Jim Hamilton

Volunteer: Jim Hamilton


Originally from Alexander City, Alabama, graduated from University of the South (Sewanee) in 1993 and started Peace Corps service later that year as an Agroforestry Extension Agent in rural Paraguay. After completing service, got an MS in Forestry at Auburn University in 1998 and returned to Paraguay to serve as a Peace Corps Trainer in 1999. Received PhD in Forestry from NC State in 2004. After 2 years serving as an Extension Agent in North Carolina, taught forestry undergrads at Alabama A&M University and at Haywood Community College until 2010. Currently a "County Extension Director" in Boone, North Carolina. Have 2 sons, Cristian and Lucas, and my wife Silvi--originally from Argentina. Learning Spanish had its benefits :)  I still think about Paraguay everyday and teach my kids the Guarani words I remember!! Che Rohayhu Paraguay!

1993 - 1995

Contributions from Jim Hamilton

  1. Paraguay Bee-Kini

    At the end of training, the beekeepers were doing bee-beards and invited all interested parties to participate. The fun part was getting them off!

  2. Paraguay Rooftop

    Sitting on top of the newly erected frame for my house. Wood, nails, wire, some string, rope, a hammer, crosscut saw, sweat, bamboo, and straw were the only ingredients. Six of the neighbors had the one-room mansion up in 2 days!

  3. Paraguay Reunion

    It was incredibly rewarding to have the opportunity to return to Paraguay 7 years after COS'ing...to see how kids had grown and to see projects still in the ground and to reunite with old friends. Mario Espinola and his family were the best neighbors anyone could have.

  4. Paraguay Road Trip Altitude Hell

    Driving from sea level to 15,000 feet in an afternoon to camp out at Parque Nacional Lauca (in Chile on travel leave) was a bad idea. After suffering a night of miserable altitude headaches and freezing Atacama Desert air, Greg Mason and I got a Park Guard to snap this photo before heading back 'down the mountain.'

  5. Paraguay Dinner

    Sra Teodosia had a contagious laugh that could be heard a distance away. I snapped this picture before cow's head went into the cauldron.

  6. Paraguay Family Portrait

    This picture of Rogelio Martinez and his wonderful family was taken during a family outing to a nearby river running through some of the last remaining forests in my site.

  7. Paraguay Flags

    At the "inauguration" party for my newly constructed house, my counterpart and his family flew our flags.

  8. Paraguay Teeth-Brushing 101

    Although I was an Agroforestry volunteer, I helped out my nearest cohort, Erin, with health programs at a community school that was centrally located in the community of Santo Domingo, Guaira, Paraguay. My hometown dentist had sent down a duffel bag full of toothbrushes and toothpaste, so we decided to do a dental health program. Saw lots of bloody mouths and had to keep numerous kids from eating toothpaste like candy, but it was a great day.

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