1. The Gambia Cultures combine

    My parents came to visit after my first year. Here they are in their Gambian outfits.

  2. Peru Huayno Dance Off

    A little girl and I were having a dance-off to the native dance of the Peruvian Sierra called "Huayno" one rainy afternoon. The little girl won.

  3. Mongolia Mongolian Horse Race

    Typically children are the ones doing the horse racing, and this boy is no exception. Taken September 2010 in Baruun-Urt, Mongolia.

  4. Dominica Integration, Integration, Integration

    Can you spot the Peace Corps Volunteer?  I was asked by the village cultural group, Karifuna, to participate in their stage performance during the annual Carnival Queen Pageant held before a crowd of 1,000 plus at the National Stadium in the capital city.  It was great fun to dance around on stage all crazy while looking like a smurf.  This was apparently an opposite representation of slavery, the "blue man" is in chains and being oppressed by an evil man with a whip.  Why have me p...

  5. Guyana Bike Market

    A way of selling... 

  6. Madagascar Famadihana

    Honoring their ancestors by dancing with them at the Turning of the Bones festival near Ambatondrazaka, Madagascar.

  7. Mongolia Matching Hats

    A fellow PCV and I went to his coworker's homes during Tsagaan Sar. Even the children get in on fox-hat action!

  8. Mongolia Traditions!

    During Tsagaan Sar, it's tradition to pass snuff bottles to each other and sniff them. This is quite the rare moment where Mongolians are smiling in a photograph. :) This was taken at my hospital Tsagaan Sar meeting, where everyone chats and greets each other on the new year.

  9. Nicaragua Shining Shoes

    I met Diego while walking through town to the main bus stop. He ran up from behind and yelled “Oy,chele!” (hey, whitie!) and offered to shine my shoes. Over his small shoulder he was lugging the typical wooden box the shoe shine boys used to carry their brushes and polish as they ran around town looking for work: dusty cowboy boots and leather shoes. He was about eight years old and had a cocky strut. His hands, face, and tank top were smudged and, in some places, nearly covered with shoe po...

  10. Costa Rica Modern Volunteer

    Years ago, volunteers were assigned communities with no water or electricity, including no internet access. Today, I don't think I could be as productive and resourceful as I am with these things.

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