Peace Corps

Educating Deaf Communities in Peace Corps Kenya

Peace Corps Kenya began in 1964 and remains one of the oldest Peace Corps programs in Africa. Over six thousand Peace Corps Volunteers have served the people of Kenya in meeting its development goals by providing expertise and training in various disciplines. In 1992, the deaf education sector was initiated … Continue reading Educating Deaf Communities in Peace Corps Kenya

Malian Bogolan Online Exhibition

We have just added an online exhibition about Malian Bogolan (mud cloth) to the website of the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. This exhibition draws upon the documentation of Malian artists who participated in the 2003 and 2011 Smithsonian Folklife Festivals, and it includes audio tracks and video. It was compiled by Meghan … Continue reading Malian Bogolan Online Exhibition

Festival Audio – Conversation: “What Peace Corps Volunteers Do”

This installment of Festival Audio features a conversation with two returned Peace Corps volunteers: Jimmy Schneidewind, who served in Mozambique from 2007 to 2009 in HIV/AIDS and health education, and Yung-Mei Haloski, who served in China from 1997 to 1999 as a university English teacher. In this discussion about “What … Continue reading Festival Audio – Conversation: “What Peace Corps Volunteers Do”

Opika Performance Group from Perechyn, Ukraine

The Opika Performance Group from Perechyn, Ukraine, reconnects local orphaned children with their region’s culture and heritage through performances of Ukraine’s diverse song and dance traditions. The group prepared an original performance for the 2011 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Videography by Michael Headley, Mitch Malasky, and Eric Griffis; editing by Michael … Continue reading Opika Performance Group from Perechyn, Ukraine

John Garamendi on his Peace Corps Experience in Ethiopia

Congressman John Garamendi and his wife were both Peace Corps volunteers in the late 1960s. In this video of a discussion at the 2011 Festival, Garamendi describes how the community in which he was living in Ethiopia reacted to the assassinations of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy. … Continue reading John Garamendi on his Peace Corps Experience in Ethiopia