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

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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

Manzanillo del Mar Photo Camp

Pictures from the photo camp

Alyssa lives in a vereda (incorporated community) of Cartagena in the department of Bolivar, as a Practical English for Success volunteer. -   A few months ago, I did a photo camp with some of my students. The purpose of the camp was to allow students (ages 7-13) to express themselves artistically while also learning … Continue reading Manzanillo del Mar Photo Camp

VAC Mini-Grant Program

Photos showcasing projects

As CII-6 prepares to end our service, we have also transferred fundraising efforts and Mini-Grant distribution responsibilities to the CII-8 VAC (Volunteer Advisory Council) representatives: Trevor Johnson and Helena Vonk. We've been thrilled to see how the Mini-Grant program has grown over the past year and have especially enjoyed seeing the projects that have benefited … Continue reading VAC Mini-Grant Program

Cooking with Limited Resources: Colombian Pueblo Recipes

by Alyssa Galik I’ve always had a bit of a passion for cooking. I wouldn’t say my tastes are necessarily refined, but I tried to follow the fancy Pinterest recipes to the best of my ability. I’ve only been at site for a few months now but cooking has already taken on a life of … Continue reading Cooking with Limited Resources: Colombian Pueblo Recipes

CII-8: Commitment to Service Statements

by Brianna Thompson There were countless times during my cohort's pre-service training where I thought, "I am so lucky to be in the presence of these people," but never so much as during our Commitment to Service ceremony.  Our Commitment to Service was a private ceremony (meaning only the Peace Corps trainees, the volunteer leader, … Continue reading CII-8: Commitment to Service Statements