How to GLOW

Camp GLOW is a global Peace Corps initiative. GLOW stands for Girls Leading Our World. In Colombia, teenage girls at schools across the coast apply to have the chance to attend an overnight camp - for many, their first nights away from home alone - to learn about leadership, self-esteem, professionalism, and more. We asked … Continue reading How to GLOW

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How to Use World Wise Schools In Your Classroom

Michelle and Lena with Colombian students

Michelle DiIeso is a Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Bólivar, Colombia. -   Think about what type of program you want and what resources you have available.   Sign up! (https://www.peacecorps.gov/educators/ for educators, PC Live for volunteers) Get matched and get going! Originally, World Wise Schools (WWS) was created … Continue reading How to Use World Wise Schools In Your Classroom

How To Bring Eco-Tourism to a Site

Sam Shroder is a Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Bólivar, Colombia. -   There had been many ideas about what tourism in my site would look like, but what it seemed to shape into was this: a simple and realistic view of life in a town on the coast. … Continue reading How To Bring Eco-Tourism to a Site

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

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

VAC Mini-Grant Recipients

VAC Project pictures

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 Recipients

VAC Mini-grant Recipients

For those of you that don't know, 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, … Continue reading VAC Mini-grant Recipients

Manzanillo del Mar Photo Camp

Pictures from the photo camp

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

VAC Mini-Grant Program

Pictures from our VAC grant winners

For those of you that don't know, 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, … Continue reading VAC Mini-Grant Program

Ten-Go CED Wrap-Up

CII-7 group photo

On November 2, 2015, 10 Peace Corps Response Volunteers arrived in Colombia. We had 11 months to pilot the nascent Community and Economic Development (CED) program. We represented many years of accumulated experience in varied environments, with several recent Peace Corps volunteers and several who had been volunteers many years ago. Many had multiple other … Continue reading Ten-Go CED Wrap-Up

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

My Final Act

by Erick Uribe Saco Limpio, Saco Lindo is the SPA grant-funded community project that I’ve devoted myself to over the past nine months. My primary counterparts throughout this process have been the staff of Fundación Saco Recicla, a non-profit organization that handles the entire pueblo’s waste management system. To properly understand the goals of this … Continue reading My Final Act

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