1. Guyana Full of Smiles

    Guyanese children always ready to take a break to pose for the camera.

  2. Guyana Dawali Motorcade

    Guyanese celebration of Dawali in the capital 

  3. Vanuatu A day in the garden

    Some of the hardest physical days were also some of the best days. Here we are busy planting yam in the family garden.

  4. Vanuatu Happy Children

    The children in Vanuatu...carefree, loving and happy. If only we could all take on the world with this hopeful and enthusiastic outlook and just maybe there could be peace on earth.  

  5. Vanuatu A Basket for Change

      What started out as workshops for women to come together, sew and share stories evolved into A Basket for Change.  55 women from Paama along with the help of two returned Peace Corps volunteers Amy Chan & Brianna Russell started “A Basket for Change” (ABC) where they have created a new style of bag or basket as Ni-Vanuatu call them using cotton material printed with Vanuatu’s vibrant colors and island motif.  www.abasketforchange.org

  6. Madagascar My Driver the Hallmark Card

    I am not necessarily one for the Hallmark-ey things of the world. I do not watch Lifetime specials; I did not cry at the end of Titanic; Valentine’s Day makes me borderline nauseous. The last familial birthday card I sent was addressed, “From one deeply emotive heart to another.”But occasionally one encounters in life a person so delightfully cheesy and wonderful that even the least emotive heart cannot help but be swept away by their joy and charisma. It is as if one is suddenly and all at o...

  7. Madagascar Mango Season, A Metaphor for all Things Wonderful in Life

    On November 1st, it was though someone had flipped a switch and the rains began to fall. Six long months and many a fruitless rain-dance had produced hardly a drop, now, the opening of the sky is a daily event, one that requires due consideration for the afternoon schedule. For these are torrential downpours and venturing out in them is much akin in my my opinion to snorkeling: extreme difficulty breathing, high likelihood of drowning, thus high risk to low reward. Fortunately for the captive...

  8. South Africa Literacy Begins At Home

    My wife, Lora Willard, began gathering book donations to work on a literacy project at our schools.  But before she got a chance to begin the project at school, she pulled out a few books at our home.  Once the kids saw we had books they called all their friends and gathered around in our yard for an impromptu story time!  Literacy really does begin at home (our home in South Africa, in this instance)!

  9. South Africa Dance Your Heart Out!

    In our village they often have traditional Mchongolo dancing parties for various occasions.  This one was after the completion of a one-year "wearing the black" grieving process for a prominent family in our village who lost a member of their family.  You can see that the boys are really dancing for all they're worth and the expressions on their faces tells the whole story!

  10. Niger Making an Improved Cookstove

    This is a picture of me and a bunch of my favorite Nigerien children whom I was teaching how to make an improved cookstove out of mud and dung. 

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