Resilience and Adaptability

By Martha Keays Core Expectation # 3: Serve where the Peace Corps asks you to go, under conditions of hardship, if necessary, and with the flexibility needed for effective service Dear Volunteers and Staff of Peace Corps Colombia, Above all else, the number one priority of Peace Corps is the safety and security of Volunteers … Continue reading Resilience and Adaptability

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Tale of the “Most Village”

By Kathryn Tucker During my COS conference in Uganda, my group voted on superlatives for each of the volunteers. Like in your high school yearbook, when you voted for "most likely to succeed" or "best smile," except these superlatives were more along the lines of "most likely to be up in a tree" and "most … Continue reading Tale of the “Most Village”

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

Costeños Saludables

By Alexis Huth Peace Corps: Seeking individuals who can provide creative and resourceful ideas at any given time, endure major life changes (all at once) while remaining calm and mentally at peace, learn/enhance yourself in a foreign language and then survive on it, and at the end of the day, go journal, jog, or do … Continue reading Costeños Saludables

Caniba Strong

By Angela Lopez The Caniba Rugby Club is one of three male rugby teams in Cartagena. The players are intense athletes with an immense passion for the sport and have an incredible amount of Caniba pride. They also subscribe to a community service philosophy, like many rugby teams all over the world. Every year The … Continue reading Caniba Strong

Counterpart Spotlight: Molina for Mayor 2021

By Danny Butterfoss As the birthday song blasts and “FELIZ CUMPLEAÑOS DANNY BUTTERFOSS” scrolls across the tiny bar’s single TV screen, I look over to the wiry young costeño in the makeshift DJ booth, dressed in his usual form-fitting t-shirt and jeans. As he acknowledges me with a wink and a thumbs-up, I think of … Continue reading Counterpart Spotlight: Molina for Mayor 2021

Volunteer Spotlight: Tiara McCarty (A Woman Who Loves Cats) Talks about Pueblo Life

The Oíste Team recently corresponded with Tiara McCarty to get a taste of pueblo life in Piojó, Atlántico. Tell us a little about yourself. I’m 23 and from a farm in middle of nowhere Ohio. I studied International Relations and Mandarin at Wittenberg University, and spent a semester in wonderful Shanghai. I like cats. I like … Continue reading Volunteer Spotlight: Tiara McCarty (A Woman Who Loves Cats) Talks about Pueblo Life

Staff Spotlight: Jonathan Drewry, DPT in 3-D

By Shanna Crumley Peace Corps Colombia has seen a flurry of activity the past few months, with retirements, maternity leaves, site changes, incoming and outgoing volunteer groups and the holidays. But perhaps the busiest man has been Jonathan Drewry, the new Director of Programming and Training. Not only did he and his family pack up … Continue reading Staff Spotlight: Jonathan Drewry, DPT in 3-D

Displaced Volunteers: A Commitment to Service

By Sammy Quezada Arriving to Barranquilla was an overwhelming experience, so many lights, so many sounds, all the trees painted with various colors, an abundance of people that matched that of a metropolitan area back home, and music played everywhere. I wasn’t sure if this suited me, but having gone through Pre-service Training, and being … Continue reading Displaced Volunteers: A Commitment to Service

Relearning the Relearned: A Nerdy Outlook on Site Change

By Angela Lopez "Oh THAT'S how you mop the floor! Thank you so much!" In your head I bet you read that sarcastically, but I actually said that to my new host mom upon my arrival to my new house and site a few weeks ago, among the millions of other niceties: "Oh that's so … Continue reading Relearning the Relearned: A Nerdy Outlook on Site Change

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