VAC Mini-Grants

By Aara Johnson In May, the Volunteer Action Committee (VAC) had enough money to fund five projects. Unfortunately, one will not happen, so the funds will be returned to the VAC. The VAC sincerely thanks all PCVs and staff for supporting volunteer projects by patronizing the VAC Tienda and purchasing patches and stickers. What follows … Continue reading VAC Mini-Grants

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Illustrating Salento

By Sarah Shaw Drawing scenes from my daily life in Colombia has given me the opportunity to really observe my surroundings, slow down and reflect. A few weeks ago, I ventured to Salento, a small town in Colombia's Coffee Triangle. Surrounded by lush vegetation, patterned houses, and sprawling mountains, I knew this environment would inspire … Continue reading Illustrating Salento

Collaborating in the Classroom to Teach Students about HIV and AIDS

By Sarah Shaw Last August, I remember opening an email from Oscar about the upcoming Peace Corps HIV/AIDS training, requesting that I invite a counterpart or two. I had no idea who to invite, and I wasn’t feeling too confident after the two counterparts I invited to the Project Development training didn’t show up. I … Continue reading Collaborating in the Classroom to Teach Students about HIV and AIDS

Beyond the Walled City: My Robbery and How it Could Have Been Prevented

By Sarah Shaw R.I.P. cute backpack from the street market in Taichung. I was reading De Cómo las Muchachas García Perdieron el Accento and eating some almonds in the fluorescent-lit Éxito San Diego café around 7 pm, when I heard that a couple other volunteers were running late. It was Saturday evening, and a Fulbright … Continue reading Beyond the Walled City: My Robbery and How it Could Have Been Prevented

High School Photography Camps in La Boquilla and Manzanillo del Mar

By Sarah Shaw This past month, my Peace Corps neighbor, Francis Ramos, and I led two photo camps at our sites, encouraging groups of 15 motivated students to reflect on two important themes: family roots and the meaning of hope. Francis and I both live north of Cartagena; she lives in Manzanillo del Mar, a … Continue reading High School Photography Camps in La Boquilla and Manzanillo del Mar

Three Graphic Novels from Around the World

By Sarah Shaw Graphic novels are not only fantastical stories about superheroes and science fiction. Lately I’ve been reading a selection of (mostly) nonfiction graphic novels that simply tell stories through the combination of text and illustrations. From a Cuban love story to growing up in the midst of the Islamic Revolution to life as an … Continue reading Three Graphic Novels from Around the World