VAC Minigrant Spotlight

Nakita Naik is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Bolívar, Colombia - Peace Corps Colombia’s Volunteer Advisory Council (VAC) offers a mini-grant worth 50 thousand Colombian Pesos (~15 USD) each month to which any Volunteer can apply to support a project. September’s winning applicant was CED volunteer Nakita Naik. Her … Continue reading VAC Minigrant Spotlight

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A Healthy Body for the Right Mind

Gabe Levy is a Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Bolívar, Colombia. - Having just passed the one-year marker in country, I am familiar with the habits that keep me in the right frame of mind. I think most volunteers can agree that a good book, a long night of … Continue reading A Healthy Body for the Right Mind

Serendipitous Self-Care

Chaney Skadsen is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Bolívar, Colombia. - We’re all in the same boat here: foreigners in a new pueblo, around new people trying to do a job much bigger than ourselves. Some of our boats have motors, seats, and roofs. Some have bongeros and room … Continue reading Serendipitous Self-Care

Integration Through a Shared Love

Isaac Ehlers is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Bolívar, Colombia. - I remember being in first grade, eager to get to school early so I could spend time with my first love.  It was the beginning of a budding relationship that would influence the rest of my life. As I … Continue reading Integration Through a Shared Love

Family and Friends

Nakita Naik is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Bolívar, Colombia. -   The Peace Corps has three overarching objectives:  Helping the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women  Helping promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the people served Helping … Continue reading Family and Friends

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 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

Grateful for Jo Anne

Michelle and Jo Anne with mural

When asked what I am thankful about in my service, one of my first thoughts goes to my site mate, whom I was lucky enough to overlap with for five months. Jo Anne Cohn is a whirlwind of energy, friendliness, and positivity. She introduced me to San Jacinto and many amazing people and friends in … Continue reading Grateful for Jo Anne

Never Going Home: Margarita Sorock

by Christopher Gordon This is our fourth installment of the "Never Going Home" series that highlights Peace Corps volunteers who have served in Colombia and decided to make it their home. "Turning Points," was written by Peace Corps Colombia volunteer Margarita Sorock, who began her service in 1964. Turning Points The turning point in my … Continue reading Never Going Home: Margarita Sorock

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

Counterpart Spotlight: Eika de la Rosa Meza

by Alex Reed I first met Eika in November 2014. It was my first time attending a community meeting. I remember sitting in amazement as a young, feisty, passionate, under 5' tall girl was rapid firing her suggestions to the leaders of the community. I soon found out that Eika de la Rosa Meza WAS a … Continue reading Counterpart Spotlight: Eika de la Rosa Meza

Never Going Home

By Caleb Reed Since there are quite a number of PC Colombia volunteers who have decided to return to Colombia or who have stayed after their service, Oíste was interested in finding out why. Is it the natural beauty and diversity? Is it the sweltering heat and mosquitos? Is it for the love of a … Continue reading Never Going Home

VAC Mini-Grants

By Aara Johnson In May, the Volunteer Action Committee (VAC) had enough money to fund five projects. Unfortunately, one will not happen, so the funds will be returned to the VAC. The VAC sincerely thanks all PCVs and staff for supporting volunteer projects by patronizing the VAC Tienda and purchasing patches and stickers. What follows … Continue reading VAC Mini-Grants

“Social” Work

By Caleb and Alex Reed The first few months at site can be tough, everybody knows that. New community, new routines, less contact with the outside world, heck, less food and water! One of the things that was particularly challenging for us was the shocking transition between the rigid schedule of training and the sudden … Continue reading “Social” Work