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

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My Peace Corps Playlist

Mixie McConnell is a Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer serving in a pueblo in La Guajira, Colombia. -   The first and only time I have made a playlist was with my best friend in South Korea for our going away party. We had battled with feeling lonely and having too much free time, … Continue reading My Peace Corps Playlist

35k Bike Ride in Dibulla, La Guajira

Alexandra Chavarriaga is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in La Guajira, Colombia. - Title: 35k Bike Ride in Dibulla, La Guajira On my 30th birthday, I decided to take a bike ride for self-reflection. I’ve always found exercise to be therapeutic, even meditative, but I didn't expect such a random surprise. February 21st, … Continue reading 35k Bike Ride in Dibulla, La Guajira

Colombia’s Independence Day Celebration in Dibulla

Alexandra Chavarriaga is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in La Guajira, Colombia. -   My first Independence Day celebration in Colombia as a Colombian-American was on July 20th, 2017. I’ve performed at two Colombian Independence Day events in San Diego, California in the past with the dance group Algarabia Colombiana, along with other … Continue reading Colombia’s Independence Day Celebration in Dibulla

Questions

Cutter Ulhorn is a Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Magdalena, Colombia. -   My friends ask me questions. I have answers. “Profe, how old are you?” “Twenty six.” “Profe, how tall are you?” I still don't know how to explain my height in meters. I say six pies and … Continue reading Questions

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

Dibulla Pre-Carnavales – “Nueva Generación” Dance Youth

Ale with her group of Carnaval dancers

Alexandra lives in the department of La Guajira, as a Community Economic Development volunteer. -   I have been dancing with young ladies from my community since the very beginning of January. Once school started in early February, they stopped coming to my class because they had to prepare for their grade-specific Carnaval dance presentations at … Continue reading Dibulla Pre-Carnavales – “Nueva Generación” Dance Youth

La Vida Es Un Carnaval

by Barbara Alvarado In the coastal cities of Colombia, one of the world's largest spectacles of dance and cultural pageantry was in full swing this month. Carnaval! The four-day rumba, running from February 6th to the 9th, is a spectacular display of Colombian customs and colors that rivals any other festivity of its kind. During … Continue reading La Vida Es Un Carnaval