Ask a Volunteer
Q: In what ways do the people of your host country prepare for the annual harvest or celebrate its conclusion?
A: On the northern coast of Peru there are many different agricultural products; each region therefore celebrates at different times. However, each region does celebrate similarly. A nationally famous musical group is invited to play a concert, families save their money to buy the best meat possible, and soccer tournaments are held. During these fiestas, family members from throughout the country will come back home to be with their countrymen for the most lively week of the year.
Matthew West, Community-Based Environmental Peace Corps Volunteer, Peru
A: In Morocco, fall is located somewhere between fig and apple season. Here in the south, falling temperatures usher in the harvest, and the fruits are delicious and fresh. Dates are a special treat, earning the honored place in Moroccans' hearts as the first food they eat to break the Ramadan fast, which fell in September this year. People prize them as southern treasures, and when traveling north they are collected and given as gifts. Each town claims to have the best, and Erfoud, a small town from which camel trekkers embark, even boasts an annual date festival. There is no doubt though, that the sweet brown fruits have the power to satisfy any sweet tooth and keep you coming back for more.
Rachel Weiner, English Education Peace Corps Volunteer, Morocco
A: Halloween and fall do not exist here. I’ve been told that there used to be a “Harvest Day” where people would go to the churches to sing and celebrate, but that these celebrations are now rare.
Mandy Ward, NGO Development Peace Corps Volunteer, Uganda