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Africa

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Diversity Day at Tororo
The busuti is the traditional dress of women in some regions of Uganda. Khangas are rectangular cloths worn by men and women in East Africa ...
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Simba and Tembo
For over 47 years, these two dark-brown, glass beer bottles sat idly on the top shelf of my bookcase with handicrafts and textbooks from my ...
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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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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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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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Properly Dressed for the Party
Lily Loh Slovakia, 1997-1999 I love costume parties! But when my husband George and I were invited to a costume party in our town...
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Red velvet bridal wedding gown
Turkish Wedding Dress
Joanne Omang Turkey 1964–1966 Growing up as a navy brat, moving constantly, I fancied myself endlessly adaptable, easily making...
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LATIN AMERICA AND CARIBBEAN

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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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The Coal Pot
Deborah Manget St. Lucia 1978–1979 Peace Corps sent me to St. Lucia, an island in the Caribbean, to teach home economics to middle school...
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Huipil Blouse
Catherine Blumhorst Guatemala 1988–1991 Guatemala is a country full of iconic post-card images, from the smoking volcanos, to the colonial era...
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Alpargatas – Footwear of Need or Choice?
Patricia Wand Colombia 1963–1965 Perhaps the simplicity of the sandals, or the fibers in their composition, caught my eye. I remember...
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NORTH AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST

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PACIFIC ISLANDS

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