Jessica Alcantara

Volunteer: Jessica Alcantara


From: New York City (Washington Heights)

Graduated: from Dartmouth College in 2008

Currently: Youth Development PCV in Azerbaijan

2009 - 2011

Contributions from Jessica Alcantara

  1. Azerbaijan Azerbaijani Meal

    In Azerbaijan us PCV's use the word 'guest' as a verb, and 'going guesting' usually involves visiting an HCN's house, bringing them a small gift, having many cups of tea, and being greeted with a LOT of delicious food! Pictured here are: fresh cucumbers and tomatoes, an assortment of pickled items, stoliçni (an Azerbaijan potato salad), uç bacı dolması (three sister dolma, which is stuffed eggplant, tomato, and pepper), and a fresh pasta & chicken dish whose name I forget.

  2. Azerbaijan A PCV Christmas

    One of the volunteers had a birthday a few days before Christmas, and a bunch of his HCN friends threw him a party at a local restaurant, complete with a Christmas tree! We gathered in front of the tree with the local Şaxta Baba (Azerbaijan's version of Santa Claus) for a PCV family photo. (Please Note that Santa Claus is smoking hookah, haha.)

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