Richard Harwood's Peace Corps Honduras Web page

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Richard Harwood's Peace Corps Honduras Web page

Richard Harwood's Peace Corps Honduras Web page

Peace Corps '89 - '91

In 1989 I joined the Peace Corps and was assigned to work in the Central American country of Honduras. The first three months of my Peace Corps service were spent living in the town of Valle de Angeles with a Honduran host family. This time was spent in training. Most of the training concentrated on learning Spanish and language skills. I went to Honduras without being able to speak Spanish, but 4-6 hours a day for three months helped to change that! I am not fluent in Spanish but know enough to be able to communicate and travel comfortably in Spanish-speaking regions. Training also consisted of techical and cross-cultural sessions.

My first year as a Volunteer was spent in the town of Ojojona. I was geologically mapping the areas around Ojojona for the National Geographic Institute and the General Offices of Mines and Hydrocarbons. After completing the field work in Ojojona, I moved to Yuscaran and began working on another map.

My work also allowed me many opportunities to travel around the country and see some of the sites. Below are but a few of the photos from the many rolls of film that I took over the course of two years.

The last line is a link to the Peace Corps homepage, where you can learn more about the Peace Corps and get information on becoming a Peace Corps Volunteer.

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The house that I lived in for the first three months of training

The house in Ojojona where I lived my first year in Honduras

The main street in Ojojona

My landlord, Leonel Callejas

The main Catholic church in Ojojona

The San Isidro Market in Comayaguela, just across the river from the capital, Tegugucigalpa

Cargo plane crash that happened approximately 6 km from Ojojona on Cerro de Hule

One of the many streets in downtown Choluteca

The old pier at Amapala on Isla del Tigre - The mountain in the background is an extinct volcano

One of the many parks in downtown Tegucigalpa

Cow trails west of Ojojona. These were the types of trails I often followed while conducting field work

Field area west of Ojojona

A typical looking house in Lepaterique

Downtown Tela, located on the north coast

Miguel from Puerto Cortez on the north coast

Stone carving at the Mayan ruins of Copan

The Mayan ruins of Copan - the ball court is visible through the trees

The Mayan ruins of Copan

Macaws at the gate to the Mayan ruins

Downtown Tegucigalpa

Central district of Yuscaran - Yuscaran is famous for its old gold mining district, Spanish architecture and guaro (alcohol made from sugar cane)

Bridge over the Rio Choluteca, east of Yuscaran

View over the town of Danli

Spanish architecture in Yuscaran

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By hankroden ( - on Monday, April 05, 2004 - 10:31 pm: Edit Post

Some years ago my wife and I purchased several wood items including small leather-covered folding wooden seats in Valle de Angeles. We'd like to try to purchase more items for family members but cannot return to do so. Does anyone know how we can reach someone in Valle de Angeles with whom we could arrange such purchases?

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