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Visit other cultures through letters, stories, folk tale and poems written by volunteers who have lived for two years among the peoples and cultures featured.

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  • 'Magic' Pablo
    Type
    Personal Essay
    Region
    Central America and Mexico, Guatemala

    Author: Mark Brazaitis

    Pablo and I liked to play "Let's imagine." We'd be walking down the street, a basketball cradled under one of our arms. Clouds would be gathering in the east, as they tended to do in early evening. A light rain--chipi-chipi is what everyone in town called it--might even be falling. ...

  • A Day
    Type
    Letter
    Region
    Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Uzbekistan

    Author: Jordan Earl

  • A Day in the Life of Amy Maraney in Estonia
    Type
    Letter
    Region
    Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Estonia

    Author: Amy Maraney

  • A Day in the Life of Christian Deitch in the Kyrgyz Republic
    Type
    Letter
    Region
    Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Kyrgyz Republic

    Author: Christian Deitch

    In America, I always woke up to the electronic beep of my alarm clock. But in my community in the Kyrgyz Republic, I wake up every morning to a very different sound.

  • A Day in the Life of Keba Fitzgerald
    Type
    Letter
    Region
    South America, Suriname

    Author: Keba Fitzgerald

    I am one of those curious Peace Corps Volunteers who lives a dual life. I live and work both in the capital city, Paramaribo, and in a village in the interior rain forest of Suriname. So my typical days vary greatly.

  • A Letter From Ed Willwerth
    Type
    Letter
    Region
    Asia, Nepal

    Author: Ed Willwerth

    I'm sorry this letter took so long to get to you, but this is Nepal and things do not move as fast as they do in the States. It took over three weeks to have these pictures developed. Along with the pictures are some background notes that should help explain ...

  • A Letter From Jeff Goveia
    Type
    Letter
    Region
    Africa, Tanzania

    Author: Jeff Goveia

  • A Letter From Patrick Perner
    Type
    Letter
    Region
    Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Russia

    Author: Patrick Perner

  • A Life of Sacrifice and Hardship?
    Type
    Letter
    Region
    Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Kazakhstan

    Author: Robin Solomon

  • A Lifetime of Service
    Type
    Personal Essay
    Region
    Africa

    Author: Mary Ann Camp

    With a decades-long nursing career to her credit, Mary Ann Camp was a hero before she became a Peace Corps Volunteer. Still, while many Americans her age considered retirement, Peace Corps service for Mary Ann meant three tours—in Lesotho, Malawi, and Botswana—tackling health, agriculture, and education problems with her host ...

  • A Morning of Weighing Babies
    Type
    Story
    Region
    Africa, Mali

    Author: Kris Holloway

    Monique opened her tin trunk and took out the scale, a round disk like a clock face, marked off in kilograms, with a steel ring to hang it from. The scale reminded me of something from a corner grocery store in my childhood, only this one had a sling rather ...

  • A Rural Honduran Day
    Type
    Personal Essay
    Region
    Central America and Mexico, Honduras

    Author: Joan Heberger

    Some people might find life in a small Honduran pueblo monotonous, boring. In a culture in which most people live as their parents and grandparents before them did—except, of course, that they watch more TV—people are slow to accept new ideas and new ways of life.

  • A Single Lucid Moment
    Type
    Personal Essay
    Region
    Pacific Islands, Papua New Guinea

    Author: Robert W. Soderstrom

    As the plane buzzed back over the mountains, it was now just us and the villagers of Maimafu. My wife, Kerry, and I were assigned to this village of 800 people in the Eastern Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea. It looked as if we were in for a true ...

  • A South African Storm
    Type
    Letter
    Region
    Africa, South Africa

    Author: Allison Howard

  • A Straw Fence the Height of a Man
    Type
    Personal Essay
    Region
    Africa, Chad

    Author: Michael Varga

    Outside, the bitter December winds howl, but inside the library at Saint Albans School for boys in northwest Washington, D.C., we are thinking about heat, sun. About Africa. I ask the sixth graders what comes to mind when they think of that faraway continent. “Elephants.” “Apartheid.” “Jungles and deserts.” “Hungry ...

  • A Sunday Afternoon in Kyrgyzstan
    Type
    Personal Essay
    Region
    Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Kyrgyz Republic

    Author: Matt Becker

    It's Sunday afternoon and I need bread. I ate the last piece at lunch and a scattered mess of crumbs atop my lopsided kitchen table is the only bread in the house. I need bread for breakfast before I teach tomorrow morning.

  • A Tale From the Forest
    Type
    Personal Essay
    Region
    Asia, Philippines

    Author: Noah Jackson

    For one or two weeks each month, I hike three hours into the rain forest. I sleep at a research station that looks like a modern day Swiss Family Robinson tree house. Here, we conduct research about the complex interactions between flora and fauna.

  • A Typical Day
    Type
    Letter
    Region
    Africa, Guinea

    Author: Kimberly Ross

    Kimberly Ross describes her daily adventures as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guinea.

  • A Year
    Type
    Letter
    Region
    Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Uzbekistan

    Author: Jordan Earl

  • Abegaz and the Lion | Folk Tale
    Type
    Folk Tale
    Region
    Africa, Ethiopia

    Author: Shannon Valencia

  • About the Impact of Hurricane Georges (Advanced)
    Type
    Personal Essay
    Region
    The Caribbean, Dominican Republic

    Author: Natalie Woodward

    On September 22, 1998, Hurricane Georges hit the Dominican Republic. The hurricane did serious damage to the infrastructure of the country: Homes, roads, bridges, dams, and airports were destroyed or were seriously damaged. The official death toll was approximately 300.

  • About the Impact of Hurricane Georges (Intermediate) | (Short Version for Students in Middle School)
    Type
    Personal Essay
    Region
    The Caribbean, Dominican Republic

    Author: Natalie Woodward

    On September 22, 1998, Hurricane Georges hit the Dominican Republic. The hurricane did serious damage to the country: Homes, roads, bridges, dams, and airports were destroyed or seriously damaged. The official death toll was approximately 300.

  • Africa Colors A Destiny
    Type
    Personal Essay
    Region
    Africa, Chad

    Author: Michael Varga

    Hi, my name is Michael Varga. I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Chad, Central Africa. That's me standing next to a camel. I was 21 years old at an animal market outside of N'djamena, the capital of Chad.

  • All in a Day's Work
    Type
    Letter
    Region
    Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Estonia

    Author: Amy Maraney

  • All in a Name
    Type
    Letter
    Region
    Asia, Nepal

    Author: Steve Iams

    The story of how Steve Iams became Hare Krishna