Chris De Bruyn
Volunteer: Chris De Bruyn
I served as a teacher trainer in Mongolia from 2007-2009. My experience in the Peace Corps openned my eyes to the endless possibilities that exist in this inspiring world.
Contributions from Chris De Bruyn
A Mongolian woman, wearing a traditional Mongolian headdress, participates in the Darkhan Nursing College's beauty pageant.
The blind mother of one of my counter parts prays at the base of the sacred mother tree. Buddo-Shamanist Mongolian believers visit the holy tree, tie blue prayer scarves around the tree's branches, sprinkle dairy products on the ground and pray to the tree's spirits.
A group of my 8th grade students staring into the flame of a candle during a Haloween party. The students were amazingly resourceful with their constumes and had a very enjoyable time.
The Mongolian skyline is peppered with round piles of stones called owoos, which serve as spiritual pilars. When you encounter an owoo, the respectful thing to do is bring a few pebbles from the bottom of the mountian, walk about the owoo three times, and toss at least one pebble to the top of the stone pile. I took this self portrait in the dead of winter before dawn before walking to school to work as a teacher trainer. The temperatue was nearly 40 below zero outside, but the traditional Mo...
June, 2009. Darkhan-Uul countryside, Mongolia. Mongolians friends on a picnic, singing and drinking into the evening as they wait for the freshly slaughtered sheep to boil.