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
Brianna Thompson is a Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Atlántico, Colombia. Early on in every Peace Corps Volunteer’s service, they become very aware of threats to mental health. The topic is touched on during Pre-Service Training by both medical staff and Peace Corps Volunteer Leaders; all trainees discuss … Continue reading Clearing the Fog of Negativity
Alyssa lives in a vereda (incorporated community) of Cartagena in the department of Bolivar, as a Practical English for Success volunteer. - A few months ago, I did a photo camp with some of my students. The purpose of the camp was to allow students (ages 7-13) to express themselves artistically while also learning … Continue reading Manzanillo del Mar Photo Camp
by Christopher Gordon Over Semana Santa, Barbara and I went to Bogota for a few days. One of my favorite parts of the trip was the Bogota graffiti tour. We were taken on a walking tour of the barrio Candelaria, where we were staying. Over the course of the two-hour tour our guide explained all … Continue reading Bogota Graffiti Tour
By Sarah Shaw Drawing scenes from my daily life in Colombia has given me the opportunity to really observe my surroundings, slow down and reflect. A few weeks ago, I ventured to Salento, a small town in Colombia's Coffee Triangle. Surrounded by lush vegetation, patterned houses, and sprawling mountains, I knew this environment would inspire … Continue reading Illustrating Salento
By Rick Grijalva Drawing makes me take things slow, focus and calm down into a relaxing zone where time no longer matters.
by Sarah Shaw