Cards

Samantha Granger is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Magdalena, Colombia. I try not to brag too much, but I have a fantastic family. They are insanely fun, and love me unconditionally (not an easy task). I wouldn’t trade them for the world. When I made the decision to move … Continue reading Cards

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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

A Love Letter to my Local Mall

Maya Sadagopal is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Sucre, Colombia. They say you always want what you can’t have. Though we frequently apply this adage to stories of unrequited love, I’ve found it describes all aspects of life. We wish for the warmth of the sun in the dead … Continue reading A Love Letter to my Local Mall

Book Colored Lenses

Kaleb Rogers is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in Atlántico, Colombia. -   People talk a lot about self-care in the Peace Corps, doing things that keep you happy, keep you sane. At times, the Peace Corps can be challenging, depressing, even boring. The evaporating enthusiasm of a once highly motivated counterpart or … Continue reading Book Colored Lenses

Integration Through a Shared Love

Isaac Ehlers is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Bolívar, Colombia. - I remember being in first grade, eager to get to school early so I could spend time with my first love.  It was the beginning of a budding relationship that would influence the rest of my life. As I … Continue reading Integration Through a Shared Love

Sancocho: A Recipe for Community Building

- Sybelle VanAntwerp and Ivette Aguilar are Community Economic Development (CED) volunteers serving in pueblos in Sucre, Colombia and Magdalena, Colombia, respectively. The original version of this article was a speech for the CII-11 swearing-in ceremony, delivered in Spanish by Ivette Aguilar. It was developed based on common experiences and input from the cohort during … Continue reading Sancocho: A Recipe for Community Building