1. Guatemala Life

    I believe there are very few things, physically, that Guatemalans cannot accomplish. They are the embodiment of inner strength and endurance. To you and me, we see a log that needs to get from point A to point B and think, "I need a truck." To a Guatemalan, all they need is some rope and sheer will power. I am humbled daily by their strength.

  2. Malawi profound moment

    I was at the local post office in my town in Balaka, Malawi. I was accustomed to speaking Chichewa, the local language, every time I went there. One day I was waiting in line and I heard a distinctive American voice; I looked around to find the white person - the other 'azungu' in the area. I looked and looked and went around the building and back and there was no white person to be seen. Finally I let my ears do the walking; I saw a telephone booth and in that booth was a young woman about m...

  3. The Gambia Dead Toubab Clothes

    Ever wonder what happens to all those clothes you donate to the poor people of Africa?  This is it.  They are sold in the market.  The people want "Western" clothes, and they are free/cheap to the seller, so they are less expensive than going to buy cloth and taking that to the tailor.  The locals call them "dead toubab clothes", because they can't imagine people getting rid of nice clothes like this unless the owner had died.

  4. The Gambia This is lunch?

    My patents came to visit after my first year, and did not adjust to the food very well.  Here, I am trying to explain how to eat the cous.  She was not impressed.

  5. Malawi Why I never went to Law School After Peace Corps

    One day toward the end of my service in 1992, I heard a knock on my door. I opened it and saw the chief of the village summoning me to court under the local BAOBAB tree in the scorching hot African sun. He had his offical headdress on with hundreds of HUGE FEATHERS sticking out of it. And he was speaking Chichewa in a harsh tone. He took me down the road about 3km from my home and summoned me to sit under the tree, where I was interrogated for over 14 hrs. My dog had been eating local chicken...

  6. Malawi health care clinic in Malawi

    This is what local health care costs at the clinic. Ntchifu means cough. Tibi means TB. Mzima is a stomach ache. Poliyo is a polio vaccine. Mutu wamkulu is a headache.   And 1usd equaled about 30 kwacha back in 1992.

  7. Malawi guliwamkulu

    Guliwamkulu are masked dancers from the community. They make their own masks. The identity of the individual should never be known. If in the act of dancing, a guliwamkulu lets his mask fall off and his identity becomes known; the mask is sent to a musuem (Mua Mission) for preservation in Malawi. Guliwamkulu often made red masks to mimic the face of 'the white men'. Their plays and their dances would reflect their feelings toward our race and our western culture. The closest thing I can think...

  8. Dominican Republic Politics, Dominicanized

    In reading TIME Magazine and Newsweek (all months behind, of course), it seems like American politics is getting pretty heated -- Democrats and Republics having similar goals but different objectives, Barack Obama being berated by the GOP, and Sarah Palin still being ignorant to life (answering, "All of them" when asked "Who is your favorite founding father."). At any rate, all of the ridiculousness of American politics has nothing on politics here in the Dominican Republic. For one, ou...

  9. Dominican Republic Two Years Gone By

     In what seems like a dream or a blink of an eye, over two years have flown by with the speed of a hummingbird's wings.  The feeling is entirely bittersweet; I'm happy to be coming home to the things that are comfortable and known, yet sad to leave my new home that I've adjusted to and even thrived in.  I spent so long trying to make a place for myself here and now it's time to leave the people, locations, and things that make this culture so vibrant --  Music, food, history, natural beauty. ...

  10. Madagascar Playtime

    These boys were always having so much fun playing!

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