1. Gabon Men at Work?

    This is a photo of the fuel station in Mayumba, during working hours. And it's not an unusual sight. In Mayumba, a town of about 3000 people, there are only two taxis and less than ten private cars. Once the bush taxis leave for the day, there's not much for the pump attendants to do... People around here joke that, at midday, you could take a nap on the street and be perfectly safe.  Indeed, I have seen a drunk man or two do just that. 

  2. Mali Tombouctou skyline

    A view of the Tombouctou skyline as seen from the roof of the Djinguereber Mosque in the fall of 1995. I like how, since the buildings and the streets are the same color, the city seems to have grown out of the earth. Yes, Tombouctou actually exists! Every since I returned from Mali, I've found myself assuring people around the world that this is actually a real place, not a mythical city or a long-lost place that we just name to refer to somewhere too far away to imagine.

  3. Thailand Trust the Children

    In one of my favorite places I worked, Ging Amphur Bung Khong Long, some of the village boys were showing me how they fished.

  4. Niger Movie Night

    I was visiting a friend and went to a little store to get some cold drinks. When I stepped in I looked to my right and out the side door I saw all these faces staring back at me (well sort of). Then I realized all these people were watching TV, not me. They really could have cared less about be standing there, well that is until I pulled out my camera, then I got a little more attention.

  5. Mongolia Looking for the right word in Zuunmod

    Communication can be challenging. Mongolia PCV Jocelyn Sarmiento tries to find the right word to convey what needs to be done as she shows it to her counterpart in a dictionary. Jocelyn serves in the health sector and is attached to the local Health Department for the Mongolian Ministry of Health. She lives and works in Zuunmod in Mongolia's Central Province, Töv aimag.   I took this photo while traveling around the world documenting Peace Corps volunteers for a book, "Making Peace with...

  6. Paraguay Kiko & Roberto Learning English

    As Peace Corps Volunteers, we took advantage of every opportunity to teach Paraguayans something. During a dull moment in the truck on the way to an agriculture training in a rural community, Kiko asked us to teach him how to say "I want to wish you a merry Christmas"...and then we made Roberto try it, too. The language you hear them speaking is the native Guarani which we did most of our work in. 12-9-08

  7. Palau Fruit Bat Soup

    During training, on Halloween of all nights, one host family wanted to expose the PCTs to a little bit of local culture. She prepared one of her favorite dishes for us - fresh fruit bat soup. We didn't think it would be too bad until we saw the local presentation of the dish. One whole fruit bat, complete with wings, fur and beady little eyes boiled in coconut and served in a large bowl.  Now, it's very rude to turn down food in the Palauan culture, so we were each obliged to take a bite (I t...

  8. Malawi Protest

    A Peaceful protest in my boma with women of all ages, some men and a procession of cars, paraded around the boma prtesting the abuse of women and female child.

  9. Malawi Backyard Sunrise

    Here you wake up with the sun. Stepping out my back door in being greeted by the sun in a burst of color.


    My coming to terms with Colombian culture began in earnest at Tibaitatá, the Rockefeller Foundation Experimental Farm just outside Bogotá, where my Peace Corps group underwent in-country training. People were engaging, with a certain style and grace. Facilities were basic but adequate; fresh boot-prints on the commode seat did give me pause from time to time but not enough to keep me from going about my business. Food was bland, but the big barrier was Spanish. When we arrived in Co...

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