1. Guyana Weaving Basket

    Even in our remote, small Amerindian village, many young people don't know how to do all the traditional skills. As a part of a training program to prevent human trafficking amoung the youth, building pride in local culture is emphasized by teaching youth how to weave baskets from local palm and how to shoot bow and arrow. Here, one youth who already knew how to weave a basket helps another who is just learning. 

  2. Botswana Say What?!

    Anyone who has joined the Peace Corps understands what it means to be out of one’s comfort zone. It is not easy to feel vulnerable in a place that is supposed to be your home for two years. One of the contributors to fear and feeling out of place is the language barrier. Since coming to Botswana, I learned that overcoming my fears and doubts of speaking Setswana is easier than I thought. I have been in Botswana for one year and I can have a basic conversation with people, but I still can't f...

  3. Mongolia Mongolian Sunset

    The most intense sunset I've ever seen, over the ger camp we stayed in on our first day in Mongolia (June 2006).

  4. Costa Rica I Believe Now

    I arrived on May 23, 2010 to a small rural community in Costa Rica and found out that the best integration strategy was to join the women's soccer team.   Although I was a disaster - play better now - I decided to learn and practice soccer with the team more than twice a week until I couldn’t do that anymore. It was a Sunday evening on mid-June of last year and by that time I already had soccer cleats.  I was still new to this sport so I didn't know I was supposed to wear certain gear th...

  5. Malawi Tiny Baby

    Malnourished child and mom at under five clinic, Kamuzu Central Hospital, Lilongwe

  6. Papua New Guinea Wah-kah

    It was my first week at homestay in Goroka, the southern highlands of Papua New Guinea. I was excited and nervous, and adjusting to all the details of a new life in a village with no electricity or running water. Over the first few days, my homestay papa Lomsea took me around to meet everyone in the village. I was just learning pigeon, so I didn’t understand much of the conversation, but I could follow that each family we met with talked excitedly about “wah-kah,” and confirmed that it would ...

  7. Ukraine Soviet-era factory rubble

    Before the fall of the Soviet Union, the city of Konstantinovka bustled with more than 20 factories, which provided thousands of jobs. Today, less than a handful of factories remain in operation. Two PCVs stand atop the rubble.

  8. Indonesia A Wave of Prayer

    morning prayer at the islamic high school where i teach, just before sacrificing 2 cows in our school yard.  later that day, the students distributed the meat to the poor. eid al-adha is celebrated around the world by muslims to commemorate abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son.  as a non-muslim, i watched from behind with the girls who were menstruating and therefore could not participate.

  9. East Timor Fire and Aunger

      Interim service training for the fifth group of volunteers in the small island nation of East Timor.    There is a rumor going around that this training has been rushed through approvals because of the high level of early terminations in our group, nearly a third of our number and only five months in site.  The venue is an idyllic convent high enough in the mountain to get a breeze but close enough to walk to a beach.  The food is sumptuous and the company exquisite.  We have one training a...

  10. Mozambique Peregrinação

    My school was on a Catholic Mission and once a year the whole community walked 23 kilometers in a religious pilgrimage to a beautiful spot right on the Indian Ocean. I snapped this photo during the walk.

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