Explosive First Impressions

Megyn Rodriguez is a Returned Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer who served in a pueblo in Atlántico, Colombia -   It is said over and over during training the importance of integration and making good impressions. After all, we are representing our country. A volunteer is most aware of this concept during their first months … Continue reading Explosive First Impressions

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Screams Internally

Kellie Mahoney is a Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Atlántico, Colombia - When I applied for the Peace Corps I knew that it entailed future failures. Whether I liked it or not, it would  happen. I knew that I would be stressed, have my patience tested, face work challenges, … Continue reading Screams Internally

Lentils with Chicken

Thomas Russell is a Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Atlántico, Colombia - This is what kept me going in my first few months at site. Schedules change, counterparts change, space and time actually changes, but these lentils stay the same. They’re perfectly good without the meat; in fact, that … Continue reading Lentils with Chicken

Committing to Failure

Jane Haines is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Atlántico, Colombia - At the end of September, 2018, a new group of community economic development trainees reached the end of their training period. Language? Check. Practicum project? Check. Site visits? Check. One million tiny Styrofoam cups of coffee? Check. Check. … Continue reading Committing to Failure

Deafening Happiness

Eric Brown is a Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Atlántico, Colombia. -   Atlántico    I flow forth from giant stacks Of metal and plastic and wires Of neon paint and costeño pride   I fill the air I possess your hearts I infect your minds   Love me … Continue reading Deafening Happiness

My Peace Corps Playlist

Mixie McConnell is a Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer serving in a pueblo in La Guajira, Colombia. -   The first and only time I have made a playlist was with my best friend in South Korea for our going away party. We had battled with feeling lonely and having too much free time, … Continue reading My Peace Corps Playlist

Texas: A Fiction

Cutter Ulhorn is a Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer serving in a pueblo in La Guajira, Colombia. -   Mirah – Lonestar Texas bleeds in and out. They do not tell you this when you are born. There is no talk when you are growing up, just on the verge of discovering yourself through … Continue reading Texas: A Fiction

Woven Words

Yosili Amador is a Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Atlántico, Colombia. - Ay mi Colombia hermosa! Mi dulce pesadilla. Every day te vivo pero sometimes your heat, la soledad, and the abundance of “cojela suave,” drive me a little bit to the edge. Es que sometimes I don’t know what … Continue reading Woven Words

35k Bike Ride in Dibulla, La Guajira

Alexandra Chavarriaga is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in La Guajira, Colombia. - Title: 35k Bike Ride in Dibulla, La Guajira On my 30th birthday, I decided to take a bike ride for self-reflection. I’ve always found exercise to be therapeutic, even meditative, but I didn't expect such a random surprise. February 21st, … Continue reading 35k Bike Ride in Dibulla, La Guajira

A Healthy Body for the Right Mind

Gabe Levy is a Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Bolívar, Colombia. - Having just passed the one-year marker in country, I am familiar with the habits that keep me in the right frame of mind. I think most volunteers can agree that a good book, a long night of … Continue reading A Healthy Body for the Right Mind

The Kids Are Alright

Paul LaMancusa Jr. is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Bolívar, Colombia. - The kids don’t care if you didn’t leave your house that day. The kids don’t care that nobody showed up to your class. The kids don’t care that you’ve had a bad week serving in Peace Corps. … Continue reading The Kids Are Alright

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

Resiliency in the Pueblo

Angelica Richardson is a Returned Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer who served in a pueblo in Magdalena, Colombia. - Resiliency in the pueblo Throughout my service, I’ve had difficult moments like other volunteers. I found myself struggling to cope because I did not have the available coping options as I did in the States. … Continue reading Resiliency in the Pueblo

Colombia’s Independence Day Celebration in Dibulla

Alexandra Chavarriaga is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in La Guajira, Colombia. -   My first Independence Day celebration in Colombia as a Colombian-American was on July 20th, 2017. I’ve performed at two Colombian Independence Day events in San Diego, California in the past with the dance group Algarabia Colombiana, along with other … Continue reading Colombia’s Independence Day Celebration in Dibulla