Playing with Picante

By Jeremy Booth If someone asks you “What do you picture when you think latino food?” you may conjure up images of tear-inducing sauces of varying shades of red-orange and booger-beckoning chiles. If this happens to you, then you’re making the mistake of generalizing Mexican food(or what Americans know as Mexican food thanks to Taco … Continue reading Playing with Picante

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The Blacker the Berry

By Esther Rosario Fiebig Over the past six months I have had the pleasure of working with an amazing group of young adults that make up the dance team junvenil at La Casa de la Cultura de Santa Lucia. They train in Santa Lucia's famous son de negro, as well as mapale, bullerengue, cumbia, and … Continue reading The Blacker the Berry

We Teach, We Learn, We Work as a Team: Camp GLOW 2015

By Isaura Garcia “Are you sure you will be responsible for my daughter?” One parent made sure to call me at 10 p.m. the night before camp to make sure I was going to be a responsible camp counselor. Although this was an unexpected phone call, I put myself in his shoes, and I reassured him that … Continue reading We Teach, We Learn, We Work as a Team: Camp GLOW 2015

Empowering Our Colombian Girls!

By Jeimmy Bernal Being invited for the second time to Camp GLOW was such a rewarding experience! Finding girls who I met last year, receiving their passionate emails, and being a “model for them” was such a touching practice! The second Camp GLOW Colombia took place last month due to the great team work of … Continue reading Empowering Our Colombian Girls!

Tindering the Night Away

By Kathryn Tucker Let me preface this article by saying that I spent most of 2012-2014 in a remote village in Uganda during my first Peace Corps assignment. My dating prospects were rather…nonexistent. Fast-forward a few months, and one Peace Corps Response Application later. I’m settling into the bustling city of Cartagena, solterita and twenty-something … Continue reading Tindering the Night Away

Keep Sex out of the House

By Regina Ernst “Where is everyone having sex?” Upon arrival to Colombia, the reality of living with a host-family set in, and with all the lack of privacy, the doors of the house flung wide open day and night, I wondered if this would force a two-year season of celibacy. At the same time, I knew all these … Continue reading Keep Sex out of the House

John F. Kennedy Volunteer Excellence Award

By Aara Johnson The VAC is excited to announce the recipient of the annual Colombia JFK Volunteer Excellence Award! It is modeled after similar awards at other Peace Corps posts. This award serves to recognize the exemplary work of our fellow Peace Corps Colombia Volunteers. Individuals had to have been nominated by another volunteer to … Continue reading John F. Kennedy Volunteer Excellence Award

Volunteer Spotlight: Ricardo Martinez aka Man of Mystery

By Stephanie Sheffield For this “Heating Things Up” edition, I had the pleasure to interview everyone’s favorite Mexican-American man of mystery, Ricardo Martinez. In between his long pauses, and sips of Juan Valdez coffee, I was able to get some good information out of him. I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I … Continue reading Volunteer Spotlight: Ricardo Martinez aka Man of Mystery

From “Contraparte” to “Mi Llave”: How to make your Peace Corps Counterpart your BFF

By Jimmy Everett I already know what you’re thinking: “Great, another chance for Jimmy to brag about how great his counterpart is.” Well, yes. But more than that, this is an opportunity for me to mention some of the steps that turned our co-working relationship into a friendship that I believe will last a lifetime … Continue reading From “Contraparte” to “Mi Llave”: How to make your Peace Corps Counterpart your BFF

Conociendo a Nuestro Apoyo: Entrevista con Alberto Maldonado

By Megan Birnbaum ¿Cómo enteraste de Cuerpo de Paz? Bueno, yo solía trabajar para el Embajada de los EEUU en Bogotá y un día vi que dos personas entraron y dijeron que iba a tener una oficina en Barranquilla. Y estaba como wow, Barranquilla. Luego comencé a averiguar que era Peace Corps y aprendí de … Continue reading Conociendo a Nuestro Apoyo: Entrevista con Alberto Maldonado

¡Te Hace Daño! Or, It’s Bad for You

By Rick Grijalva Living on the Colombian Coast has opened my eyes to many previously unknown dangers of daily life. As a Peace Corps Volunteer (PCV) on the Coast you’ve probably heard some local wisdom from a host-family member, coworker or friend advising you against certain behaviors that could potentially cause some serious damage. For … Continue reading ¡Te Hace Daño! Or, It’s Bad for You

Peru vs. USA vs. La Costa: Adapting and Re-adapting as a Latina Woman across the Americas

By Ana Alza “Reza.” My mother’s go-to advice for any situation. This time her “rezas” were a bit more insistent. I was on my way to Miami for staging. As a recent college graduate, I had deviated from many of my family’s expectations by joining the Peace Corps. My family emigrated from Peru to the … Continue reading Peru vs. USA vs. La Costa: Adapting and Re-adapting as a Latina Woman across the Americas

“¿Y los pela’os que?”

By Sammy Quezada Before I arrived to this country, I had always wanted work in a youth center of some sort. I have extensive background having worked throughout different departments of a youth center, and I wanted to implement my craft here. Initially living in Barranquilla, I was always on the lookout for a community … Continue reading “¿Y los pela’os que?”