I've always enjoyed taking pictures and Samoa has rewarded me with many a wonderful opportunity. Below are my favorites from throughout service and exemplify not only the beauty of Samoa but the culture as well. Enjoy.
Our first views of Samoa as we fly in.
These beautiful trees once lined Apia but are now all cut down after the Cyclone.
Little ones preparing for White Sunday
Ooops! They've noticed my camera.
Look closely to the one on the left: that's a three person stack going on!
PCVs enjoying the best part of service: children and friends
Helping her mom weave a basket
Out for a morning stroll.
The beauty of To Sua Trench
PCV Madi doing a yoga pose down in To Sua Trench
Lupesina, a house built into a Banyan Tree
PCV Zach going after the elusive coconuts
PCV Allyson performing the traditional Taupo dance
Me and my little brother, Amataga
PCV Madi teaching her brother yoga moves
Village volleyball tournament
Stencils for lavalava designs waiting to be used
Laundry out to dry
Boys waiting to dance
The village turned out to say goodbye as PCVs leave their training village
Friendships formed with fellow PCVs are lasting
Floods almost covering a house during Cyclone Evan
Samoa Country Director Dale, wading through the flood waters to get to the Peace Corps office
Flood damage after Cyclone Evan
PCVs helping to clean out the Peace Corps office
What better place to relax than on your Grandmother's grave?
My host brothers got the head after the slaughtering of the cow
The family's ready for Christmas service
Local boys playing at Togitogiga waterfall
Going home after the plantation
One of my favorite sights: a banyan tree shrouded in mist
A year 1 girl posing for her school picture
Ewww, an akualoa (centipede). Long dead before this picture was taken
Turquoise waters at Lalomanu
Fierce concentration during a school rugby game
PCV Lu jumping into the lagoon
The local Catholic church
Riptides can look so beautiful from far away
Tranquil beaches in Manase
A forgotten faleo'o in the woods
Floating away his cares
Flowers for leis
A fafafine belting out a song
My brother watering the cows as a part of his chores