1. Samoa Gazing into the ocean

    Three Samoan boys gaze out into the vast blue ocean on a southern Upolu beach.

  2. Samoa Sili River

    Local kids playing in the river on a Saturday afternoon.

  3. Samoa Lotofaga beach

    View of the beach by Lotofaga village, in the Aleipata district, Upolu island.

  4. Samoa To Sua Trench: Samoa

    My volunteer friend, Erica, had biked over to my village, Lotofaga in the Aleipata district of Samoa, for the weekend and I decided to take her to see Tō Sua Ocean Trench, an under-appreciated tourist attraction on the outskirts of the village. I’d been living in Samoa for nearly a year at that time, and Tō Sua was one of the first places my Samoan host family took me when I arrived at Lotofaga village – and I’d wanted to go back ever since. About a 15-minute walk from my house, the trench is...

  5. Bulgaria Merry Christmas!

    Getting ready to celebrate with their annual Christmas program, 5 kindergarteners at the Roma kindergarten in Samokov Bulgaria stop for a photo op while sporting their new Santa hats! 

  6. Burkina Faso Bintou

    Some things are universal – like children’s distaste for baths.  Every evening Adama, the mother of the family with which I shared a courtyard, would try to convince Bintou, the family’s 3 year-old, to cooperate while an older sister gave her a bucket bath.  Sometimes the promise of a photo would help.  

  7. Suriname bricks

    handmade bricks for the bakery.  Only 273 more to go

  8. Suriname tranquil moment

    on the river

  9. Bulgaria Halloween Celebration

    A girl helps her friend with her costume in preparation for a Halloween celebration.

  10. Bulgaria Pumpkin Carving

    A boy carving a pumpkin in preparation for a Halloween celebration.

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