1. Nicaragua Gentleman on Corn Island

    I traveled for a weekend to visit a volunteer site, which happend to be on Corn Island. Corn Island has a serious Caribbean flavor and at the time many unspoiled beaches. On a trek around the Island I came across this gentleman collecting coconuts. He had a tough life but was content in that he could make a modest living.  

  2. Philippines America

    There is a little girl who lives down the street.   I see her sometimes on my morning walk to work.   She’s a tiny thing, maybe four or five, and she’s usually wearing shorts, a t-shirt, and flip-flops.  I don’t think that she goes to school.  Any time I do see her she stops in her tracks, grins from ear to ear, sort of leans back a little, points, and yells at the top of her voice, “AMERICA!”  It always catches me off-guard.  She communicates only that one word, but her body language shows h...

  3. Botswana Sunset Storm

    The view from my kitchen window of sunset before a winter storm.

  4. Romania Peace Corps Romania Quarterly Newsletter Excerpt

                     Volunteer Voices Page 11 Winter 2010 What is an American? It seems so long ago, I was sitting in a classroom on the other side of the ocean, having recited the “Pledge of Allegiance” to our flag then opening up a battered hardcover book of World Geography on another Thursday morning at Veazie Street School in Providence, Rhode Island. Back then, I thought about what other kids were doing all the way over in places like, Egypt, Panama, Fiji, or Nigeria. Did they have t...

  5. Ghana Meeting the Ambassador

    I was in Ghana in 1974-76 and was there when Shirley Temple Black was the Ambassador. I had grown up knowing that she and I have the same birthday, April 23. On our birthday, April 23, 1976 I was in the capital city, Accra and decided to see if she would meet with me ( I had met her before at a Peace Corps dinner).  I went to the American Embassy and ran the doorbell and was greeted by the Marines at the front desk.  I explained that I was a Peace Corps volunteer who had the same birthday as ...

  6. Mozambique The diversity that is Peace Corps!

    From different backgrounds, cultures and cities of the U.S. together to serve the people of Mozambique. Love!

  7. Botswana Mokoro

    A mokoro is a traditional wooden boat, usually steered by a person standing at one end with a pole or long stick/branch.  They are used in the Okavango Delta and wetter areas in the north of Botswana as both transportation and tourism activity.

  8. Botswana Botswana Outdoor Seating

      My host family's yard was spiffied-up for my host-sister's summer wedding.  My host father was the kgosana, or headman, of our village.  His eldest daughter's wedding was a celebration that spared no expense or nicety.  Family and friends from both near and afar joined in a massive feast and dance that lasted 3 days, including the preparations that led up to the actual ceremony and post-ceremony party.   This is the seating area, constructed just for the occasion;  a blend of mud-earth and ...

  9. Azerbaijan Ashura

    A Muslim day of mourning which remembers the martyr Husayn Ibn Ali (prophet Muhammad’s grandson) and 72 of his companions who were killed fighting for justice in 680 AD.  

  10. Azerbaijan "Helping Promote a Better Understanding"

    I left the U.S. during a time when Americans were struggling with their perceptions of an entire religion, that of the Muslim faith.  I didn’t understand the messages of hate which were being expressed by my fellow Americans and I thought (and I still think) it came from a lack of understanding and a fear of the unknown.  Serving here in Azerbaijan with the Peace Corps has confirmed just how wrong so many of my American compatriots are on this topic. For the first time in my life, I atte...

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