How to be costeño

Andrew with his family and softball team

Andrew Koch is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Magdalena, Colombia. -   “In the Peace Corps you will become a human being instead of a human doer” The above was one piece of advice I received from an RPCV right after I accepted the invite to serve. In my past … Continue reading How to be costeño

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How to GLOW

Camp GLOW is a global Peace Corps initiative. GLOW stands for Girls Leading Our World. In Colombia, teenage girls at schools across the coast apply to have the chance to attend an overnight camp - for many, their first nights away from home alone - to learn about leadership, self-esteem, professionalism, and more. We asked … Continue reading How to GLOW

How to Dress Professional, Fashionable, AND Comfortable on the Colombian Coast

Alexandra Tracy Chavarriaga is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in a pueblo in La Guajira, Colombia. -   There is no doubt that the first piece of important information a Peace Corps Colombia volunteer will tell potential trainees is that the Colombian Coast is HOT HOT HOT. I still remember the video of … Continue reading How to Dress Professional, Fashionable, AND Comfortable on the Colombian Coast

How to Use World Wise Schools In Your Classroom

Michelle and Lena with Colombian students

Michelle DiIeso is a Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Bólivar, Colombia. -   Think about what type of program you want and what resources you have available.   Sign up! (https://www.peacecorps.gov/educators/ for educators, PC Live for volunteers) Get matched and get going! Originally, World Wise Schools (WWS) was created … Continue reading How to Use World Wise Schools In Your Classroom

How To Bring Eco-Tourism to a Site

Sam Shroder is a Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Bólivar, Colombia. -   There had been many ideas about what tourism in my site would look like, but what it seemed to shape into was this: a simple and realistic view of life in a town on the coast. … Continue reading How To Bring Eco-Tourism to a Site

How Not to Lose a Guy (or Girl) in 27 Months

Natalie Green is a Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Atlántico, Colombia. -   Before joining the Peace Corps I made the very unconventional decision to get married. We hadn’t been dating for that long before I got my invitation for service, but I knew that I didn’t want to … Continue reading How Not to Lose a Guy (or Girl) in 27 Months

How to Live Forever

mountains and running asphalt

Cutter Ulhorn is a Practical English for Success Volunteer serving in a pueblo in La Guajira, Colombia. -   Wake up. Pray. Go to school. Greet the portero. Greet the seños. Greet your counterpart. Unlock the classroom door. Start your class. Teach a dynamic activity. In the course of your lessons, you will be asked … Continue reading How to Live Forever

How to Promote Peace with Photography

Carrie Shoultz is a Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Atlántico, Colombia. Alyssa Galik is a a Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Bólivar, Colombia. -   In early July, a dozen Colombian students joined with six American students visiting Colombia for the first time to … Continue reading How to Promote Peace with Photography

Cacao Process

Kyle King is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in a pueblo in La Guajira, Colombia. -   I’ve had the distinct honor of working with APOMD (Asociación de Productores Orgánicos del Municipio de Dibulla), the association I’ve worked closely with during my service here in La Guajira, Colombia. They are an association of … Continue reading Cacao Process

How I Regained My Lost Confidence

Angelica before and after

Angelica is a Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Magdalena, Colombia. -        Ask yourself what has changed? What do you think caused yourself to feel this way?      Do the research. What have other people done with similar problems?      Try until something works. For me, I noticed that my self-confidence took … Continue reading How I Regained My Lost Confidence

Buen Provecho: Vegetable Ramen and Green Juice

Alyssa's recipes

Alyssa is a Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer serving in a town in Bólivar, Colombia. - Main course I really, really, really, miss Asian food while I’m in Colombia. I can usually find a good burger or decent Mexican food every now and then, but actual Asian food is basically nonexistent on the coast. … Continue reading Buen Provecho: Vegetable Ramen and Green Juice

VAC Mini-Grant Recipients

VAC Project pictures

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, VAC's fundraising efforts have enabled us to … Continue reading VAC Mini-Grant Recipients