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

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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

Words of Encouragement for Volunteers

by Cydronia Valdez “Never doubt that a small group of people can change the world, indeed it’s the only thing that has”. Margaret Mead Yo vengo de todas partes, Hacia todas partes voy. Arte soy entre los artes, En los montes, monte soy. Con los pobres de la tierra, Quiero mi suerte echar. El arroyo … Continue reading Words of Encouragement for Volunteers

The Best of Campo de La Cruz

By Jimmy Everett It is no secret that I love my pueblo that the people here so lovingly call “Campo lindo Campito”, and now it’s my chance to explain why you should love it too (and come visit!). Fine Dining Whether you are looking for ice cream or Chinese food, salchipapas or milkshakes, Campo is … Continue reading The Best of Campo de La Cruz

From the Cornfields to the Coast; Volunteer Spotlight-Michael Owen

By Jessi Atha When Oíste asked me to write a volunteer spotlight on Michael Owen, I figured I wouldn’t even have to interview him. The man is so open and outgoing, not to mention I thought I knew all there was to know about him, since he is my site mate. I realized there is … Continue reading From the Cornfields to the Coast; Volunteer Spotlight-Michael Owen

Never Going Home: Alexis Huth

By Caitlin Webb Alexis Huth was a CII-5 volunteer in Santa Marta whose service was cut short against her will due to security issues. Despite the setback, Lexi served and continues to serve her community with thoughtfulness, creativity, and an open heart and mind. What were some positive and negative aspects of your Peace Corps … Continue reading Never Going Home: Alexis Huth

An Introduction to C-II-7 and Community Economic Development Project

by Christopher Fay My name is Christopher Fay (RPCV Nicaragua 2008-10) and I want to introduce C-II-7 and our project.  We are the first group of Community Economic Development (CED) specialists in Colombia. We are all RPCVs from Thailand, Nicaragua, Colombia, Peru, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Burundi, Ukraine, and Ecuador. We all served … Continue reading An Introduction to C-II-7 and Community Economic Development Project

ACCESS to English and Other Fun, Random Activities

by Casey Keating I applied to help with an English immersion camp not really knowing anything about it other than that the flyer contained the word, “camp.” Really, that was all I needed to know. I love camping!  It turned out I would be helping with one of YMCA Colombia’s Camp ACCESS English immersion programs … Continue reading ACCESS to English and Other Fun, Random Activities

Counterpart Spotlight: Eika de la Rosa Meza

by Alex Reed I first met Eika in November 2014. It was my first time attending a community meeting. I remember sitting in amazement as a young, feisty, passionate, under 5' tall girl was rapid firing her suggestions to the leaders of the community. I soon found out that Eika de la Rosa Meza WAS a … Continue reading Counterpart Spotlight: Eika de la Rosa Meza

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

It’s Time to Meet the New Jefe

by Kathleen Rodriguez She’s finally here. Everyone has been waiting anxiously for the chance to meet her to find out: who is it that sits behind the country director’s desk? The Oíste team was happy to have the opportunity to speak with Geralyn Sheehan, Peace Corps Colombia’s new Country Director. Geralyn has a career background … Continue reading It’s Time to Meet the New Jefe

Photo Essay: Partial Tour of Antioquia

by Sammy Quezada During this holiday break I had the opportunity to visit several cities in the department of Antioquia. Medellín served as the launching point to Jardín and Jericó, both of which are in southwest Antioquia. From there, I traveled North to Santa Fe de Antioquia, which was an early colonial city, the original … Continue reading Photo Essay: Partial Tour of Antioquia