Volunteer: Raechelle Baghirov
I am an RPCV who served in Ganja, Azerbaijan from June 2007 until October 2010 in the pilot program for Youth Development. I was placed with the Ganja Education Information Center, and have recently returned home with my former counterpart, now husband!
Contributions from Raechelle Baghirov
This photo was taken during the 2010 Novrus holiday on our way to visit a holy place in the mountains.
This photo was taken during the Novrus holiday in Naxchivan, Azerbaijan. The beginning of spring was warm causing all the trees to bloom early before a quick freeze just in time for the holiday.
One of the most difficult parts of becoming a volunteer is the Pre-Service Training prior to swearing into the US Peace Corps. This photo was taken in our training community, and seeing this type of thing every day helped us to become more aware of just how different life was going to be for us.
During my traditional Azerbaijani wedding my husband and I broke the rules and smiled American style! Traditionally, no one smiles in wedding photos in this post soviet country, but we couldn't help but just combine our styles!