1. Guatemala Telephone Talk

    Talking on the phone in Guatemala is always an awkward exchange. You can be confident that the person on the other line will answer the phone by saying “aló” which sounds like “hello” with a spanish accent. I have two theories on the word “aló.” Since the word means hello but is exclusively used when answering the phone I'm convinced that either A.) Spanish speakers made-up the word after the invention of the telephone for the sole purpose of answering calls like the American inventors demons...

  2. Guatemala Jesus Cristo

      One great thing about the Peace Corps is the opportunity it affords to meet amazing people, both host country nationals and other Peace Corps volunteers. Ask any volunteer what enabled them to endure the taxing environments and situations they find themselves in over the course of two years of service, and I’d bet most would say, “the people.” I don’t know how I could have ridden this emotional roller coaster this long without my fellow volunteers. We grow together, celebrate our gains toge...

  3. Uzbekistan Doppas

    Uzbekistan is one of those “stan” countries, a part of the former Soviet Union, a predominantly Muslim country with legendary cities of Samarkand and Bukhara, but it had been practically unvisited by tourists for over a hundred years. I had no idea what to expect there as a Peace Corps Volunteer, and nobody could tell me much either. At age 56, I had traveled the globe extensively on business and pleasure, and I felt up to anything. Besides, as it turned out, there really was no way that...

  4. Czech Republic Meeting with the future of the Czech Republic

    Much of my time was spent teaching ecological concepts to teachers and students - often in Czech. Here I meet with future leaders and decision-makers of the Caech Republic.

  5. Iran I Am Expressions

    I Am Expressions   My training for Peace Corps Iran was held in a small town south of Tehran.  This was in 1973. I remember some of those days very well.  Other days I remember only being less than well, spending a lot of time on squat toilets.  Some things I don’t need to remember. Some memories just reappear in the oddest ways. One of the training exercises was to test our level of Farsi Language learning.  I think it was also a test to help us discover for ourselves if the Peace Corps exp...

  6. Senegal Running for the Rain, or to Find Love

    As part of the traditional start to the Rainy Season in my area, Thiura Pethie is an enormous festival involving storytelling, throwing millet and yogurt mixtures, traditional Serere wrestling, and running around sacred baobab trees.  A type of fertility ceremony, the youth of the community run around the tree, at least 3 times, in hopes of having good fortune and finding their soul mate over the course of the following year.  There is joy and anticipation in the celebration, praying for a bo...

  7. Jamaica Mother's Day in the Bush

    Making cards for Mother’s Day was new for the Sims Lane Children. The project drew a crowd of ten. They shared ideas, materials and a very small work space. Although different in every other way, all of the cards shared this greeting:  “Thank you, Mom, for the nine months you carried me.” This expression of gratitude with a pre-birth rather than a childhood emphasis was new for me.  

  8. Ukraine Embroidery as Far as the Eye Can See

    In Western Ukraine, the Hutsuls are renowned for their embroidery.  There are many different groups (similar to clans) that each have their own recognizable style.  Every year there is a festival to celebrate Hutsul culture in Verhovena and other places.  This picture shows one vendor's embroidery for sale. 

  9. Georgia Dragging With Time

    Regardless of how many projects or activies you are involved with, time always seems to be abundant.  This is a short film about time dragging on and fighting the inevitable boredom. 

  10. Honduras Weekend Morning

    Visiting my great volunteer friends, a couple, in coffee town Honduras.

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