Lida

Kaleb Rogers is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Atlántico, Colombia. -   Abstaining from meat can be awkward in social situations. One tends to field a spate of questions upon denying a seared slab of steak or a plate of fried fish: “Why don’t you eat meat?” “Is it … Continue reading Lida

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Get in the Game

Rebecca Nash is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Bolívar, Colombia. -   Today was hot. ...Just like every other day here. I left the house with my red bag filled with school supplies and tubes of paper sticking out, knocking against my head to the beat of my lazy … Continue reading Get in the Game

MC and Me

Maya Sadagopal is a Communuty Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Sucre, Colombia. -   My first five months of service failed to deliver the heady fulfillment and impact promised by Peace Corps’s social media presence. It was difficult, lonely, and disappointingly unproductive. After repeatedly failing to make meaningful connections at the … Continue reading MC and Me

The Bus

Kaleb Rogers is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Atlántico, Colombia. A lot of Peace Corps volunteers savor going to the head office in Barranquilla. They savor the opportunity to spend a night out of site. They savor (literally) the chance to eat non-pueblo food. They savor seeing friends, being … Continue reading The Bus

Failing with Friends

Maya Sadagopal is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Sucre, Colombia - I’m sitting in a classroom surrounded by the rubble of a school day in coastal Colombia; candy wrappers, empty plastic water bags, and crumpled paper litter the floor. The primary students have just left, and those pelaos never … Continue reading Failing with Friends

What is Weak?

Kaleb Rogers is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Atlántico, Colombia - It’s October 25th, 2017. I’m sitting in a rare oasis of air conditioning in the coordinators’ office at my local high school, excited to co-plan a new entrepreneurship curriculum. It’s tightly packed, maybe 60 square ft. The two … Continue reading What is Weak?

VAC Minigrant Spotlight

Nakita Naik is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Bolívar, Colombia - Peace Corps Colombia’s Volunteer Advisory Council (VAC) offers a mini-grant worth 50 thousand Colombian Pesos (~15 USD) each month to which any Volunteer can apply to support a project. September’s winning applicant was CED volunteer Nakita Naik. Her … Continue reading VAC Minigrant Spotlight

A Message For Musicians

Hannah Everett is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in Magdalena, Colombia. -   “DO. RE. MI. FA. SOL. LA. SI.” The seven musical syllables of a solfège spelled out in sing-song Spanish. That’s what he told me they were, anyways. I told him I couldn’t possibly work with those chords, that those were … Continue reading A Message For Musicians

Fiddler’s Stage

Rebecca Nash is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in Magdalena, Colombia. -   Since I can remember, I’ve been a singer. I’ve sung in choirs, in quartets and ensembles. I’ve won scholarships, attended a private arts school, and even randomly sang Christmas carols one time with the woman who performed as Rafiki on … Continue reading Fiddler’s Stage

I’m Going Through Some Changes

Kaleb Rogers is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in Atlántico, Colombia. -   I’m sitting on the bus with my headphones in, pushing just enough air past my vocal chords to feel the sensation of singing without actually producing words. It’s not that it matters; nobody on this ostentatiously decorated death machine would … Continue reading I’m Going Through Some Changes

Arrival

Sybelle VanAntwerp is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in Magdalena, Colombia. - Just get to your community, I tell myself. First quietly, inside my head. Yet as I continue my morning tasks, time seems to melt around me, becoming viscous. I wear it around my neck. My heart quickens. I say it again … Continue reading Arrival

Thyme and Again

Belen Castillo is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Atlántico, Colombia. - When I first started looking at different Peace Corps posts, I definitely did some eliminating based on whether I thought I would like the traditional food in that country. I am an adventurous person, but not when it … Continue reading Thyme and Again

Serendipitous Self-Care

Chaney Skadsen is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Bolívar, Colombia. - We’re all in the same boat here: foreigners in a new pueblo, around new people trying to do a job much bigger than ourselves. Some of our boats have motors, seats, and roofs. Some have bongeros and room … Continue reading Serendipitous Self-Care