1. South Africa South African Summers

    There was a small river between our village and the neighboring village and summer rains would help fill it up enough for swimming.  It was also about the only way to cool off during the horriffic heat of South African summers and the local kids weren't shy to take advantage of it.  Here's a late afternoon picture of our brother in our host family following his friend with a large leap into the cool waters, while his sister in the background looks on.

  2. South Africa The Pied Pipers

      Soon after Woody and I first arrived to our permanent site, one day after school we had a gaggle of children follow us home like the Pied Piper of Hamelin.  Each one carrying a brick in their hands. When we stopped and asked why they were carrying bricks, they answered in unison “I don't know.”  Well, it turned out that our principal arranged to have a shower drain and “septic” tank (really a French drain) installed at our house and he asked literally every child from the school to bring...

  3. East Timor Talk to a drunken Volunteer: Elvis and the Little Cat Story

    “So it’s right after a bank day right, so I’ve got a pocket of money.  And no one is waiting for me in my site so I stop over in Maubisi and I go over to see Betty and I’m like, want some whiskey? Not like I had to twist her arm. So I pour some myself this big glass and sit down, it’s evening so I can crash on the floor. Well Betty has this little cat.  It’s half grown cute, like cats are, and it’s jumping around and goes out the window.  I’m about to enjoy this drink, my first, and we hear ...

  4. Mongolia Naddam

    Every year in Mongolia  Naddam is celebrated. Its the 3 manly sports Archery, children's horse racing and wrestling. There is a National Naddam is July and local ones too. This year 2011 Overhaungi the region I live in is celebrating tis 80th anniversary. 

  5. Georgia Host Family Fun

    Playing the "maze game" with host family and friends. 

  6. Thailand Crazy parade

    This was taken at a parade in Ratanaburi, Surin.  The parade was for the upcoming rocket festival.  What this man is doing and representing, I don't know.  But that's half the fun of Peace Corps - figuring out what's going on around you.

  7. Thailand Telling me how it is

    My host mom is a very sweet and caring person.  However, she doesn't look it in this photo.  She was trying to get a point across and I wasn't understanding what she was saying.  Shortly after this photo was taken, she playfully hit me on the arm, laughed and walked away. 

  8. Madagascar Hokey Pokey goes to Madagascar

    We taught out Malagasy Summer Campers some English vocabulary doing the hokey pokey.  They sang most of the song in Malagasy (to make it relevant), but see if you can pick out the words you know!

  9. Liberia A Ribbon of Red Runs Through the Jungle

    I’ve been on bad roads while driving to hiker trailheads in Colorado, but six hours trying to keep my head from pock-marking the roof of the Pathfinder I was riding in topped them all. The road I’m talking about is in Liberia, Africa, where I served for one month as a Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV). My first stop in country was the capital, Monrovia, then all PCRVs and PC Trainees traveled to Kakata for orientation and training, two weeks for PCRVs and two months for PCTs. Aft...

  10. Cameroon Short, Dark, Handsome Stranger

    My Peace Corps training period took place in Dang – a small village of around 80 in Cameroon’s Centre Province. Although only five people lived at my host family’s home, there was a crowd of 10-15 gathered around in our living room most evenings to watch the new American guy eat couscous de maïs (thick corn mush with a doughy consistency) and hear him attempt to communicate with his broken French and hilarious accent. As no one in my village, other than the other trainees, spoke more than two...

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