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

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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 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

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

Dibulla Pre-Carnavales – “Nueva Generación” Dance Youth

Ale with her group of Carnaval dancers

Alexandra lives in the department of La Guajira, as a Community Economic Development volunteer. -   I have been dancing with young ladies from my community since the very beginning of January. Once school started in early February, they stopped coming to my class because they had to prepare for their grade-specific Carnaval dance presentations at … Continue reading Dibulla Pre-Carnavales – “Nueva Generación” Dance Youth