Counterpart Spotlight: Nancy Elena Granados Barceló

by Barbara Alvarado Nancy Granados is your modern day Super Woman. She is a full-time mother; her son Carlos Mauricio is fifteen and Juan David is twelve. She’s also a wife, a full time teacher at Colegio Mayor de Barranquilla y el Caribe, and she's also my counterpart. I sat down with Mrs. Granados to … Continue reading Counterpart Spotlight: Nancy Elena Granados Barceló


Volunteer Spotlight: Casey Keating

by Christopher Gordon Casey Keating is a dedicated volunteer who is enthusiastic about her community, host family, and volunteer service projects. She has continued the work of CII-3 volunteer Taylor Ramsey by working alongside the Wiwa community in both English and community projects. She has volunteered in a number of camps, and is always there … Continue reading Volunteer Spotlight: Casey Keating

Never Going Home: Peter Macala

by Stacy Johnson Peter Macala, a former CII-4 volunteer, has been continuing his work in Colombia as an English teacher, but this time he’s working in a very well recognized bilingual school in Barranquilla.  When I asked him if he felt a major difference in working in a private school versus public school, his response … Continue reading Never Going Home: Peter Macala

FICCI Movie Reviews

Letters from War by Christopher Gordon On the weekend of March 4th, I met some volunteers in Cartagena for FICCI: Festival Internacional Cine Colombia de Indias. The first movie of the weekend that we watched was Cartas da Guerra, a 2016 Portuguese film directed by Ivo M. Ferreira. Shot in black-and-white, the film details the … Continue reading FICCI Movie Reviews

A Commitment to Service

by Carrie Shoultz One of the final acts of pre-service training was to present a commitment to service. We were told we could present it in any manner we chose – poems, letters, songs etc. I am not the most creative person; actually I’ve never had an original thought in my life. I didn’t know … Continue reading A Commitment to Service

VAC Mini-Grant Recipients

by Erick Uribe The VAC (Volunteer Advisory Committee) has been awarding $50,000 (COP) mini-grants to Peace Corps Colombia volunteers on a monthly basis since November 2015. Since then, we have awarded six mini-grants, for a total of $300,000 (COP). However modest, these funds provide Volunteers with a streamlined method for financing small projects within their … Continue reading VAC Mini-Grant Recipients

CII-8: Commitment to Service Statements

by Brianna Thompson There were countless times during my cohort's pre-service training where I thought, "I am so lucky to be in the presence of these people," but never so much as during our Commitment to Service ceremony.  Our Commitment to Service was a private ceremony (meaning only the Peace Corps trainees, the volunteer leader, … Continue reading CII-8: Commitment to Service Statements