A Love Letter to my Local Mall

Maya Sadagopal is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Sucre, Colombia. They say you always want what you can’t have. Though we frequently apply this adage to stories of unrequited love, I’ve found it describes all aspects of life. We wish for the warmth of the sun in the dead … Continue reading A Love Letter to my Local Mall

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How Not to Lose a Guy (or Girl) in 27 Months

Natalie Green is a Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Atlántico, Colombia. -   Before joining the Peace Corps I made the very unconventional decision to get married. We hadn’t been dating for that long before I got my invitation for service, but I knew that I didn’t want to … Continue reading How Not to Lose a Guy (or Girl) in 27 Months

Life As a Queer Volunteer

José is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Atlántico, Colombia. -   Before coming to Colombia, I didn’t think I would have much culture shock. After all, I’m of Latino origins, I speak Spanish at home, and I’ve lived in Mexico and Chile. However, I was wrong.  The move came with … Continue reading Life As a Queer Volunteer

Tindering the Night Away

By Kathryn Tucker Let me preface this article by saying that I spent most of 2012-2014 in a remote village in Uganda during my first Peace Corps assignment. My dating prospects were rather…nonexistent. Fast-forward a few months, and one Peace Corps Response Application later. I’m settling into the bustling city of Cartagena, solterita and twenty-something … Continue reading Tindering the Night Away

Keep Sex out of the House

By Regina Ernst “Where is everyone having sex?” Upon arrival to Colombia, the reality of living with a host-family set in, and with all the lack of privacy, the doors of the house flung wide open day and night, I wondered if this would force a two-year season of celibacy. At the same time, I knew all these … Continue reading Keep Sex out of the House