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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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

Where are they now: RPCVs after PC Colombia

It's easy to wonder where the heck we can go from Peace Corps, so we asked RPCVs what they are doing now.   Aara Johnson, CII-5, TEL (English teaching) Since finishing service in November 2015, I moved to Bogota for 5 months to volunteer at Fundación Escuela Nueva. I provided technical assistance in monitoring/evaluation on … Continue reading Where are they now: RPCVs after PC Colombia

VAC Mini-Grant Program

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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

My Final Act

by Erick Uribe Saco Limpio, Saco Lindo is the SPA grant-funded community project that I’ve devoted myself to over the past nine months. My primary counterparts throughout this process have been the staff of Fundación Saco Recicla, a non-profit organization that handles the entire pueblo’s waste management system. To properly understand the goals of this … Continue reading My Final Act

Camp GLOW 2016

by Jessi Atha After 9 months of planning, Camp GLOW (Girls Leading Our World) came and went in a blink of an eye. On June 27th, twenty-eight participants, eight Peace Corps counselors, four Peace Corps directors, one Colombian director and 6 junior counselors arrived in Minca for a week of self-discovery, fun, and laughter. On … Continue reading Camp GLOW 2016

Counterpart Spotlight: Gracce Llanos

by Alex Lerma Gracce Llanos has been an English teacher at Escuela Normal Superior La Hacienda for the past eight years in Barranquilla, Colombia. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in modern languages with an emphasis in English and Spanish. She is a native of Barranquilla and has demonstrated patience and love for a long … Continue reading Counterpart Spotlight: Gracce Llanos

Never Going Home: Margarita Sorock

by Christopher Gordon This is our fourth installment of the "Never Going Home" series that highlights Peace Corps volunteers who have served in Colombia and decided to make it their home. "Turning Points," was written by Peace Corps Colombia volunteer Margarita Sorock, who began her service in 1964. Turning Points The turning point in my … Continue reading Never Going Home: Margarita Sorock

Volunteer Spotlight: Lindsay Copelly-Lerma

by Barbara Alvarado When the Oíste content editor asked me to drop my current story (but really his) to interview Mrs. Lindsay Lerma for our up-coming issue I was thrilled! You mean you want me to stop research on the “Perennial Shrubs: the Marvelous and Wondrous life of Yucca” story? You want me to interview … Continue reading Volunteer Spotlight: Lindsay Copelly-Lerma