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Africa

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  • BOTSWANA
  • CHAD
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  • KENYA
  • LESOTHO
  • LIBERIA
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  • MALAWI
  • NAMIBIA
  • NIGER
  • SIERRA LEONE
  • SOMALIA
  • TANZANIA
  • THE GAMBIA
A Famous Wood Carver

MY WIFE LOIS AND I served with the first contingent of Peace Corps volunteers to Liberia in the interior town of Tappita. The local people …

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A Simple Tool

When I came home, she was there – waiting for me. If I let her, she would nibble on my neck while humming her little …

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African Charm

SOME VILLAGERS BROUGHT MEDICATIONS with instructions in English, Russian, French or German. They could read none of these languages, so I translated them as best …

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African Sunset

I Was Ready To Leave my magical, down-to-earth home at Bwiru Boys’ Secondary School, near Lake Victoria. On a map, the lake looks like a big …

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Balzac’s Saddle

BALZAC AND GUNTHER WERE two very important components of my work and life as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Chad. When I arrived for training …

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Bare Basic Mugs

  I saw two kinds of volunteers in Botswana back in 1980.Some were endlessly resourceful and went about improving their comfort with ingenuity. They found …

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Asia

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  • MALAYSIA
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  • THAILAND
Ghost Festival Awakening

Before arriving in Dansai, I naively thought that I knew something about Thai Buddhism and how this war affected its neighboring countries. In Dansai, my …

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Maria Clara Gown

I was overwhelmed by kindness and generosity. I was twenty-two years old. There was no internet, no one had cellphones, few people travelled to far-flung …

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New Teacher Arrives

“The New Teacher Arrives” oil on canvas, 22×28″ This painting is based on my own experience as a Peace Corps  Volunteer Teacher in upriver Sarawak …

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Songket Cloth

I was assigned to teach Kimia dan Fizik (Chemistry and Physics) in Kedah on the northwest coast of Malaysia. The state of Kedah often is called the rice …

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Thai Temple Rubbing

Cultures often define their uniqueness by creating epic poems or stories.  Ancient Greeks had the Odyssey and the Iliad; Germans had the Nibelungenlied; and—let’s face it—America’s Baby Boomers …

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EASTERN EUROPE AND
CENTRAL ASIA

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  • AFGHANISTAN
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A Brass Hookah

My friends in ghaziabad, an industrial suburb of New Delhi, were too “modern” to smoke hookahs, but when it was time for me to go …

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Chapan Coat

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

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Closets

Upon my arrival in Ukraine in 2004, the Peace Corps staff advised me not to tell my host family or my Ukrainian friends that I …

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Mystical Music

Shah mohammmed and I climbed out of the taxi, a Russian Volga, on the two-lane dirt road of the Paghman bazaar. We were standing in …

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Natanz Ceramics

After living in two relatively cosmopolitan cities during my first four months in Iran, the Peace Corps office transferred me to Natanz, (نطنز ), a remote …

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Properly Dressed for the Party

I love costume parties! But when my husband George and I were invited to a costume party in our town of Martin, we had no …

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LATIN AMERICA AND CARIBBEAN

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  • BOLIVIA
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  • COSTA RICA
  • ECUADOR
  • GUATEMALA
  • PERU
  • ST. LUCIA
Alpargatas – Footwear of Need or Choice?

PERHAPS the simplicity of the sandals, or the fibers in their composition, caught my eye. I remember being totally intrigued from the first time I saw alpargatas in …

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American Immigrant

audio: Poem reading Land of the free and home of the brave, Built on the backs of others – the poor and the enslaved.Supposedly, meritocracy …

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Bargaining in Ayacucho

Two months before the end of our Peace Corps assignment in Abancay, Peru, my roommate Marie and I decided to travel to Ayacucho for the …

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Bolivia’s Cholitas

The Aymara women came down from the cool highlands of the Altiplano of Bolivia. They came because the government provided their families with new farm …

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Carved Artesania

The last day of service in my community—Juan Montalvo, Province of Carchi—was one of the most heartfelt and well attended of my three years in …

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Fishing with Dynamite

In my coastal community of Albornos and throughout rural Colombia, a machete is a universal tool. You could use it for just about everything – …

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NORTH AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST

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  • MOROCCO
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Jebel Sabir Dress

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

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Non-buyer’s Remorse

I served in small business development in the Middle Atlas Mountains of Morocco. Azrou, a market town, had a population of Berbers and Arabs. I …

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Treasures of Morocco

My travels to produce Ministry of Agriculture films and printed materials enhanced my appreciation of the Islamic culture. I was amazed with the artistry of …

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PACIFIC ISLANDS

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A Family Connection

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

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Coconut Bird

“The main thing is to listen to people before you start a program, and then to work at their level.” These words from my wife …

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Sleeping Mat

In much of the world, people take their furniture for granted. Among the people who live on Pacific islands, it is taken for granted that …

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