Marisa Wong

Volunteer: Marisa Wong

Bio:

blog: www.xanga.com/astronomigirl

photos: marisawongmedia.com

videos: youtube.com/bigwangwong

products: cafepress.com/bigwangwong 

2008 - 2010


Contributions from Marisa Wong

  1. Niger A Day in the Life

    (a description of a day in the life of a niger peace corps trainee, from my blog: www.xanga.com/astronomigirl)   “There is one way to understand another culture: Live it.  Move into it, ask to be tolerated as a guest, learn the language.  At some point, understanding may come.  It will always be wordless. The moment you grasp what is foreign, you will lose the urge to explain it.”   The call to prayer sounds every morning at sunrise, wailing “Allaaaaaahu Akbar!” as the men make their way to ...

  1. Niger Happy Girls

    Girls from different villages in the Zinder region bond during our week-long Girls' Empowerment Camp.

  2. Niger Guerwol Beauty Contest

    Every year, hundreds of Wodaabe herders gather in the desert for the Guerwol festival, a celebration consisting of dancing, singing, and a traditional male beauty pageant.  The men paint their faces red and line their lips and eyes in black.  They bare their teeth and widen their eyes, as these features are considered most attractive.  I was fortunate enough to witness the festival in 2009.

  3. Niger Mr. President

    The solemn and proud president of a Peace Corps-initiated student government, in Kollo, Niger.

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