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Africa

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  • TANZANIA
  • THE GAMBIA
  • TOGO
  • UGANDA
  • ZAIRE
My Eritrean Sister
I first noticed Mhret and her son Tefera in October 1964 when they arrived by bus in Adi Teclesan, the village in Eritrea where my ...
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From Czechoslovakia to Africa
I was born and grew up in Czechoslovakia, did competitive ballroom dancing, escaped in 1986 through Yugoslavia, came to the USA, learned English, earned a ...
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Learning of Loss and Dignity
Each school day in the town of Anecho began with our 400 students lining up in the quad outside their respective classrooms. Headmaster Etienne Adotevi ...
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The Story of a Little Boy with a Broken Arm
Journal entry, Bignona, Senegal, January 1967: A few weeks ago, a little boy came over to show us that his wrist was swollen stiff. It ...
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Kindness of Strangers
Picture a tiny village, just a few houses next to the lagoon that separates Keta—a coastal town and the center of traditional Ewe weaving—from Ghana’s ...
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Sixty-five Latrines
We always began digging a hole in the early morning…..and covered it with tin so no one would fall in the hole during the night.
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Asia

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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 ...
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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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  • TURKEY
  • UKRAINE
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, ...
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Closets
Jeffrey Janis Ukraine 2004 –2006 Upon my arrival in Ukraine in 2004, the Peace Corps staff advised me not to tell my host family or ...
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The Grand Project
Rebecca Madden-Sturges The Republic of Georgia 2005–2007 Within a few weeks after I arrived in Sagarejo in September of 2005, I began to feel very ...
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The hookah beside my fireplace
A Brass Hookah
Lex Rieffel India 1965–1967 My friends in ghaziabad, an industrial suburb of New Delhi, were too “modern” to smoke hookahs, but when...
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LATIN AMERICA AND CARIBBEAN

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  • BOLIVIA
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  • ECUADOR
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  • GUATEMALA
  • HONDURAS
  • PARAGUAY
  • PERU
  • ST. LUCIA
A PCV Joins the Honduran Army (Almost)
Leonardo Alonso, D.O. Honduras 1982-84 In 1982, fresh out of college, I joined the Peace Corps, as a first generation Cuban-American.
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El Sueño Americano
Terese Maineri de Velasquez Guatemala 2003-2005 At age seven, I begged my mom to buy a tiny acrylic painting featuring a Guatemalan woman wearing traje,
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Project Feasibility vs. Pleasing the People
Mahlon Barash Peru 1965-1967
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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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NORTH AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST

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PACIFIC ISLANDS

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  • VANUATU
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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