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  1. Samoa Miko and Lio

    Lio gives his baby brother, Miko a piggy back ride.

  2. Samoa Miko and the cat have a snack

    When his older brother fell asleep while babysitting, Miko and the family cat had a snack of leftover ramen and boiled taro (then offered me some when he saw me snapping his picture).

  3. Samoa Lotofaga beach

    View of the beach by Lotofaga village, in the Aleipata district, Upolu island.

  4. Samoa Sili River

    Local kids playing in the river on a Saturday afternoon.

  5. Samoa Gazing into the ocean

    Three Samoan boys gaze out into the vast blue ocean on a southern Upolu beach.

  6. Samoa Dramatic Coastline in Samoa

    Eight-year old Lio, explores lava fields on the coast of southern Upolu.

  1. Samoa See The World

    I was supposed to leave the country, but it wasn’t looking good, being 120 feet in the air surrounded by dozens of police and firemen straining their necks to see me. It went down like this:After living it up one night, I sat alone on my front porch pondering a life of tomorrows because my departure was imminent. An adventurous, altruistic pursuit below the equator had beckoned to me. I was 24 years old, and felt hesitant to leave the hometown I knew so well for so much of the unknown. Sunset...

  2. Samoa To Sua Trench: Samoa

    My volunteer friend, Erica, had biked over to my village, Lotofaga in the Aleipata district of Samoa, for the weekend and I decided to take her to see Tō Sua Ocean Trench, an under-appreciated tourist attraction on the outskirts of the village. I’d been living in Samoa for nearly a year at that time, and Tō Sua was one of the first places my Samoan host family took me when I arrived at Lotofaga village – and I’d wanted to go back ever since. About a 15-minute walk from my house, the trench is...

  3. Samoa Around the kava bowl

    I earned a seat around the kava bowl. Just about every evening, my Samoan host father, Tuugamau and his buddy Simi, and perhaps some other friends, sit around sharing news and stories, discussing village and national politics as they drink kava from a big cooking pot. (Kava is a common ceremonial drink consumed throughout the Pacific. A very mild narcotic, kava is made from the root of a kind of pepper plant, and has a mild euphoric effect.) To me, this nightly ritual represents both a quinte...

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Map of Samoa
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program dates
1967-Present
current volunteers
35
cumulative volunteers
1,717

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