1. Kazakhstan Everyone can be a PCV!

    Working with disabled youth in Pavlodar, Kazakhstan while celebrating 18 years of service within the country and 50 years of world wide service, two PCVs "uphold" the goals set forth.  This placard was done by a local artist and friend of PCVs and traveled all though out Kazakhstan while publicizing the work that Peace Corps has done and will continue to do.

  2. 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.

  3. Armenia Wedding Party

    Part of a wedding ritual for an Armenian couple. The groom's family welcomes the bride's arrival with dancing and gifts, and shows off the live chicken gifted from the bride's family.

  4. Mali reflection pool in a desert country

    These are the fisherman of lake Manantali returning with a fridge full of fish to Manantali village.

  5. Niger Comes A Horseman

    COMES A HORSEMAN Joel Neuberg July 11, 2011   I once owned three horses. When I arrived to begin two years service as a Peace Corps volunteer in the village of Guecheme, Niger (West Africa) in the summer of 1967, I discovered I had inherited a house, a houseboy, and a horse. The house was a substantial mud brick structure with a cement floor and a corrugated iron roof. The downside to the house was that it was a school building about a quarter mile from the main village in a low lyi...

  6. Namibia Local Petrol Station

    While Namibia has full service petrol stations as one would expect to find in America they only exist in major towns and the nearest one was an hour away and we were fast running out of petrol.  After a quick consensus we decided to leave the main highway and scour the villages for unofficial petrol stations.  This photo was taken, with much relief, as a friendly local filled our tank at a village near Sambyu, about an hour outside of Rundu.

  7. Namibia Good Girls Go To Heaven But Vegetarians Go To Hell

    Vegetarians are an anomaly in Namibia and meat is generally considered the only food group.  Therefore it is understandable that people who voluntarily do not eat meat perplex them.  Upon announcing to my host family that I was a vegetarian they looked at me with mystified expressions and said, “Do you eat fish and chicken?” Laughingly, I said “No.  In America chicken and fish are considered meat.” and proceeded to explain the ethical, moral, and environmental ideals that do not match with e...

  8. Namibia Smokey The Bear Says Only You Can Prevent Snakebites

    Everyone has a phobia.  The fact that I made it through life immune to childhood fears gave me an overblown sense of victory.  That was before I moved to Namibia and realized that poisonous snakes don’t live behind thick walls of glass at the zoo they live in nature. As in the tall brush that I walk through every day.  Fortunately Namibians share my fear of snakes and are prone to taking any means necessary to kill a snake regardless if it’s a black mamba or a garden snake.  One morning I l...

  9. Namibia Winning at Life

    Anyone who knows me also knows that I am most at home curled up reading a good book.  I was not one to tromp through nature and the closest I ever came to camping was a drafty wood cabin for a Girl Scout weekend retreat at the age of ten.  However, anyone who knows me will also say I’m not one to back down from a challenge.  For me, Africa was that challenge.  When I first found out about my placement to Namibia I emailed a friend in South Africa to share the news.  It went a little something...

  10. 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!!

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