Volunteer: Marisa Wong
Contributions from Marisa Wong
(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 ...
Girls from different villages in the Zinder region bond during our week-long Girls' Empowerment Camp.
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.
The solemn and proud president of a Peace Corps-initiated student government, in Kollo, Niger.
The last two years of my life in three minutes, with photographs from Niger, Benin, Togo, Ghana, Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia, Italy, and Spain.
one of the hardest parts of the readjustment process has been trying to summarize my experience. people keep asking me for the highlights and the low points, the best and the worst - but how can you summarize 27 months of living abroad with the peace corps? this video is my attempt to capture one of the most challenging and wonderful experiences i've ever known, and an homage to a country and people i'll never forget... music: "hard to explain" by The Strokes