It Ain’t Much, But It’s Honest Work

Alex Wagner is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in a pueblo in La Guajira, Colombia. I don’t have much experience with home-made slingshots, but this one seems to be coming together quite nicely. After finding a sturdy Y-shaped branch and whittling it down to fit in the hand, we tie on stretchy plastic tubes … Continue reading It Ain’t Much, But It’s Honest Work

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Cards

Samantha Granger is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Magdalena, Colombia. I try not to brag too much, but I have a fantastic family. They are insanely fun, and love me unconditionally (not an easy task). I wouldn’t trade them for the world. When I made the decision to move … Continue reading Cards

Dead Mouse Fan

Jane Haines is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Atlántico, Colombia. It's two o’clock in the morning when a loud clanging jerks me awake. Robbery? No, my neighborhood is safe; the noise came from inside my room. Did something fall? I turn on my light to see everything in place, … Continue reading Dead Mouse Fan

Felicidad

Claire Nutter is a Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Atlántico, Colombia. Happy moments during service with the Peace Corps can be like rain during the dry season here on the coast of Colombia: desperately needed and can sometimes not happen for weeks on end. I’ll be honest, I was … Continue reading Felicidad

Piglets and Crayola

Caitlyn Davis is a Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Bolívar, Colombia. My Peace Corps experience has not been easy for me. I’ve had more than one major slump during my service and I often wonder what I’m doing here. The first two months at site were particularly ROUGH – … Continue reading Piglets and Crayola

The Normal

Andrew Torro is a Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Atlántico, Colombia. Throughout the first 10 months of my service, I have have been working alongside the administration of Escuela Normal Superior de Manatí. Throughout my time there, I have been getting to know my counterparts better as well as … Continue reading The Normal

Little Friends, Little Moments, Big Gratitude

Edith Duggan is a Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Sucre, Colombia. In a world where everything is big, some of the best things come little. One of the greatest things that has inspired me and made me happy in Colombia is actually something small. Most of the laughs, Spanish … Continue reading Little Friends, Little Moments, Big Gratitude

Screams Internally

Kellie Mahoney is a Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Atlántico, Colombia - When I applied for the Peace Corps I knew that it entailed future failures. Whether I liked it or not, it would  happen. I knew that I would be stressed, have my patience tested, face work challenges, … Continue reading Screams Internally

Failing with Friends

Maya Sadagopal is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Sucre, Colombia - I’m sitting in a classroom surrounded by the rubble of a school day in coastal Colombia; candy wrappers, empty plastic water bags, and crumpled paper litter the floor. The primary students have just left, and those pelaos never … Continue reading Failing with Friends

What is Weak?

Kaleb Rogers is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Atlántico, Colombia - It’s October 25th, 2017. I’m sitting in a rare oasis of air conditioning in the coordinators’ office at my local high school, excited to co-plan a new entrepreneurship curriculum. It’s tightly packed, maybe 60 square ft. The two … Continue reading What is Weak?

Committing to Failure

Jane Haines is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Atlántico, Colombia - At the end of September, 2018, a new group of community economic development trainees reached the end of their training period. Language? Check. Practicum project? Check. Site visits? Check. One million tiny Styrofoam cups of coffee? Check. Check. … Continue reading Committing to Failure

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

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

I’m Going Through Some Changes

Kaleb Rogers is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in Atlántico, Colombia. -   I’m sitting on the bus with my headphones in, pushing just enough air past my vocal chords to feel the sensation of singing without actually producing words. It’s not that it matters; nobody on this ostentatiously decorated death machine would … Continue reading I’m Going Through Some Changes