1. South Africa Today's Reader is Tomorrow's Leader

    At one of our primary schools, the library has been up and running for a while thanks to the previous PCV. Therefore, I thought that it would be a good idea to start a Reading Rewards program there in order to rejuvenate the kids' interest in reading. At our schools at least, the kids all seem to love competitions. So, this new Reading Rewards program seems to be just the thing to get them excited about reading. I called the competition the “Big Five Readers” and made a chart for each grad...

  2. Brazil Alegria! Alegria! (Happiness! Happiness!)

              After my Peace Corps service ended in 1969, I wrote to residents of Glória for a while, but many Brazilians took months to respond or didn’t respond at all. Eventually my teaching job, graduate studies, volunteer work, new husband, and hectic lifestyle took over. I lost touch with the wonderful people of Glória.           Once I had access to internet service in the 90’s, I searched for the town of Glória, with no luck. I knew it might take a while for information technology to reac...

  3. Zimbabwe The Road to the Zambezi

    This was taken on the Zimbabwean side of Victoria Falls at sunset. I was trying to take a picture to highlight how terrible the road as a result of the constant rain poured on it that is generated by the spray of the falls. In the end, with the sun filtering through the clouds of mist the picture turned out really romantic.

  4. Zambia African Skies

    The most beautiful rainbow of my life.  

  5. The Gambia Revisited

    Ibrima Sowe masters the skill of walking in his family's sandy compound in Sare Tubai, The Gambia on my visit back 3 years after my service ended.

  6. The Gambia Cherno

    Cherno Sowe celebrates at a wedding in Serekunda, The Gambia.

  7. Cameroon Karate Kids

    Kids in Mobe (a village I worked with on a well installation project) showing off their best karate moves

  8. Philippines Forming Islands in the Philippines

    One of the Philippine creation myths speaks of a lightning bolt blasting rock and dropping islands from the sky to form the vast archipelago.  Another myth suggests that the Filipino people emerged from a piece bamboo before fanning out across the island chain.  It is no myth that life in the Philippines can feel scattered and vast.  Its history is a tangled mix of native roots and colonial influences.  The cultural and geographic diversity can feel as if each of the thousands of islands is ...

  9. Tunisia Kindergarten, Hammam-Zriba

    Taken in 1968, the photo shows opening day, waiting for President Habib Bourguiba, at a kindergarten I designed in Hammam-Zriba, a village near Zagouan.  Subsequently I became a professor at the École des Beaux-Arts in Tunis, helping to establish the first professional degree program for architects in Tunisia.

  10. Senegal Mamdou the Woodworker

    As part of my job as a Small Enterprise Development Agent in Senegal, I work with artisans to help them improve their business skills and market their goods. This is me with Mamadou Dioum, a woodworker from Diourbel at an Artisan Exposition in Dakar, Dec 2010.

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