As an education Volunteer in southwestern Uganda, I have the opportunity to work on various secondary projects with local primary schools. In one nearby school, I facilitated a drama club where children could have the opportunity to express themselves, develop self confidence, and develop relationships with others. We also worked to create dramas based on things in their lives that mattered to them. This photo was taken in July 2011, as the children were processing in for their end of term performance. They performed their dramas with great pride that day, and one can see this pride on their faces as they walk in from their school’s front gate.
Peace Corps Education Volunteer Emily Kjesbo-Johnson
As many of you know, in addition to teaching English as a Peace Corps Volunteer, I am also involved in youth development work in my community, with a focus on healthy lifestyles. In that vein, my Ukrainian counterparts and I have organized and submitted a grant proposal with the intent of providing the local youth sports center with much needed equipment (from sports equipment to heating units.) Please take a look at the project, and if you’re able to, donate! Even if you’re not personally able to donate to the project, please forward the information to anyone and everyone you think would be interested in being part of this undertaking!
(PS I will be promoting this project endlessly until it’s funded, so be prepared!!)
Sixteen Peace Corps Volunteers in the Dominican Republic are producing and filming a telenovela (soap opera) entitled, “Me Toca a Mi” (It’s my turn) with more than 25 local youth that will be used in classrooms, educational centers, and youth clubs throughout the country. The telenovela is designed to teach life skills and HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness.
"I was visiting Mongolian friends at Tsgaan Sar, the celebration of the lunar new year. Everyone gets dressed up in their best—and these two boys were no exception. The expressions on their faces are so clear—confidence on the face of the boy on the left and uncertainty and timidness on the face of the little boy on the right."
- Peace Corps Business Development Volunteer Judy Gates
I had just gotten back home to site from being in the city for two weeks of intensive in-service training. I was nervous about returning to site, returning to my normal routine, the seclusion, the intense cultural differences that make living in a village and city so vastly different. The small children always seem to add color and excitement to life. Upon arriving back home from school, there was a group waiting anxiously for me to come back, it was one of the best feelings. I have never had so much fun playing “Go Fish”, a new game for them. They made the transition much easier.
- Peace Corps Education Volunteer Elle Chang, Indonesia
"These children attend one of the few government-run centers in Honduras catering to families with severe economic hardships, and children of working mothers. Just before Christmas 2010, they made these decorations to bring home and spread the holiday cheer!" - Peace Corps Youth Development Volunteer Lisa Lavezzo
Situated in the African Rift Valley, Uganda is home to the source of the Nile River in Lake Victoria. The Lake provides the main source of protein for the tribes that live in the southeastern district. The children have just off-boarded a ferry canoe that brought them from their island home to Busiro Landing for the World AIDS Day celebration in December 2007. The brothers and sisters have lost their parents to AIDS and have no money for school fees. They survive by growing vegetables & fruits in a kitchen garden.