This photo was taken during a World AIDS Day observance in Lovech, Bulgaria in 2011. Youth volunteers from the Bulgarian Red Cross spent the afternoon passing out brochures, condoms, etc. in the Lovech city center. The event culminated with the lighting of an AIDS awareness ribbon.
This is my best friend in the village dressing me in traditional Turkish costume for a wedding. It was taken in March 2010 in my Bulgarian village which is almost completely inhabited by Turkish Bulgarians.
"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