Alyssa lives in a vereda (incorporated community) of Cartagena in the department of Bolivar, as a Practical English for Success volunteer.
A few months ago, I did a photo camp with some of my students. The purpose of the camp was to allow students (ages 7-13) to express themselves artistically while also learning about photography. My community is very special, a small fishing town made up of primarily Afro-Colombians. A 20 minute drive from Cartagena, it is increasingly seeing new development and tourism alter its way of life. I wanted the photos to convey the strong sense of identity and pride that my community members have and I think they speak for themselves. These photos convey the places, the people, the things that make up my students’ daily life.
La Cancha – every pueblo has to have one in some form. In my community, baseball is just as popular as soccer. On the weekends, there are often games here against surrounding pueblos.
Luis, age 13 – was one of the most enthusiastic about the photo camp. He said he wants to work with technology and/or visual arts when he grows up.
A black cat belonging to Ana Gabriel’s family (age 8).
Sundays are beach day in Colombia and that means most people in my community are working on the beach. Here, a man pushes one of the many ceviche carts you will find in town.
Guayapito, the name of the stream that runs through my community and ends at the ocean.
The palm trees that line a hotel on the beach.
One of the brightly colored houses in our town.
Tourists often ride horses on the beach.
A boy plays with his pet bird.
A tree, as seen from the local non-profit: Fundación Carlos y Sonia Haime.
Students love to play with each other’s hair. Here, a girl wears fresh-picked flowers in her hair.
Murals line the school in town, where both primary and secondary students attend.
Miguel Arias (age 9) stands with his camera in front of a neighborhood called El Vecino.