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

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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

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

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

Friends and Family

Audrey White is a Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Magdalena, Colombia. - Friends are people who invite you to the river at the last minute. They tease you knowing you take things too literally and laugh with you when you finally figure it out. They invite you over and … Continue reading Friends and Family

In Good Company

Matt Plaus is a Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Magdalena, Colombia. - “Andaaaa! OK, otra vez. Profe, como así. Gud aftirnoone.” “Much better. Really, you’re getting so much better. Are you sure you weren’t born in the United States? You must of have spent some time there.” “Yo deseo, … Continue reading In Good Company

Questions

Cutter Ulhorn is a Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Magdalena, Colombia. -   My friends ask me questions. I have answers. “Profe, how old are you?” “Twenty six.” “Profe, how tall are you?” I still don't know how to explain my height in meters. I say six pies and … Continue reading Questions

How to GLOW

Camp GLOW is a global Peace Corps initiative. GLOW stands for Girls Leading Our World. In Colombia, teenage girls at schools across the coast apply to have the chance to attend an overnight camp - for many, their first nights away from home alone - to learn about leadership, self-esteem, professionalism, and more. We asked … Continue reading How to GLOW

How to Live Forever

mountains and running asphalt

Cutter Ulhorn is a Practical English for Success Volunteer serving in a pueblo in La Guajira, Colombia. -   Wake up. Pray. Go to school. Greet the portero. Greet the seños. Greet your counterpart. Unlock the classroom door. Start your class. Teach a dynamic activity. In the course of your lessons, you will be asked … Continue reading How to Live Forever

Spot the Americans In This Picture

Karen is a Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer serving in veredas in Magdalena, Colombia. -\   I've had a great time showing off my family to curious friends, neighbors, students and coworkers.  For them, meeting one Hispanic-American volunteer was shocking enough -- realizing she comes from an entire family of racially ambiguous people has … Continue reading Spot the Americans In This Picture

A Gringo-Latino in Colombia

Samuel is a Practical English for Success volunteer serving in a pueblo in Atlántico, Colombia. -\   One of the things I most appreciate about being from California is the diversity I have been exposed to my entire life. I grew up interacting with people of all backgrounds and cultures.  I had friends who were … Continue reading A Gringo-Latino in Colombia