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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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

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

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

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 Dress Professional, Fashionable, AND Comfortable on the Colombian Coast

Alexandra Tracy Chavarriaga is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in a pueblo in La Guajira, Colombia. -   There is no doubt that the first piece of important information a Peace Corps Colombia volunteer will tell potential trainees is that the Colombian Coast is HOT HOT HOT. I still remember the video of … Continue reading How to Dress Professional, Fashionable, AND Comfortable on the Colombian Coast

Cacao Process

Kyle King is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in a pueblo in La Guajira, Colombia. -   I’ve had the distinct honor of working with APOMD (Asociación de Productores Orgánicos del Municipio de Dibulla), the association I’ve worked closely with during my service here in La Guajira, Colombia. They are an association of … Continue reading Cacao Process

VAC Mini-Grant Recipients

VAC Project pictures

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 Recipients

Life As a Queer Volunteer

José is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Atlántico, Colombia. -   Before coming to Colombia, I didn’t think I would have much culture shock. After all, I’m of Latino origins, I speak Spanish at home, and I’ve lived in Mexico and Chile. However, I was wrong.  The move came with … Continue reading Life As a Queer Volunteer

What PC Service is like as a Costeña-Americana

Dezi is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Bolívar, Colombia. - When I submitted my application to serve in the Peace Corps my expectation was to be placed in any Community Economic Development (CED) sector in Africa or Eastern Europe. When the Peace Corps invited me to the Caribbean Coast … Continue reading What PC Service is like as a Costeña-Americana

Gringa Postiza

Daniella is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Bolívar, Colombia. -   When I think of diversity in the Peace Corps and my experience serving in Colombia as a first generation Latina I automatically reflect on my own identity. Growing up in Los Angeles with immigrant parents from El Salvador, … Continue reading Gringa Postiza

Afro-Colombian Dances at Semana Santa Celebration

Alexandra is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in a pueblo in La Guajira, Colombia. -   https://youtu.be/qxzFpgyGT4k Girls between the ages of 6 and 12 performed with Afro-Colombian pride during this past spring break celebration in Dibulla, La Guajira. The older girls performed a remix of three songs they chose: a song by … Continue reading Afro-Colombian Dances at Semana Santa Celebration

Buen Provecho: Auyama Carrot Thai Curry

Megyn is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Atlántico, Colombia. -   I made this dish for my Colombian family. I left the red pepper flakes out until the end in which I just added to my bowl because they don’t care for spicy. In fact, the ginger was borderline … Continue reading Buen Provecho: Auyama Carrot Thai Curry

VAC Mini-grant Recipients

For those of you that don't know, 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, … Continue reading VAC Mini-grant Recipients