"This was taken at the Jane Goodall Chimp Sanctuary in Bujumbura, Burundi. While I was living in Bujumbura on the weekends I used to volunteer at the sanctuary to help feed and play with the chimps. Aly, the chimp in my right arm was one of my favorites and she because a poster child for their fund raising." - Peace Corps Education Volunteer Mike Junge
Barbara Jo White served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic from 1987 to 1989 where she started the Peace Corps World Map project. Today, world maps adorn the walls of classrooms, community centers and buildings in over 70 countries.
"This photo was taken in my first village, a small Bulgarian Muslim community in northeastern Bulgaria. I was playing in my yard one day with three of my girls, and we just enjoyed one another’s company through games, eating apples, and air guitar. This was one of those simple and defining moments of service when I realized, as a Peace Corps Volunteer, that our work here goes far beyond the technical guidelines. As I read before I came, we expect to give, but in fact we receive much more than we are able to share. These girls gave me so much inspiration, love, and hope. I hope I gave them the same. And we will always remain friends!" - Peace Corps Education Volunteer Karina E. Strange
In this photo from Peace Corps Education Volunteer Alyssa Gaalema, family members pay homage to their departed loved ones with candles, singing and prayer on All Saints Night at the Grenada National Cemetery in St. Georges, the capital. Candlelight flowed down the hillside in a peaceful, incandescent glow.
Last week, Peace Corps Headquarters celebrated Halloween with a giving spirit, participating in activities to raise money for the Combine Federal Campaign (CFC). Part of the actives included a Peeps Corps contest. Here are some highlights from the amazing entries!
"Rural villagers in Tanzania had never heard of the American holiday called Halloween. Also they had never seen this type of pumpkin before. I gave my friend some seeds and after some weeks, she proudly brought a home grown pumpkin to my house. I showed her how we carve jack-o-lanterns, roast the seeds, and bake pumpkin bread. She kept a few of the seeds to share with others and to plant again the following year; and for many years after that." - Peace Corps Environment Volunteer Heath Roy