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

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Strong Friendships

Angelica Richardson is a Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Magdalena, Colombia. - To me, friendship is pure happiness that is rooted in mutual respect and admiration.  Every time I look at pictures that have me with Nazly or Claudia, I see those things. These are the two women that … Continue reading Strong Friendships

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

VAC Mini Grant

The VAC Mini-Grant program is intended to support volunteers' community initiatives by providing a streamlined source of small cash grants. However modest, PCVs have come to rely on the $50,000 COP (equal to approximately $17 USD) grants as a consistent and reliable crowd-funded financial resource. Since January 2016, VAC's fundraising efforts have enabled us to … Continue reading VAC Mini Grant

An Expression of Gratitude for Peace Corps Soulmates

Jacquie Sarkisian is a Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Magdalena, Colombia. - Throughout my life, having lived in different countries since I was 11 years old, I have been fortunate enough to have encountered many friendships along the way. This is dedicated to two friends I made during my … Continue reading An Expression of Gratitude for Peace Corps Soulmates

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 Use World Wise Schools In Your Classroom

Michelle and Lena with Colombian students

Michelle DiIeso is a Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Bólivar, Colombia. -   Think about what type of program you want and what resources you have available.   Sign up! (https://www.peacecorps.gov/educators/ for educators, PC Live for volunteers) Get matched and get going! Originally, World Wise Schools (WWS) was created … Continue reading How to Use World Wise Schools In Your Classroom

How To Bring Eco-Tourism to a Site

Sam Shroder is a Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Bólivar, Colombia. -   There had been many ideas about what tourism in my site would look like, but what it seemed to shape into was this: a simple and realistic view of life in a town on the coast. … Continue reading How To Bring Eco-Tourism to a Site

How Not to Lose a Guy (or Girl) in 27 Months

Natalie Green is a Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Atlántico, Colombia. -   Before joining the Peace Corps I made the very unconventional decision to get married. We hadn’t been dating for that long before I got my invitation for service, but I knew that I didn’t want to … Continue reading How Not to Lose a Guy (or Girl) in 27 Months

How to Promote Peace with Photography

Carrie Shoultz is a Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Atlántico, Colombia. Alyssa Galik is a a Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Bólivar, Colombia. -   In early July, a dozen Colombian students joined with six American students visiting Colombia for the first time to … Continue reading How to Promote Peace with Photography

Clearing the Fog of Negativity

Brianna Thompson is a Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Atlántico, Colombia.   Early on in every Peace Corps Volunteer’s service, they become very aware of threats to mental health. The topic is touched on during Pre-Service Training by both medical staff and Peace Corps Volunteer Leaders; all trainees discuss … Continue reading Clearing the Fog of Negativity

How I Regained My Lost Confidence

Angelica before and after

Angelica is a Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Magdalena, Colombia. -        Ask yourself what has changed? What do you think caused yourself to feel this way?      Do the research. What have other people done with similar problems?      Try until something works. For me, I noticed that my self-confidence took … Continue reading How I Regained My Lost Confidence

Buen Provecho: Vegetable Ramen and Green Juice

Alyssa's recipes

Alyssa is a Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer serving in a town in Bólivar, Colombia. - Main course I really, really, really, miss Asian food while I’m in Colombia. I can usually find a good burger or decent Mexican food every now and then, but actual Asian food is basically nonexistent on the coast. … Continue reading Buen Provecho: Vegetable Ramen and Green Juice

The Identity Dilemma: Experiencing Multiculturalism in the US and Colombia

Alyssa is a Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Bolívar, Colombia. -   From a conversation with a friend who has just seen me in a shirt that says “100% California”: Friend: You should get a shirt that says 50% California, 50% Chinese. Me: Well, actually the Chinese side has been in … Continue reading The Identity Dilemma: Experiencing Multiculturalism in the US and Colombia

La Gringa con la Cara de Asia

Angell

Angell is a Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer serving in veredas in Magdalena, Colombia. -   -“Japonesa?” -“No.” -“China?” -“Tampoco.” -(And if we are really good at guessing…) “Coreana?” *Umm, you forgot the Americana part, señor. Then, we proceed to the next level of some of my favorite questions… -“De dónde eres?” -“Soy de … Continue reading La Gringa con la Cara de Asia