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

Cooking with Limited Resources: Colombian Pueblo Recipes

by Alyssa Galik I’ve always had a bit of a passion for cooking. I wouldn’t say my tastes are necessarily refined, but I tried to follow the fancy Pinterest recipes to the best of my ability. I’ve only been at site for a few months now but cooking has already taken on a life of … Continue reading Cooking with Limited Resources: Colombian Pueblo Recipes

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

Host Family Spotlight: Zulmira Cabrera

by Trevor Johnson For those who ever had the pleasure of coming to my house during pre-service training, you know the love of Zulmira. She was my host mom during training, but continues to be my host mom every day.  We whatsapp almost daily and I’ve visited her several times since we have moved to … Continue reading Host Family Spotlight: Zulmira Cabrera

Staff Spotlight: Johan Villafañe Torres

by Kathleen Rodriguez This month’s office MVP award goes to Johan. He’s our beloved driver, package deliverer, and passport specialist (and those are just his official duties). Johan is siempre a la orden and always attends us with a smile and good conversation. We’re quite sure Peace Corps operations would not function effectively without him. … Continue reading Staff Spotlight: Johan Villafañe Torres