1. Paraguay Flags

    At the "inauguration" party for my newly constructed house, my counterpart and his family flew our flags.

  2. Nigeria "Ahh, Kennedy. Il est mort."

    In 1964, my friend Marge and I left Sokoto in a Peace Corps jeep, headed for adventure. We crossed the border into Niger. No problems at the border...a small hut on the Nigerian side with a couple of youngsters in uniform waving us through. Similar kids a hundred yards later on, and similar treatment. We got some good French bread in the first little town we came to, and said unkind things about Nigerian bread, recipes for which were created by the British. We set off through the desert f...

  3. Czech Republic Meeting with Peace Corps Director Carol Bellamy

    I had the opportunity to meet with Peace Corps Director Carol Bellamy in 1995. Here I explain a food web activity that I developed. 

  4. Guyana Barefooted Rodeo

    Cowboys participate in a rodeo barefooted every Easter in the Rupunni

  5. Jamaica Impressed with Our President

    My House Mother in Ewarton, Pearl Harrison, surprised me one morning when she knocked on my door wearing her salute to President Obama. She was thrilled with his victory so a friend visiting the US sent her this teeshirt. I know for a fact that she was glued to her internet access on election night.

  6. Vanuatu Bae yu go wea?

    I had the amazing and humbling honor to be asked by my high school to speak at their 2011 Commencement. My reflection and experiences are based on my Peace Corps service. Here is the transcript.   Principal Harrington, Teachers, members of the School Board, special guests, parents and especially the 2011 graduates, thank you for this honor to speak to you today. Wow, this is weird I just gave a talk like this to a group of students a few months ago…it was in a tiny village thousands of mile...

  7. St. Kitts and Nevis 50th Anniversary Celebration in St. Kitts & Nevis

    Peace Corps celebrates 50 years in the Eastern Caribbean (1961-2011) on June 3rd in Independence Square, Basseterre, St. Kitts. 16 volunteers took part in the festivities, and hosted hundreds of students, co-workers, host country nationals, and tourists to activities, games, and info kiosks about the global mission of the Peace Corps and its history in the Eastern Caribbean.

  8. Guinea The Positive Legacy of Peace Corps

    As part of the Carter Center's Election Observation Mission for the Guinea 2010 Presidential Election, I lived in the city of Kankan (near the border with Mali) for 3 months.  While this was 7 years after my Peace Corps service and although the Peace Corps activity in Guinea had been stopped due to political unrest, the people that I met in Kankan had a very favorable impression of Peace Corps Volunteers and liked me more when I explained that I had been one in another country (Uzbekistan).  ...

  9. Ukraine Peace Corps Presentation

        I came to realize that while most people had known about the Peace Corps for years, few really understood what the organization was or why it existed at all. So when my university asked me to put on a presentation for a conference I chose Peace Corps as my topic. The three goals of Peace Corps, the different fields and countries it worked in was pretty much all new information for my audience.  

  10. Ukraine September 11th Across the Ocean

    The word for terrorist sounds the same in the three languages of my daily life -- English, Russian and Ukrainian. But I didn't want to write about the attacks on America in any language. There has been enough in the news, I wrote to one friend. I am in Ukraine, what do I know, I e-mailed another. The truth? I was scared I couldn't find the right words. Turns out, I didn't have to. A little girl in the fifth form at School Number 37 in Poltava found them for me. As we flipped though a copy o...

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