"My family in the U.S. sent me a care package full of sugar cookies, sprinkles, and icing so I invited my friends and neighbors in Ecuador over to decorate some traditional American Christmas cookies. This photo shows my 8-year-old host niece Roxana enjoying sharing in one of my own family traditions." - Peace Corps Environment Volunteer Laurel Smith
"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
Many Volunteers will contribute to HIV/AIDS initiatives during their service, regardless of their area of expertise. For instance, Peace Corps Agriculture Volunteer Jared Tharp is working on an urban garden at a hospital in Senegal that helps feed the patients in the infectious diseases ward. He also tends to several smaller gardens that are used by the patients as part of their therapy and works with local families, many of whom who have been affected by HIV/AIDS, to develop their own sustainable food sources.
This was taken in Guyana, South America. It was part of a PEPFAR grant I was able to garnish alongside two other Volunteers. We did a puppet show campaign targeting primary and secondary schools with the message about HIV/AIDS with education as well as anti-discriminatory content. The puppet show was performed by local secondary school health club students. The student in the photo is named Janelle. - Peace Corps Volunteer Kristen Konkol
Volunteer Danny Lovell and his host mother enjoy a snack together in their small village in Armenia. In the beginning, Lydia’s family lived in the home as well, but they eventually moved to Germany. Though Lydia spoke in a heavy and difficult to understand dialect, she and Danny were able to find a way to communicate.
Volunteer Emily Haas - Peace Corps Armenia, 2009-2011 Second Place - Sharing Overseas Culture with America 50th Anniversary Photo Contest
My women’s sports club in Iargara, Moldova. I was inspired to start this club due to women being turned away at the local gym. The men believing women are incapable of working out. We proved them wrong! - Peace Corps Volunteer Jamie Lee Frits
Two Volunteers take part in a training session at local rice paddies in Tlekung, Indonesia (Java Timur). They beat the rice plants to remove kernels, which are later dried to allow removal of actual rice.
Volunteer Paige Gable - Peace Corps Indonesia, 2011-2013 First Place - Providing Technical Assistance 50th Anniversary Photo Contest
This photo was taken in Karfigula, Burkina Faso during a camp for young girls. The camp used soccer as a tool to educate girls on HIV/AIDS. The photo shows Peace Corps Volunteer Brandon Perkins, and Burkinabe counterpart leading a group of young girls in some stretching exercises before an educational match.