Years later, no participant will claim this to be their idea.  We wrote the character names on little pieces of paper (Jesus, Mary, wise man #1, angel #1, etc) placed the papers in a hat and drew rolls.  Each of us was allotted 15 minutes or so to put together a costume before making this photo.

  3. St. Lucia Greasy Pole Madness

    This is a picture of me and a couple of friends erecting the greasy pole as part of Independence Day activities in St. Lucia.  While it looks difficult putting it up, it certainly proved much more challenging for community members to scale to the top and claim the cash prize, and of course, a bottle of rum. 

  4. Fiji Lessons Learned

        1. Always wear a sports bra when riding the bus. 2. Hiking for an hour burns 500 calories. 3. Your dream needs to become a reality when it haunts you like a nightmare. 4. Powdered milk ain't so bad. 5. In Fiji, I am more likely to die from a falling coconut than a shark attack. 6. When traveling to the big city concentrate on the 3 C's ... cheese, chocolate, and cold beer! 7. You know you go to bed too early when your neighbor asks if you have problems with your electricity. 8. M...

  5. St. Lucia The Reality of Reality TV

    For the St. Lucian tourist industry, the world recession seemed to have bypassed the island like the September hurricanes thanks to the reality TV show, The Bachelor. Some of you might recall Jake taking Vienna to the Soufriere Sulphur Springs. The scene of them frolicking in the gray colored mud with a bottle of champagne nested along side Jake’s submerged hip, was indelibly imprinted in the minds of every June bride. They all longed to repeat that exact moment and many did. Like everything...

  6. Lesotho Nature's Chair

    Ntate Mathaba, a co-worker, takes a break after a long day.

  7. China Trust

    A random street in Chengdu

  8. Guatemala Feria Blues... and Pinks, and Yellows and...

    Guatemalan feria worker patiently awaiting passengers for his colorful carousel.

  9. The Gambia She's One Of Us

    I had only been in village a few months.  Most of the time, I was the only "tubob", or white person in my West African village. One day, as I was walking from the backyard of the main house, my host fathers youngest son, Mohamadou (3 years old) came running around the corner like the devil was at his heels.  He saw me, screamed my name and threw himself into my arms.  I picked him up and held him while he gripped me and burried his face in my sholder.  My Serehule wasn't that great ...

  10. St. Lucia The Human Body: An Advanced Course in Patois

    While serving as a PCV on the island of St. Lucia, I really enjoyed the opportunity to have a crack at learning another language, and had the chance to take extended Patios lessons alongside a fellow PCV and friend.  One of the most satisfying and amusing parts of my Patios lessons was learning seemingly inapplicable vocabulary that somehow extraordinarily enough found its way into everyday conversations. One day, when my fellow PCV was disappointingly absent attending a meeting, leaving me f...

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