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


Counterpart Spotlight: Nancy Elena Granados Barceló

by Barbara Alvarado Nancy Granados is your modern day Super Woman. She is a full-time mother; her son Carlos Mauricio is fifteen and Juan David is twelve. She’s also a wife, a full time teacher at Colegio Mayor de Barranquilla y el Caribe, and she's also my counterpart. I sat down with Mrs. Granados to … Continue reading Counterpart Spotlight: Nancy Elena Granados Barceló

FICCI Movie Reviews

Letters from War by Christopher Gordon On the weekend of March 4th, I met some volunteers in Cartagena for FICCI: Festival Internacional Cine Colombia de Indias. The first movie of the weekend that we watched was Cartas da Guerra, a 2016 Portuguese film directed by Ivo M. Ferreira. Shot in black-and-white, the film details the … Continue reading FICCI Movie Reviews

La Vida Es Un Carnaval

by Barbara Alvarado In the coastal cities of Colombia, one of the world's largest spectacles of dance and cultural pageantry was in full swing this month. Carnaval! The four-day rumba, running from February 6th to the 9th, is a spectacular display of Colombian customs and colors that rivals any other festivity of its kind. During … Continue reading La Vida Es Un Carnaval

Staff Spotlight: Marggie Borda

By Barbara Alvarado She keeps us laughing and on check. It’s time to learn a little bit more about one of our favorite office staff members. What is your full name? Marggie Borda Villanueva. Where were you born and raised? Barranquilla. Where did you go to college and what did you study? I went to … Continue reading Staff Spotlight: Marggie Borda

Quilleras Unidas: An Unexpected Meeting of the Minds

By Kathleen Rodriguez and Barbara Alvarado Off-limits and red-zone: two simple words that have the uncanny ability to produce a long sigh and a slight roll of the eyes. As volunteers, we hate these words. They signify a change that we’re not ready for. How are we going to continue our secondary projects? How will … Continue reading Quilleras Unidas: An Unexpected Meeting of the Minds