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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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  • Daily Usage: The Gambia | Water in Africa
    Type
    Story
    Region
    Africa, The Gambia

    Water is essential in my life here in Ker Cherno. First of all, I fetch water every other day to put it into my filter to drink. Then, after I come home from teaching at school, I start fetching water for my garden. I don't have a very large garden ...

  • Daily Usage: Zambia | Water in Africa
    Type
    Story
    Region
    Africa, Zambia

    I have two 20-liter containers that I use for water. Every morning I fill one of the containers with water (sometimes one of the neighbors' kids will fill it for me).

  • Daily Usage: Zimbabwe | Water in Africa
    Type
    Story
    Region
    Africa, Zimbabwe

  • Day-to-Day Life in a Small African Village
    Type
    Letter
    Region
    Africa, Tanzania

    Author: Richard Lupinsky Jr.

    Habari za jioni! Good evening! I have been sitting at my desk and typing into my laptop about all the things that happened to me today. I keep a journal of all my experiences in the Peace Corps so I can remember them when I go home.

  • Declaration (of a Kgomotso Girl) | A Poem
    Type
    Story
    Region
    Africa, South Africa

    Author: Katie Pepiot

    Respect is written on the walls of this hall and on the hearts of its inhabitants, demanding more for themselves than generations of the past, refusing silence Power over their spirits.

  • Des Ailes à Ses Pieds | Wings on Her Feet
    Type
    Folk Tale
    Region
    The Caribbean, Haiti

    Author: Adam Price

  • Diplomacia por Goteo | Spanish Translation: Drip Diplomacy
    Type
    Personal Essay
    Region
    The Caribbean, Dominican Republic

    Author: Keith Talbot

  • Dos Veces en Mi Vida | Twice in My Life (Spanish Version)
    Type
    Personal Essay
    Region
    South America, Colombia

    Author: Maureen Orth

    El Medellín que yo conozco nunca ha sido como el de los titulares propagados alrededor del mundo en los últimos diez años. La cordial "ciudad de la eterna primavera," la capital del departamento de Antioquia que tanto llegué a querer, donde viví en los sesentas por dos años de voluntaria ...

  • Drip Diplomacy
    Type
    Personal Essay
    Region
    The Caribbean, Dominican Republic

    Author: Keith Talbot

  • Días de Trabajo | Spanish Translation
    Type
    Personal Essay
    Region
    The Caribbean, Dominican Republic

    Author: Angela (Rich) George

    Hoy en día despierto con los sonidos de las voces. Antes, me levantaba con los sonidos de las gallinas y los burros. Pero ahora me despierto en la madrugada con algunas personas en las montañas que trabajan y luchan por una vida mejor. Hay mañanas en las que el aire ...

  • El Consejo del Rey | Spanish Translation: The King's Advice
    Type
    Folk Tale
    Region
    The Caribbean, Dominican Republic

    Author: Angela (Rich) George

  • El Verdadero Precio Del Café
    Type
    Letter
    Region
    Central America and Mexico, Honduras

    Author: Joan Heberger

  • Enough to Make Your Head Spin
    Type
    Letter
    Region
    Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Bulgaria

    Author: Elizabeth (Vernon) Kelley

    "I'll have coffee," I tell the waitress at a cafe during my first week in Bulgaria. She shakes her head from side to side. "OK, tea," I say, thinking that maybe there's something wrong with the coffee machine.

  • Environmental Solutions Come Slowly
    Type
    Letter
    Region
    South America, Suriname

    Author: Keba Fitzgerald

    The greatest environmental problem that threatens my site, the Suriname Rain Forest Nature Park, is illegal gold mining. Not only do Brazilians and Guyanese mine gold throughout the interior rain forests of Suriname, but also many local villagers have come to depend on gold mining activities for their livelihood. Its ...

  • Everyone Everywhere Has Tales to Tell
    Type
    Personal Essay

    Author: Carol (Wilcox) Severance

  • Extended Families
    Type
    Personal Essay

    Author: JoAnn Seibert

  • Fate vs. Mind | Folk Tale
    Type
    Folk Tale
    Region
    Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Macedonia

    Author: Carla Bachechi

  • Feeding the Chief's Twins
    Type
    Story

    Author: Kris Holloway

    Excerpt from Monique and the Mango Rains: Two Years With a Midwife in Mali by Kris Holloway.

  • Fingerprints
    Type
    Personal Essay
    Region
    Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Kyrgyz Republic

    Author: Craig Redmond

  • Fútbol Hasta el Anochecer | Spanish Translation
    Type
    Story
    Region
    Central America and Mexico, Guatemala

    Author: Mark Brazaitis

    Mi padre ríe cuando le digo Cómo en Santa Cruz Verapaz Los hombres terminan de trabajar al mediodía Y después de almorzar, juegan al fútbol hasta el anochecer

  • Get Cooking with the Sun
    Type
    Personal Essay
    Region
    South America, Peru

    Author: Brian Lange

    My name is Brian Lange and I am a water and sanitation Peace Corps volunteer living up in the mountains of Peru. I live in a city of about 12,000 people, located 45 miles east of Trujillo, the third largest city in Peru. I'm originally from Texas but am loving ...

  • Girl Farmer
    Type
    Letter
    Region
    The Caribbean, Dominican Republic

    Author: Angela (Rich) George

    When I arrived in my community as the promised agroforestry technician and Peace Corps Volunteer, a number of men said to me, "I thought we were getting a man."

  • Goods and Services
    Type
    Personal Essay
    Region
    Central America and Mexico, Honduras

    Author: Larissa Zoot

  • Growing Fish?
    Type
    Personal Essay
    Region
    Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Kyrgyz Republic

    Author: Josh Priollaud

  • Gustavo and the Butterfly Farm
    Type
    Personal Essay
    Region
    Central America and Mexico, Honduras

    Author: Rachel Cloues