VAC Mini-Grant Program

Photos showcasing projects

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

VAC Mini-Grant Recipients

by Erick Uribe The VAC (Volunteer Advisory Committee) has been awarding $50,000 (COP) mini-grants to Peace Corps Colombia volunteers on a monthly basis since November 2015. Since then, we have awarded six mini-grants, for a total of $300,000 (COP). However modest, these funds provide Volunteers with a streamlined method for financing small projects within their … Continue reading VAC Mini-Grant Recipients

Soup, a Bottle of Liquor, and a Catchy Chorus

By Erick Uribe As a Peace Corps Volunteer, I’m well aware that the organization’s third goal encourages us to promote a better understanding of Colombians on the part of Americans. If I’m being real with you, I’ll admit that this goal was nowhere on my radar as I touched down in Los Angeles last December. … Continue reading Soup, a Bottle of Liquor, and a Catchy Chorus

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


By Erick Uribe Unexpectedly finding myself at a Close of Service (COS) ceremony after a drawn-out day of Pre-Service Training (PST) preemptively put the next two years into perspective. As I went about that day pondering the various possibilities for site-placement and potential secondary projects, a group of seasoned CII-4 volunteers was closing out relationships … Continue reading Overlap