April Muniz

Volunteer: April Muniz

Bio:

I am a Peace Corps Volunteer currently serving as a Small Enterprise Development Agent in Diourbel, Senegal (West Africa).  I joined the Peace Corps after a 20 year career in research and development and start-up ventures.  I grew up in the Washington Metropolitan area but have spent most of my adult life nestled against the Blue Ridge Mountains in Charlottesville, Virginia.

2010 - 2012


Contributions from April Muniz

  1. Senegal The Queer Quiz

    One of my proudest achievements in service, thus far, did not include attempts to end malaria, to promote nutrition for small children, or even to introduce an alternative fuel source.  No, instead, my moment of glory came in the administration of a quiz---a "queer quiz", to be exact. At the tail end June, Gay Pride Month in America, five other volunteers joined me at the Thiès Training Center to deliver a day-long seminar on sexual orientation and alternative lifestyles.  Our targ...

  1. Senegal Getting a Little Perspective

    The great baobab trees of Senegal are a good reminder of just how old Africa is.

  2. Senegal Little Pulaar Girl

    A little Pulaar Girl poses for a photo in traditional garb.

  3. Senegal Faux Lion

    Faux Lion (fake lion) ceremonies involve traditional drumming and dancing and are common in Senegal.   Performers wear colorful garb with animal influences and entertain the crowds with their rowdy behavior.

  4. Senegal Pretty in Pink

    A Pulaar herdsman pulling water from a well for his cows in a village south of Diourbel, Senegal.

  5. Senegal Hoopiness!

    Bringing the joy of the hula hoop to the children of West Africa.  My Girls Group spent the afternoon making hula hoops and then we practiced our moves.  They were quick learners.

  6. Senegal Mamdou the Woodworker

    As part of my job as a Small Enterprise Development Agent in Senegal, I work with artisans to help them improve their business skills and market their goods. This is me with Mamadou Dioum, a woodworker from Diourbel at an Artisan Exposition in Dakar, Dec 2010.

  7. Senegal Village Women

    These lovely women were walking back to their village in the southern Kaolack region of Senegal.

  8. Senegal Paper Recycling in Senegal

    These are members of my Eco-Ecole program (an environmental education program for 9-11 year olds) who are ripping recyclable paper with me to make paper briquettes to use for cook stoves.

  1. Senegal Hoopiness!

    I host a Girls Club in my neighborhood which meets twice a month. I try to involve the girls in creative thought and play.  This week, we made hoops from PVC pipe, connectors, and electrical tape and learn some basic moves.  They were movin' and groovin' in no time--quick learners!  Just before this video was shot, I challenged the girls to hoop in silence for 5 minutes.  As you can see (hear) this didn't really work that well.  The high-pitched moaning is an attempted form of commuication.

  2. Senegal Easter Egg Tutorial

    On Easter Sunday, I shared some holiday traditions with my Senegalese Girls Club.  We dyed Easter eggs and made "cascarones" (a Mexican Easter tradition of filling colored eggs with confetti, or in our case, millet, and using these to crack on someone's head.)  In this video, the girls are explaining what they learned in their native language, Wolof.

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