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

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A Commitment to Service

by Carrie Shoultz One of the final acts of pre-service training was to present a commitment to service. We were told we could present it in any manner we chose – poems, letters, songs etc. I am not the most creative person; actually I’ve never had an original thought in my life. I didn’t know … Continue reading A Commitment to Service

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

Photo Essay: Partial Tour of Antioquia

by Sammy Quezada During this holiday break I had the opportunity to visit several cities in the department of Antioquia. Medellín served as the launching point to Jardín and Jericó, both of which are in southwest Antioquia. From there, I traveled North to Santa Fe de Antioquia, which was an early colonial city, the original … Continue reading Photo Essay: Partial Tour of Antioquia

Now and Then: 25 Years Of Peace Corps Colombia

By Kathleen Rodriguez and Barbara Alvarado This year is remarkable in that it marks the 25th anniversary of Peace Corps in Colombia (1961-1981 and 2010-present).  Peace Corps volunteers who were first here in the 1960's will tell you that a lot has changed.  Big malls, movie theaters and traffic replace once open fields of grass and … Continue reading Now and Then: 25 Years Of Peace Corps Colombia

High School Photography Camps in La Boquilla and Manzanillo del Mar

By Sarah Shaw This past month, my Peace Corps neighbor, Francis Ramos, and I led two photo camps at our sites, encouraging groups of 15 motivated students to reflect on two important themes: family roots and the meaning of hope. Francis and I both live north of Cartagena; she lives in Manzanillo del Mar, a … Continue reading High School Photography Camps in La Boquilla and Manzanillo del Mar