1. Guatemala Flowers.

    Some of the girls making flowers out of plastic bottle to decorate a car with for the Parade. I was impressed with their creativity!

  2. Guatemala The Masses.

    Feria, Day #1. Early in the morning, the Premaria (elementary school) students had a parade throughout town (which I encountered while out running errands). The parade ended up here at this futbol field directly in front of my house where the announcer gave the statistics for the school and the kids got to do their dance in front of everyone. But what you can't hear in Michael Jackson playing in the background which makes this scene truly magical...

  3. Guatemala Conservative?

    As conservative as Guatemalan culture is, especailly in my site where the majority of the population is indigenous and wear their traditional "Traje," It was amazing for me to see the outfits my kids wore for the Feria - or the town Fair, as in this picture. But they were so proud as they were dancing down the streets of our town. I couldn't help but be proud!

  4. Guyana Helping Hands

    Traditional handicraft is a huge part of our Amerindian village's culture and identity.  Hats, fans, necklaces, baskets, a backpack of sorts called a Warshi, and other items are made from the surrounding resources.  They use certain vines, grasses, and the leaves of the Ite' Palm to create the items and then use them till they degrade to the point that they can't use them anymore. In trying to preserve part of their culture, older members of the community hold small seminars and invite the yo...

  5. Tanzania Living [in] a dream

    After living overseas for 15 months, I have returned to U.S. soil to see family during Christmas and New Years. Thoughts about this trip have been bouncing around in my brain for 5 months. That's when I first started talking to my parents about coming home for the holidays, and I had been dreaming about America ever since. As December approached, and as I saw my friends take their leave across the Atlantic and come back, I began to wonder what my encounter with American culture would be like....

  6. Madagascar Home Therapy

    A young girl, 14 year-old Brenda, applies ground curry root to PCV Dorothy's bruises to help heal it.

  7. Uzbekistan World Holiday Traditions Warm an American Heart

    http://thirdcoastdigest.com/2010/12/world-holiday-traditions-warm-an-american-heart

  8. Jordan Hard Efforts and World Peace

    Showing off the finished World Peace Day crafts project. Each flag was made by one of the students of our special education center. 

  9. Cambodia Wadin' In the Water

     Friday, October 15, 2010. In Cambodia, to be eligible to become a lower secondary school teacher, one must hold a certificate of general secondary education, pass an entrance exam and undertake two-years training at one of the six regional teacher training centers (RTTC), which are located in Battambang, Prey Veng, Takeo, Kampong Cham, and Kandal provinces. Upon successful completion of the RTTC training, graduates are warded a certificate of pedagogical training, qualifying them to teach 7t...

  10. Tonga The Peace Corps Experience: The Next Generation

    A lot of people assume that Peace Corps is a certain way: noble, self-sacrificing people leaving it all behind to live among throngs of starving children in the middle of nowhere -- or, The Peace Corps Experience. We are not living the Peace Corps Experience. No doubt, some people do live something more similar to this way, but even then, it is almost never exactly the noble ideal.Instead of living the Peace Corps Experience, my husband Mark and I are living what could be called The Peace Cor...

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