A Message For Musicians

Hannah Everett is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in Magdalena, Colombia. -   “DO. RE. MI. FA. SOL. LA. SI.” The seven musical syllables of a solfège spelled out in sing-song Spanish. That’s what he told me they were, anyways. I told him I couldn’t possibly work with those chords, that those were … Continue reading A Message For Musicians

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Fiddler’s Stage

Rebecca Nash is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in Magdalena, Colombia. -   Since I can remember, I’ve been a singer. I’ve sung in choirs, in quartets and ensembles. I’ve won scholarships, attended a private arts school, and even randomly sang Christmas carols one time with the woman who performed as Rafiki on … Continue reading Fiddler’s Stage

Arrival

Sybelle VanAntwerp is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in Magdalena, Colombia. - Just get to your community, I tell myself. First quietly, inside my head. Yet as I continue my morning tasks, time seems to melt around me, becoming viscous. I wear it around my neck. My heart quickens. I say it again … Continue reading Arrival

Resiliency in the Pueblo

Angelica Richardson is a Returned Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer who served in a pueblo in Magdalena, Colombia. - Resiliency in the pueblo Throughout my service, I’ve had difficult moments like other volunteers. I found myself struggling to cope because I did not have the available coping options as I did in the States. … Continue reading Resiliency in the Pueblo

Strong Friendships

Angelica Richardson is a Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Magdalena, Colombia. - To me, friendship is pure happiness that is rooted in mutual respect and admiration.  Every time I look at pictures that have me with Nazly or Claudia, I see those things. These are the two women that … Continue reading Strong Friendships

Friends and Family

Audrey White is a Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Magdalena, Colombia. - Friends are people who invite you to the river at the last minute. They tease you knowing you take things too literally and laugh with you when you finally figure it out. They invite you over and … Continue reading Friends and Family

VAC Mini Grant

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

An Expression of Gratitude for Peace Corps Soulmates

Jacquie Sarkisian is a Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Magdalena, Colombia. - Throughout my life, having lived in different countries since I was 11 years old, I have been fortunate enough to have encountered many friendships along the way. This is dedicated to two friends I made during my … Continue reading An Expression of Gratitude for Peace Corps Soulmates

In Good Company

Matt Plaus is a Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Magdalena, Colombia. - “Andaaaa! OK, otra vez. Profe, como así. Gud aftirnoone.” “Much better. Really, you’re getting so much better. Are you sure you weren’t born in the United States? You must of have spent some time there.” “Yo deseo, … Continue reading In Good Company

A Sad but Beautiful Story

Yoga at la Quinta

Barbara lives in Santa Marta, in the department of Magdalena, as a Practical English for Success volunteer. -   I wasn’t going to write this. I thought I’d just let you guys tell your stories and sit back and read. But you know how sometimes, something compels you to write a phrase, an email, a … Continue reading A Sad but Beautiful Story

VAC Mini-Grant Program

Photos showcasing projects

As CII-6 prepares to end our service, we have also transferred fundraising efforts and Mini-Grant distribution responsibilities to the CII-8 VAC (Volunteer Advisory Council) representatives: Trevor Johnson and Helena Vonk. We've been thrilled to see how the Mini-Grant program has grown over the past year and have especially enjoyed seeing the projects that have benefited … Continue reading VAC Mini-Grant Program

Camp GLOW 2016

by Jessi Atha After 9 months of planning, Camp GLOW (Girls Leading Our World) came and went in a blink of an eye. On June 27th, twenty-eight participants, eight Peace Corps counselors, four Peace Corps directors, one Colombian director and 6 junior counselors arrived in Minca for a week of self-discovery, fun, and laughter. On … Continue reading Camp GLOW 2016

Volunteer Spotlight: Casey Keating

by Christopher Gordon Casey Keating is a dedicated volunteer who is enthusiastic about her community, host family, and volunteer service projects. She has continued the work of CII-3 volunteer Taylor Ramsey by working alongside the Wiwa community in both English and community projects. She has volunteered in a number of camps, and is always there … Continue reading Volunteer Spotlight: Casey Keating