Lida

Kaleb Rogers is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Atlántico, Colombia. -   Abstaining from meat can be awkward in social situations. One tends to field a spate of questions upon denying a seared slab of steak or a plate of fried fish: “Why don’t you eat meat?” “Is it … Continue reading Lida

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Get in the Game

Rebecca Nash is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Bolívar, Colombia. -   Today was hot. ...Just like every other day here. I left the house with my red bag filled with school supplies and tubes of paper sticking out, knocking against my head to the beat of my lazy … Continue reading Get in the Game

MC and Me

Maya Sadagopal is a Communuty Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Sucre, Colombia. -   My first five months of service failed to deliver the heady fulfillment and impact promised by Peace Corps’s social media presence. It was difficult, lonely, and disappointingly unproductive. After repeatedly failing to make meaningful connections at the … Continue reading MC and Me

It Ain’t Much, But It’s Honest Work

Alex Wagner is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in a pueblo in La Guajira, Colombia. I don’t have much experience with home-made slingshots, but this one seems to be coming together quite nicely. After finding a sturdy Y-shaped branch and whittling it down to fit in the hand, we tie on stretchy plastic tubes … Continue reading It Ain’t Much, But It’s Honest Work

Pueblo Bus

Eric Brown is a Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Atlántico, Colombia. dogs barking sweat beading vallenato blaring bus speeding traffic inching roads curving motos zipping drivers swerving halt, go stop, start whiplashed neck pounding heart fingers tapping WhatsApp dinging vendors selling musicians singing purses clutched boxes piled clothes adjusted … Continue reading Pueblo Bus

The Bus

Kaleb Rogers is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Atlántico, Colombia. A lot of Peace Corps volunteers savor going to the head office in Barranquilla. They savor the opportunity to spend a night out of site. They savor (literally) the chance to eat non-pueblo food. They savor seeing friends, being … Continue reading The Bus

Dead Mouse Fan

Jane Haines is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Atlántico, Colombia. It's two o’clock in the morning when a loud clanging jerks me awake. Robbery? No, my neighborhood is safe; the noise came from inside my room. Did something fall? I turn on my light to see everything in place, … Continue reading Dead Mouse Fan

Felicidad

Claire Nutter is a Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Atlántico, Colombia. Happy moments during service with the Peace Corps can be like rain during the dry season here on the coast of Colombia: desperately needed and can sometimes not happen for weeks on end. I’ll be honest, I was … Continue reading Felicidad

Piglets and Crayola

Caitlyn Davis is a Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Bolívar, Colombia. My Peace Corps experience has not been easy for me. I’ve had more than one major slump during my service and I often wonder what I’m doing here. The first two months at site were particularly ROUGH – … Continue reading Piglets and Crayola

The Normal

Andrew Torro is a Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Atlántico, Colombia. Throughout the first 10 months of my service, I have have been working alongside the administration of Escuela Normal Superior de Manatí. Throughout my time there, I have been getting to know my counterparts better as well as … Continue reading The Normal

Little Friends, Little Moments, Big Gratitude

Edith Duggan is a Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Sucre, Colombia. In a world where everything is big, some of the best things come little. One of the greatest things that has inspired me and made me happy in Colombia is actually something small. Most of the laughs, Spanish … Continue reading Little Friends, Little Moments, Big Gratitude

Screams Internally

Kellie Mahoney is a Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Atlántico, Colombia - When I applied for the Peace Corps I knew that it entailed future failures. Whether I liked it or not, it would  happen. I knew that I would be stressed, have my patience tested, face work challenges, … Continue reading Screams Internally

Failing with Friends

Maya Sadagopal is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Sucre, Colombia - I’m sitting in a classroom surrounded by the rubble of a school day in coastal Colombia; candy wrappers, empty plastic water bags, and crumpled paper litter the floor. The primary students have just left, and those pelaos never … Continue reading Failing with Friends