A Sad but Beautiful Story

Yoga at la Quinta

Barbara lives in Santa Marta, in the department of Magdalena, as a Practical English for Success volunteer. -   I wasn’t going to write this. I thought I’d just let you guys tell your stories and sit back and read. But you know how sometimes, something compels you to write a phrase, an email, a … Continue reading A Sad but Beautiful Story


The Rural Life

The landscape of Guandolo

Angell lives in a pueblo in the department of Magdalena, as a Practical English for Success volunteer. -   I live in a village with two names. Officially, it is called Paz del Caribe, but it is most commonly referred to as Guandolo. A day in my life in sunny Guandolo can go something like … Continue reading The Rural Life

Community Economic Development in Polonuevo

A welcome sign at Jose's site

José  lives in the department of Atlántico, as a Community Economic Development volunteer. -   I feel fortunate that I’m part of the pilot group for CED. All sites are unique; I think what makes mine special is that my youth are so well organized and motivated, which makes my job so much easier. Just … Continue reading Community Economic Development in Polonuevo

Manzanillo del Mar Photo Camp

Pictures from the photo camp

Alyssa lives in a vereda (incorporated community) of Cartagena in the department of Bolivar, as a Practical English for Success volunteer. -   A few months ago, I did a photo camp with some of my students. The purpose of the camp was to allow students (ages 7-13) to express themselves artistically while also learning … Continue reading Manzanillo del Mar Photo Camp

Dibulla Pre-Carnavales – “Nueva Generación” Dance Youth

Ale with her group of Carnaval dancers

Alexandra lives in the department of La Guajira, as a Community Economic Development volunteer. -   I have been dancing with young ladies from my community since the very beginning of January. Once school started in early February, they stopped coming to my class because they had to prepare for their grade-specific Carnaval dance presentations at … Continue reading Dibulla Pre-Carnavales – “Nueva Generación” Dance Youth

Buen provecho: Miami-style Black Beans

Miami-style black beans

Dezi Abreu lives in the department of Bolívar, as a Community Economic Development volunteer promoting financial literacy and entrepreneurial skills.  -    This is a recipe that is a staple for my diet, because I can make a large batch and pop individual portions in the freezer as I need them. Being raised in Miami, … Continue reading Buen provecho: Miami-style Black Beans

Staff Spotlight: Country Director Geralyn Sheehan

Country Director Geralyn Sheehan and daughter

Oíste's copyeditor Barbara Lewton Beach recently interviewed our Country Director, Geralyn Sheehan. -   Geralyn loves her job. “How fun is this?” she said, back in February when I had the opportunity to interview Geralyn Sheehan our Country Director in Peace Corps Colombia.  She comes through with her unbridled enthusiasm for her job, her love … Continue reading Staff Spotlight: Country Director Geralyn Sheehan

VAC Mini-Grant Program

Pictures from our VAC grant winners

For those of you that don't know, the VAC Mini-Grant program is intended to support volunteers' community initiatives by providing a streamlined source of small cash grants. However modest, PCVs have come to rely on the $50,000 COP (equal to approximately $17 USD) grants as a consistent and reliable crowd-funded financial resource. Since January 2016, … Continue reading VAC Mini-Grant Program