Letter from Azerbaijan

Editor’s note: Chhun Sun (Summer 2005) expects to be in northern Azerbaijan with the Peace Corps until November 2014, teaching English and co-editing AZLander, a quarterly publication of Peace Corps Azerbaijan. He is blogging about his experiences for the Chips Quinn Scholars website. Look for his periodic posts.

Freaking out about leaving Azerbaijan

Reflecting on a year [...]

2013 Summer Mobile Media Storytelling

From cupcake baking to violin making, the Summer 2013 class of Chips Quinn Scholars captured snippets of daily life in Nashville, Tenn., as part of their multimedia training in May. Working in pairs, the mobile journalists reported their stories using new tools and old: apps and smartphones and pen and paper. Their work appears below.

THE [...]

Summer 2013 Chips Quinn Photo Gallery

Life in a Village in Azerbaijan

by Chhun Sun
I’m an English teacher for Peace Corps Azerbaijan. I’ve been here for five months and spent the first 11 weeks immersed in language and technical training in Sumgayit, near the capital of Baku. My permanent site is a village in Balakan, the northernmost region in Azerbaijan, next to Georgia and Russia.
I love my [...]

Thanks, y’all

by Michelle Gachet
Inside a house in Milan, Tenn., I walked past a hall bearing trophies and tiaras and found Shyla Phinnessee surrounded by toys and stuffed animals and wearing a yellow gown. The camera hanging around my neck gave me license to ask the 4-year-old beauty pageant contestant and her mother, “Is it like “Toddlers [...]

Where in the World are our Chipsters? 1.0

This feature is meant for alums of the Chips Quinn Scholars program to periodically post updates, especially as our alum base grows and our Scholars scatter across the globe.
Shaki, Azerbaijan

Chhun Sun (Summer 2005) in front of the Sheki Khans’ palace in Shaki, Azerbaijan. Chhun, an English teacher for the Peace Corps in Azerbaijan, writes, “The [...]

Spring 2013 Chips Quinn Photo Gallery

2013 Spring Class

♦ Mon., Jan. 14 (Day 1)
♦ Tues., Jan. 15 (Day 2)
♦ Wed., Jan. 16 (Day 3)
♦ Sun., Jan. 20 (Day 7)

Five things I learned at the Victoria (Texas) Advocate

by Josh Morgan
Different State, Different “Normal”
Texas is very different from Arizona, where I attend school. I learned this quickly while working as a multimedia intern for the Victoria (Texas) Advocate. One early assignment was to cover a rededication of a statue that honored a Confederate soldier. Talk about culture shock. Men were dressed as [...]

An internship in photos

I was grateful to have been assigned to cover my first music festival, Bonnaroo, in Manchester, Tenn., in June. I photographed some iconic figures and created a series on dreadlocks. I learned the importance of simplicity, unconventional brainstorming and being on time. This photograph of Ludacris wouldn’t have been possible if I hadn’t arrived 45 [...]

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