Images offer a chance to peak inside someone else’s world. Often, they provide the best means for understanding an event in the past, or an experience beyond our own comprehension. This is especially true when it comes to the many exciting and exotic opportunities encountered by Peace Corps volunteers.
Reading about these experiences, or hearing RPCVs recall stories from the past, doesn’t convey the same understanding as seeing it with your own eyes–even if that means through a photograph. While they may have faced difficult challenges and unpleasant moments, Peace Corps volunteers also witnessed beautiful landscapes, sampled local cuisine, and embraced traditional cultures and customs.
From ordinary to the unusual, images in the PCCA depict the wide variety of Peace Corps volunteers’ experiences. Enjoy a few of the images found in the collection.
Miango Village near Jos. Home of the Irigwe people studied by Walt Sangree, professor of anthropology at Rochester University. circa 1963-1965.
A Peace Corps volunteer followed by a crowd of children. Winifred Boge remembered, “she always got a big ‘following’–she was smiling and friendly to all.”
Peace Corps volunteer on top of a termite mound in Concepcion, Paraguay.