It Ain’t Much, But It’s Honest Work

Alex Wagner is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in a pueblo in La Guajira, Colombia. I don’t have much experience with home-made slingshots, but this one seems to be coming together quite nicely. After finding a sturdy Y-shaped branch and whittling it down to fit in the hand, we tie on stretchy plastic tubes … Continue reading It Ain’t Much, But It’s Honest Work

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Pueblo Bus

Eric Brown is a Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Atlántico, Colombia. dogs barking sweat beading vallenato blaring bus speeding traffic inching roads curving motos zipping drivers swerving halt, go stop, start whiplashed neck pounding heart fingers tapping WhatsApp dinging vendors selling musicians singing purses clutched boxes piled clothes adjusted … Continue reading Pueblo Bus

Weak Fingers, Stronger Bonds

Kenney Tran is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Magdalena, Colombia. During my time in pre-service training (PST), I established myself as the premier goalie in our weekly games of micro soccer. My glorious uniform consisting of running shoes, high school football shorts, a tank top, and some gardening gloves … Continue reading Weak Fingers, Stronger Bonds

Dead Mouse Fan

Jane Haines is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Atlántico, Colombia. It's two o’clock in the morning when a loud clanging jerks me awake. Robbery? No, my neighborhood is safe; the noise came from inside my room. Did something fall? I turn on my light to see everything in place, … Continue reading Dead Mouse Fan

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

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