"I arrived at site in mid December and was invited to an office Christmas Lunch. I accepted the invitation but the "lunch" was really a dinner and a huge party at a local restaurant. The night included dancing and singing by all. As I know now as typical in Macedonia - a group of musicians showed up playing various instruments and I captured this photo with the musicians and one of my colleagues at the city hall." - Peace Corps Community Development  Karen Schaan

"I arrived at site in mid December and was invited to an office Christmas Lunch. I accepted the invitation but the "lunch" was really a dinner and a huge party at a local restaurant. The night included dancing and singing by all. As I know now as typical in Macedonia - a group of musicians showed up playing various instruments and I captured this photo with the musicians and one of my colleagues at the city hall." - Peace Corps Community Development  Karen Schaan

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I took this photo on December 19th, 2008 in Ecuador. A local boy’s mother is preparing him for the parade of the traveling child (niño viajero) through the city of Cuenca. The main parade takes place in the week before Christmas, though every surrounding parish, hamlet and even schools have their own parade of some kind. Cuenca’s is by far the largest in Ecuador, taking the better part of a day from start to finish, winding its way through the colonial cobblestone streets of the historic center. In the parades, children dress up as nativity scene figures, such as the three wise kings. There are also floats with scenes from Jesus’s life and the famous Niño Divino, a highly venerated religious figure of the baby Jesus.  - Peace Corps Youth Development Volunteer Bradley Mattan

I took this photo on December 19th, 2008 in Ecuador. A local boy’s mother is preparing him for the parade of the traveling child (niño viajero) through the city of Cuenca. The main parade takes place in the week before Christmas, though every surrounding parish, hamlet and even schools have their own parade of some kind. Cuenca’s is by far the largest in Ecuador, taking the better part of a day from start to finish, winding its way through the colonial cobblestone streets of the historic center. In the parades, children dress up as nativity scene figures, such as the three wise kings. There are also floats with scenes from Jesus’s life and the famous Niño Divino, a highly venerated religious figure of the baby Jesus. - Peace Corps Youth Development Volunteer Bradley Mattan

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“There is a lot of good that will come out of the beekeeping project. My hope is that families in town will start to eat and buy honey instead of white sugar for the additional health benefits that honey provides. Working in a group will allow cooperative members to collaborate and exchange advice, as well as sell honey in bulk to larger organizations.”

- Peace Corps Volunteer Elizabeth Clark, who started a beekeeping cooperative with 18 local families in rural Ecuador. The honey generated by the bees will be sold to local stores and provide an income for local families. The project is funded through the Peace Corps Partnership Program  (PCPP), which raises money for Peace Corps volunteer community projects.

“There is a lot of good that will come out of the beekeeping project. My hope is that families in town will start to eat and buy honey instead of white sugar for the additional health benefits that honey provides. Working in a group will allow cooperative members to collaborate and exchange advice, as well as sell honey in bulk to larger organizations.”

- Peace Corps Volunteer Elizabeth Clark, who started a beekeeping cooperative with 18 local families in rural Ecuador. The honey generated by the bees will be sold to local stores and provide an income for local families. The project is funded through the Peace Corps Partnership Program (PCPP), which raises money for Peace Corps volunteer community projects.

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Two Volunteers are helping communities across Senegal install 52 water pumps over the course of a year. In August, they began installing the “rope pumps,” which use a simple, appropriate technology that accelerates the process of pulling water out of wells. The pumps also relieve congestion around wells in local villages and give people access to more water.

Two Volunteers are helping communities across Senegal install 52 water pumps over the course of a year. In August, they began installing the “rope pumps,” which use a simple, appropriate technology that accelerates the process of pulling water out of wells. The pumps also relieve congestion around wells in local villages and give people access to more water.

(Source: peacecorps.gov)

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Do you live in a top state? How much Volunteer spirit lives in your city?
Today we announced the top states and cities where Peace Corps Volunteers call home in 2011. California, New York, and Texas topped the list, while the greatest number of Volunteers per capita came from the District of Columbia, Vermont, and Oregon. In 2011,For the second consecutive year, Missoula, Mont., topped the list of metro areas, followed by Ithaca, N.Y. and Fort Collins, Colo.
Currently, there are more than 9,000 volunteers serving in 75 countries around the world.  
See if where you live made the Top 10 lists!

Do you live in a top state? How much Volunteer spirit lives in your city?

Today we announced the top states and cities where Peace Corps Volunteers call home in 2011. California, New York, and Texas topped the list, while the greatest number of Volunteers per capita came from the District of Columbia, Vermont, and Oregon. In 2011,For the second consecutive year, Missoula, Mont., topped the list of metro areas, followed by Ithaca, N.Y. and Fort Collins, Colo.

Currently, there are more than 9,000 volunteers serving in 75 countries around the world. 

See if where you live made the Top 10 lists!

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Kickstarter Campaign for Life Without Lights!

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I’ve just launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the next two chapters of my Life Without Lights project - with the goal of getting the work in front of policy makers, as the UN has made 2012 it’s year to focus on energy access. Donor rewards include prints, solar lights from D.light Design, and more, especially for those of you in the energy sector. Please have a look, re-post, and consider contributing. Thanks!

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