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  • A Community Effort
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    A Community Effort
    Region
    Central America and Mexico, Guatemala

    Author: Laura Kutner Peace Corps Volunteer Laura Kutner reflects on the value of engaging in service as a community, as they construct classrooms from bottles found around their town in Guatemala.

  • A Musical Encounter
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    A Musical Encounter
    Region
    Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Turkmenistan

    Author: Dave Fossum Hear How the Dutar Captivated Dave.

  • A Taste of Tongren
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    A Taste of Tongren
    Region
    Asia, China

    Author: Amy Throndsen Join Peace Corps Volunteer and TEFL teacher Amy Throndsen on a culinary tour of Tongren City in China's Guizhou Province. Gain new insights into Chinese culture by experiencing markets, mealtimes, and specialty dishes of the region, and consider the ways people connect with each other through food.

  • Africa Colors A Destiny
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    Africa Colors A Destiny
    Region
    Africa, Chad

    Author: Michael Varga Michael Varga's life was profoundly influenced by Peace Corps service in Chad from 1977-1979. Learn about culture and daily life in his village, and hear how his experiences prepared him for life as a global citizen, diplomat and writer.

  • Alliance of Environmental Leaders
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    Alliance of Environmental Leaders
    Region
    Central America and Mexico, Costa Rica

    Author: Brittany Johnson Visit Costa Rica with Peace Corps Volunteer Leader Brittany Johnson, who worked with other Peace Corps Volunteers and Costa Rican youth to build skills in environmental leadership. Find out how youth-led environmental projects began to transform communities across the country.

  • Bringing Business to Farmers
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    Bringing Business to Farmers
    Region
    Africa, Tonga

    Author: Jeannine Hurrish Peace Corps Volunteer Jeannine Hurrish describes community life and work in Tonga, where she built business skills with the Future Farmers of Tonga organization.

  • Bringing Water From Sol to Soul
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    Bringing Water From Sol to Soul
    Region
    Africa, Cape Verde

    Author: Nicholas Hanson Peace Corps Volunteers Nicholas Hanson and Brian Newhouse help develop plans to use solar stills to solve the problem of Cape Verde's perennial water shortage. This video illustrates how students and community members can come together to achieve lasting, meaningful results.

  • Building a Better Future
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    Building a Better Future
    Region
    South America, Guatemala

    Author: Chris Barry Visit Alta Verapaz and see how Peace Corps Volunteer Chris Barry collaborated with local leaders to organize the community and construct a junior high school.

  • Creating Buttons From Tagua
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    Creating Buttons From Tagua
    Region
    South America, Ecuador

    Author: Stefan Chacon Ecuador Peace Corps Volunteer Stefan Chacon discusses his work with a community group to make buttons out of vegetable ivory.

  • Cultural Gaffes Beyond Your Borders
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    Cultural Gaffes Beyond Your Borders

    This entertaining eight-minute video shows you how easy it is to commit a blunder, a gaffe, a slip-up in another culture. Things as simple and normal to you as sitting on the edge of a desk may be insulting in another country. See 14 examples of cultural gaffes acted out, ...

  • Cultural Gaffes at Home and Abroad
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    Cultural Gaffes at Home and Abroad

    View 15 examples of social mistakes that can occur around the world, including within the United States. Expand your knowledge of some of the potential pitfalls of cross-cultural interaction; then, learn how to navigate an awkward situation with grace, and how to help others do the same.

  • Dive Into Ecotourism
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    Dive Into Ecotourism
    Region
    The Caribbean, Dominican Republic

    Author: Joseph Kennedy Natural waterfalls, waterslides, and cliff jumps help to bring tourism to a national park in the Dominican Republic. Hear how returned Peace Corps Volunteer Joe Kennedy worked with his Dominican colleagues to promote and implement ecotourism.

  • Explore Back-Country Peru
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    Explore Back-Country Peru
    Region
    South America, Peru

    Author: Kurtis Shank Kurtis Shank served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Peru, in South America. His primary assignment was to work with the community to develop small businesses, with an added emphasis on information technology.

  • Fighting Malaria One Net at a Time
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    Fighting Malaria One Net at a Time
    Region
    Africa, Senegal

    Author: April Williamson Peace Corps Volunteer April Williamson describes an initiative to collect and distribute more than 2,000 bed nets across north-central Senegal to prevent the spread of malaria.

  • Fighting Soil Erosion
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    Fighting Soil Erosion
    Region
    Africa, Guinea

    Author: Steven Jacobson Steven Jacobson taught farmers in Guinea how to produce agricultural products in a sustainable manner by reducing erosion of their farmland.

  • Fog's Bounty: Harvesting Water From Fog
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    Fog's Bounty: Harvesting Water From Fog
    Region
    Africa, Cape Verde

    Author: Nathan Lee Who would have thought you could harvest water from fog? In Cape Verde, Peace Corps Volunteer Nathan Lee worked with community members to use this innovative technique to help provide fresh water for arid areas of the island. Join Nathan for a virtual tour of the fog collection project and ...

  • Get Cooking with the Sun
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    Get Cooking with the Sun
    Region
    South America, Peru

    Author: Brian Lange View the automatic slideshow below (text and photos only) to experience Brian's community and service.

  • Growing Up in Bulgaria
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    Growing Up in Bulgaria
    Region
    Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Bulgaria

    Author: Stephanie Dunnam Visit a Bulgarian community and learn about the lives of local children. Peace Corps Volunteer Stephanie Dunnam describes school and family life in her village, including the daily activities, celebrations, cuisine, and cultures that make it unique.

  • Guinea Pig Meat and Alpaca Hair
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    Guinea Pig Meat and Alpaca Hair
    Region
    South America, Ecuador

    Author: Sergio Arispe Peace Corps Volunteer Sergio Arispe describes his work developing business opportunities with Quechua women in Ecuador, who use diverse materials such as guinea pigs and alpaca hair fiber.

  • Hazelnuts, Hemingway and Heat
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    Hazelnuts, Hemingway and Heat
    Region
    Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Georgia

    Author: Josh O'Donnell Follow Joshua O'Donnell's vast range of experiences as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Georgia. Living on his host family's farm, he helped to grow lemons and harvest hazelnuts. As a teacher, he created a library and taught Hemingway. And as a community member, he helped to secure ...

  • Healthy Girls, Healthy Villages
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    Healthy Girls,  Healthy Villages
    Region
    Africa, Niger

    Author: Vivian Nguyen Enjoy vivid scenes of Nigerienne girls and women as they work and live in their village, learn about health and nutrition, and play American games during Peace Corps Volunteer Vivian Nguyen's Girls Leading Our World Camp.

  • How to Build a Box Cooker
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    How to Build a Box Cooker
    Region
    South America, Peru

    Author: Brian Lange Learn how to build your own box cooker using Brian's step-by-step instructions.

  • In My Own Words
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    In My Own Words
    Region
    Africa, Cape Verde

    Author: Nathan Lee Listen to Mr. Florian de Cruz Duarte, a native of Cape Verde and ecotourism guide, describe the importance of the fog collection project in his own language of Creole.

  • Learn about World Wise Schools
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    Learn about World Wise Schools

  • Life is Wonderful
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    Life is Wonderful

    Author: Theo Davis By painting a large, colorful mural Peace Corps Volunteer Theo Davis and his artistic community members found an innovative and effective way to educate others about the importance of AIDS/HIV prevention. With a message of "Life is Wonderful" this mural shows that what is often a difficult subject to talk ...