1. Moldova Bunny fun

    Spring is without a doubt my favorite time of the year in Moldova. Living with a host family I am able to see what it's like to grow your own food in the garden, make your own cheese from your goat, and how to raise farm animals. With Spring comes all of the babies! This picture is of a very fat bunny that my host dad thought was so funny looking that one day he brought him in the house and put him on my bed so a friend of mine and I could play with him. The bunny got comfortable!

  2. Ecuador Top Grads

    The Spanish introduced sheep to Ecuador in the early 16th century. Nearly 500 years later, the animals there now look nothing like their ancestors. The Andean Criollo sheep are tough yet small. They produce very little meat and the quality of their wool is poor.  I was able to get a grant and purchased 40 purebred Merino from New Zealand. I gave five to each of the eight schools in the Parroqia. I then did a number of classes on small animal husbandry. At the end of the year, the top graduat...

  3. Moldova Duck herding

    Here in Moldova ducks are a common food source and learning to herd them can be a tricky process.  Luckily, my neighbor was a great teacher and I quickly learned the important techniques of keeping my quacking friends in line.

  4. Moldova Goat Herdin'

    After a weekend filled with gorging ourselves at Easter celebrations, Emily and I decided to take a walk around her village of Peresecina for some exercise. We eventually found ourselves walking along a path discussing very important matters, such as the name of the strange bugs that kept buzzing around our heads, when we stumbled upon a herd of goats and their very enthusiastic shepherd. The shepherd was in a very festive mood and happy to meet the two of us and our camera. It was a f...

  5. Costa Rica Brave Guard Dog

    "Perro que ladra, no muerde" -- A "dicho"

  6. Moldova Just Kiddin' Around

    Goats are a major part of the agricultural industry in Moldova as a source for meat, milk and clothing.  Most families own their own small herd consisting of a couple Nannies and a few kids.  This little guy was just hanging around one day while I was walking through my pre-service training village.

  7. Morocco Biking to the lake

    One of my favorite activities while I was a volunteer was taking long bike trips with fellow volunteers and my host brothers.  This photo was taken on our first trip to a dam (and the resulting lake), three hard and hilly hours away from my village.  I had found the lake on Google Earth and we set out one day to find it, asking directions from the nomads that we encountered along the way walking through the scrubby hills with their vast herds of sheep.  

  8. Ecuador Niños & Ovejas

    Delivering sheep to the children of Pinjuma

  9. Madagascar Making new friends

    Hanging out with the lemurs in southern Madagascar.

  10. Botswana Camels

    Camels in the Kgalagadi Desert! Aren't they adorable?!

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