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Africa

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Lessons of the Bao Board

John Hatch
Tanzania – 1963-66

During my first observation of a Bao game in 1964 in Kahama, Tanzania, my KiSwahili was not fluent in KiSwahili….

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Silver and Saddles

Cathy Sunshine
Niger 1975–1977

During my second year as a health educator in Aderbissinat, Niger, my partner and I had new saddles ….

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Weyso - a jug used to carry camel's milk
Bonds across generations

Marty Ganzglass
Somalia 1966-1968

Our friendship with Abdullahi and Mariam began almost by accident. Abdullahi and I worked together ….

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That Teacher With the Wild Kids

Janet Matts
Kenya 1977-79

I was lucky to be one of three volunteers asked to start the first school for children with special needs in…

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Healthy Jingles

Jack Allison
Malawi, 1966-69

The first time I heard myself singing on Malawi Broadcasting Corporation, I almost fell out of the…

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The Devil’s Dance

Michael Colombo
Sierra Leone 1969–1970

After two months of training we were deemed ready to head out to our appointed villages and set the…

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Asia

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Coconut Creations

Elinor Capehart
Philippines – 1961-63

Before the road between Dumaguete City, the capital of Negros Orientale, and our village of ….

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Ghost Festival Awakening

Kevin F. F. Quigley
Thailand 1976–1979, Country Director: Thailand 2012–2015

In Dansai, my students came to school in uniforms with their names stitched on the pockets of starched…

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Thai Temple Rubbing

Bill Saphir
Thailand 1967–1970

Cultures often define their uniqueness by creating epic poems or stories.  Ancient Greeks…

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New Teacher Arrives

Ken Shuey
Malaysia 1963–1965

This painting is based on my own experience as a Peace Corps  Volunteer Teacher in upriver Sarawak on…

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Maria Clara Gown

Ann Jealous
Philippines 1963–1965

I was twenty-two years old. There was no internet, no one had cellphones, few people travelled to far…

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Songket Cloth

Ron Myers
Malaysia 1972–1974

I was assigned to teach Kimia dan Fizik (Chemistry and Physics) in Kedah on the northwest coast of…

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EASTERN EUROPE AND
CENTRAL ASIA

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Man on a Mission

Louis Giancola
India, 1965-67

In the southern India state of Andhra Pradesh, the Peace Corps assigned 30 volunteers to promote ….

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Using a Straw to Fix Power Sprayers.

Laurence Rubel
India 1969-1971

In 1969 I was a member of a Peace Corps agricultural extension project sent to Thanjavur District, Tamil…

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Mystical Music

John Long
Afghanistan 1973-1975

Shah mohammmed and I climbed out of the taxi, a Russian Volga, on the two-lane dirt road of the…

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Tea-time in an Iranian School

Jim Heideman
Iran 1974-1976

Each morning the jeep panel-delivery truck from the Mianeh Office of Education exited the traffic circle…

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Natanz Ceramics

Peter Deekle
Iran 1968–1970

After living in two relatively cosmopolitan cities during my first four months in Iran, the Peace Corps…

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Chapan Coat

Randall Ernest Trudelle
Afghanistan, 1968–1969, Bolivia 1970, Peru 1971

Early in my first Peace Corps assignment, I was an architect without a home.  In 1968, after summer…

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LATIN AMERICA AND CARIBBEAN

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Two Cultures Intertwined

Douglas Newlin
El Salvador, 1965-67

In Nueva Esparta, El Salvador, I was a health educator and an advisor overseeing the construction of ….

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Fishing with Dynamite

Chic Dambach
Colombia, 1967-1969

In my coastal community of Albornos and throughout rural Colombia, a machete is a universal tool…

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Miriam’s Dream

Joe Thigpen
Brazil – 1963-1965

I was a 21-year-old Peace Corps Volunteer working in community development in Capinzal, Santa…

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Images of Peace

Alyssa Galik
Colombia 2016–2018

Cartagena has always been a place of contradictions, a city of “magical realism” (realismo mágico), where…

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Working With “Lost” People

Rosemarie Ricks
Ecuador 1994–1996

In some ways, being a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador was less challenging for me than for most of…

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Carved Artesania

Nicola Dino
Ecuador 1994–1997, Leaving Ecuador

The last day of service in my community—Juan Montalvo, Province of Carchi—was one of the most…

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NORTH AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST

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Treasures of Morocco

Richard Wallace
Morocco 1977-1979

My travels to produce Ministry of Agriculture films and printed materials enhanced my appreciation…

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Jebel Sabir Dress

Peggy Schaeffer
Yemen 1978–1979

I had hardly heard of the place in 1978, when a Peace Corps recruiter called and said, “How about…

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Non-buyer’s Remorse

Sharon Keld
Morocco 2006–2008

I served in small business development in the Middle Atlas Mountains of Morocco. Azrou, a market…

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PACIFIC ISLANDS

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Dear Kiribati

Michael Roman
Kiribati – 2000-2002

Dear Kiribati -It’s been twenty-two years since I first breathed your hot, salty air, waded in your warm turquoise….

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Blending Custom and Law

Don Bliss
Micronesia – 1966-68

My future wife and I met in training in 1966 and headed to Ponape. The island was home for about…

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Sheila N. with Class
Nothing to Give You But This

Sheila Newlin
Papua New Guinea, 2000

From a small winter-cold town in Wyoming, I headed to my teaching assignment in Papua New Guinea…

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Sleeping Mat

Richard Sundt
Micronesia, Marshall Islands 1967-1969 Yemen 1978–1979

In much of the world, people take their furniture for granted. Among the people who live on Pacific…

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Coconut Bird

Jack and Anne Weiss
Micronesia, 1966–1968

“The main thing is to listen to people before you start a program, and then to work at their level.”

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A Family Connection

Jennifer Neczypor
Vanuatu 2009–2011

A new volunteer, I clambered into the open back of a truck on my way to a village school on the island…

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