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

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Los Fracasos

Claire Nutter is a Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Atlántico, Colombia - I have always had an interesting relationship with the word “fail.” What does it mean to really fail? Is it when  you try something with good intentions, and it doesn’t work out? Or is it when you … Continue reading Los Fracasos

What is Weak?

Kaleb Rogers is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Atlántico, Colombia - It’s October 25th, 2017. I’m sitting in a rare oasis of air conditioning in the coordinators’ office at my local high school, excited to co-plan a new entrepreneurship curriculum. It’s tightly packed, maybe 60 square ft. The two … Continue reading What is Weak?

Lentils with Chicken

Thomas Russell is a Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Atlántico, Colombia - This is what kept me going in my first few months at site. Schedules change, counterparts change, space and time actually changes, but these lentils stay the same. They’re perfectly good without the meat; in fact, that … Continue reading Lentils with Chicken

Committing to Failure

Jane Haines is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Atlántico, Colombia - At the end of September, 2018, a new group of community economic development trainees reached the end of their training period. Language? Check. Practicum project? Check. Site visits? Check. One million tiny Styrofoam cups of coffee? Check. During … Continue reading Committing to Failure

I’m Going Through Some Changes

Kaleb Rogers is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in Atlántico, Colombia. -   I’m sitting on the bus with my headphones in, pushing just enough air past my vocal chords to feel the sensation of singing without actually producing words. It’s not that it matters; nobody on this ostentatiously decorated death machine would … Continue reading I’m Going Through Some Changes

Woven Words

Yosili Amador is a Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Atlántico, Colombia. - Ay mi Colombia hermosa! Mi dulce pesadilla. Every day te vivo pero sometimes your heat, la soledad, and the abundance of “cojela suave,” drive me a little bit to the edge. Es que sometimes I don’t know what … Continue reading Woven Words

Thyme and Again

Belen Castillo is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Atlántico, Colombia. - When I first started looking at different Peace Corps posts, I definitely did some eliminating based on whether I thought I would like the traditional food in that country. I am an adventurous person, but not when it … Continue reading Thyme and Again

Book Colored Lenses

Kaleb Rogers is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in Atlántico, Colombia. -   People talk a lot about self-care in the Peace Corps, doing things that keep you happy, keep you sane. At times, the Peace Corps can be challenging, depressing, even boring. The evaporating enthusiasm of a once highly motivated counterpart or … Continue reading Book Colored Lenses

Sancocho: A Recipe for Community Building

- Sybelle VanAntwerp and Ivette Aguilar are Community Economic Development (CED) volunteers serving in pueblos in Sucre, Colombia and Magdalena, Colombia, respectively. The original version of this article was a speech for the CII-11 swearing-in ceremony, delivered in Spanish by Ivette Aguilar. It was developed based on common experiences and input from the cohort during … Continue reading Sancocho: A Recipe for Community Building

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

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

My Final Act

by Erick Uribe Saco Limpio, Saco Lindo is the SPA grant-funded community project that I’ve devoted myself to over the past nine months. My primary counterparts throughout this process have been the staff of Fundación Saco Recicla, a non-profit organization that handles the entire pueblo’s waste management system. To properly understand the goals of this … Continue reading My Final Act