We are thrilled to announce that Alicia Keys will be selecting the winners of our AIDS-Free Generation Photo Contest! As co-founder and global ambassador for Keep a Child Alive, Keys is dedicated to improving the lives of children and their families living with AIDS. Her passion combined with her artistic vision will help us select the winning photos that express the spirit of the Peace Corps Volunteers. Their work around the world is truly an inspiration to us all.
PCVs & RPCVs: Still planning to submit your photos? We’ve extended the deadline to 11:59 PM EDT on Wednesday, July 4! Visit www.peacecorps.gov/photocontest for more info
I took this photo during an excursion to the remote village of Xinaliq in Azerbaijan. Xinaliq is possibly the most remote village in Azerbaijan and at the time we visited the only way in was via a very rough dirt road only accessible with a 4WD vehicle. The villagers of Xinaliq speak their own language, called Ketsh.
Peace Corps Education Volunteer Peter Mittelholzer
This is my host brother having his hair washed by my host mom. He was born only a week after I arrived at my site. Because of that, it was always easy to remember how old he was. I took this picture close to the end of my service, so that means Jose is almost 2 years old here.
Bianca, an 11th grader, helps fifth graders sound out words in a Dr. Seuss book as part of a project aiming to promote English and reading. The books were donated by friends in the United States. The 5th graders loved the attention from high schoolers and the chance to show of their English skills. The high schoolers loved the break from the routine and the chance to present, on behalf of the American donors, the books. It also helped bond students from different schools.
Every International Women’s Day, the ladies of Burkina celebrate by participating in dances, sports and other festivities. Here, my friends from village make their way to our closest city for the March 8, 2009 activities. Each year, the country produces a new fabric design to celebrate the day and women rush to the textile retailers and tailors to have outfits made in time for the holiday.
Peace Corps Health Volunteer Karla Morrison Burkina Faso, 2009
In the photo, I was teaching two of my host sisters, Samira and Hafsa, about how in America we make wishes on dandelions. We live in the Sahara desert but near an Oasis. Here the children know every plant, herb and even weed that grows. They always want me to eat some strange seed, or smell a weird plant. Now they know another use for dandelions! Photo taken by fellow Volunteer, Jo Troyer.
Peace Corps Youth Development Volunteer Rachel Rubinski
This photograph was taken during technical training in the small community of La Cumbre, Dominican Republic in 2008. A group of volunteers woke up early to embark on a hike with a host brother through the Dominican forest. This young boy was eating a mango for breakfast in the morning light outside of a traditional “campo” home.
I took this photo in August, 2011, in Moldova, at my Romanian tutor’s home. My tutor, her husband (pictured), and I spent the day in the garden collecting fresh fruits and veggies to prepare for an afternoon feast that we would all help prepare. Gheorghe made me try every vegetable and fruit their garden had to offer. Here, he just tasted a cucumber and was giving it to me for an official taste test. It was delicious!
Peace Corps Education Volunteer Alexandra Chebuhar