1. Cambodia Grace Admist the Challenges

    My memories of her would suggest that my maternal grandmother, Jennie Inge Vester would probably call what I felt on the morning of July 22, 2010, one year after boarding the plane to Cambodia -- grace. Loaded down with a large backpack of “just in case” outfits, at 5:45 a.m. I walked the 1 kilo to P’sa T’may (New Market) to catch the Battambang City bus to Phnom Penh for my 50th birthday celebration. Walking along Highway 5, witnessing the sunrise and responding to calls in Khmer to buy brea...

  2. Azerbaijan Magical Azerbaijan

    In a village just outside of Sheki, Azerbaijan lies this beautiful 13th century church set against a backdrop of the Greater Caucasus mountain range.  To get here, my two good friends and I took an old, rickety marshrutka (think Soviet-era cargo bus complete with side benches and holes in the floor) up the hill from Sheki to Kish. As we got off the bus to pay our nominal 25 cent fare, the driver smiled, politely refused our payment, welcomed us as his guests, and then continued rolling down ...

  3. Kazakhstan September 1st

    September 1st celebration marking the first day of the school year in Kazakhstan.

  4. Georgia Village Art Day

    Kids, art and community-building in Kvibisi, the small village where we spent our Pre-Service Training.

  5. Azerbaijan Mountains in Naxchivan

    This photo was taken during the 2010 Novrus holiday on our way to visit a holy place in the mountains.

  6. Azerbaijan Spring time in Azerbaijan

    This photo was taken during the Novrus holiday in Naxchivan, Azerbaijan. The beginning of spring was warm causing all the trees to bloom early before a quick freeze just in time for the holiday.

  7. Guyana Oh snap!

    Our Community Development Officer, Mr. Douglas snaps his finger after just missing the target with his traditional bow and arrow at our Amerindian Heritage Day. 

  8. Cameroon Only in Africa

    This was a story that as it was happening, I just kept thinking, “only in Africa, only in Africa”.  Here’s the back-story first.  So normally the rainy season ends at the end of September or the first few weeks of October (it might rain from time to time but for the most part the dry season has started to set in), but here we are into November and it’s still raining almost every day.  As a result of this nonstop precipitation the roads are in TERRIBLE shape.  It’s gotten so bad that if it rai...

  9. Kazakhstan Inviting the New Year

    As an OCAP volunteer I am involved in promoting activities that bring together the colleagues of Samal Center, a rehabilitation center for disabled children and youth. As 2011 approaches, the country of Kazakhstan celebrates with Grandfather Frost and Snow Granddaughter, rather than Santa Clause and his elves. Here we see Grandfather Frost performing a traditional song while the colleagues dance together and sing along.  

  10. Samoa Dramatic Coastline in Samoa

    Eight-year old Lio, explores lava fields on the coast of southern Upolu.

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