1. Fiji A Peace Corps Volunteer's Wish

    As a PCV you are in the public eye as a representative of the United States --- representing the best of America’s hopes and dreams by assisting other countries. Please watch my video to learn how a Peace Corps Volunteer is like a star! More details on my Peace Corps experience: www.courtneyraysplaceofbloggage.blogspot.com

  2. Guatemala My Peace Corps Service--Avoiding War Through Service

                    Like some Peace Corps Volunteers of an earlier era, my decision to join the Peace Corps was shaped by the events on the ground when I volunteered.  In the 1960s, it was the Vietnam War and the draft; the Peace Corps was one way to defer draft eligibility.  For me, in the 1980s, it was AIDS; the Peace Corps was my way of avoiding that “war” of my generation, my way of deferring being drafted into the AIDS epidemic.  In both cases, volunteers were hoping to avoid death while man...

  3. Democratic Republic of Congo Celebrating MLK Day

    I remember tuning in the shortwave radio to pull the celebration of the first nationally recognized holiday in Dr. King's memory.  The battery was taken from the moto for this day.  We sat under the little lemon tree in my parcel and I was awestruck - half a world away, in the land of my ancestors, on the day the United States finally honored him.  Tears streamed down my face as I began to explain in Tshiluba what this meant to me and millions of other African Americans.  My kids, who all cal...

  4. Guatemala Culture Clash

    A Mayan grandma wrapped in traditional clothes supports her granddaughter wearing an American flag bandana

  5. Morocco Speaking Up

      “Arabs treat their women terribly…women’s rights in Arab countries are just non-existent…I would hate to be a woman there.” I overheard the gentleman while on a layover at the Chicago O’Hare airport in November 2004. Immediately, my stomach tensed and my blood pressure began to rise. Had I been sitting next to the man a year before, I doubt I would have reacted so adversely. But this year, I was heading home for a vacation from my first year as a Volunteer in Morocco. I had lived and breath...

  6. El Salvador The Culture of Hospitality

    At home, the homeless are almost always strangers to be avoided, but in El Salvador, as is probably true of other developing countries, the homeless are friends and neighbors to be cared for. Whenever I walked the dirt paths of my community, I would often come across a frail elderly woman with a toddler. I was amazed that the toddler was made to walk so much, and that the woman spent little time at home. I assumed the lady liked to chotiar, visit her friends. One day, after expressi...

  7. Colombia USA in the shade

    Our flag being very helpful

  8. Honduras Turkey Bowl Honduras Style

    A few of us volunteers got together for Thanksgiving to play football(americano) at a local cow pasture.  The children from the town were out to watch.  Hondurans are often confused by football(americano), but maybe they understood a little more after this game.  

  9. Madagascar Portrait of Good Friday

    This is Soajama, whose name means "Good Friday" in Malagasy.

  10. Micronesia Halloween in the tropics

    Because we all had those times we needed a little (or big) taste of home and such comfortable memories, the PCVs on Kosrae always had a Halloween party.  Complete with long thought-out costumes.  And generally bad beer.   

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