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

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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. During … 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

Texas: A Fiction

Cutter Ulhorn is a Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer serving in a pueblo in La Guajira, Colombia. -   Mirah – Lonestar Texas bleeds in and out. They do not tell you this when you are born. There is no talk when you are growing up, just on the verge of discovering yourself through … Continue reading Texas: A Fiction

Arrival

Sybelle VanAntwerp is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in Magdalena, Colombia. - Just get to your community, I tell myself. First quietly, inside my head. Yet as I continue my morning tasks, time seems to melt around me, becoming viscous. I wear it around my neck. My heart quickens. I say it again … Continue reading Arrival

Woven Words

Yosili Amador is a Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Atlántico, Colombia. - Ay mi Colombia hermosa! Mi dulce pesadilla. Every day te vivo pero sometimes your heat, la soledad, and the abundance of “cojela suave,” drive me a little bit to the edge. Es que sometimes I don’t know what … Continue reading Woven Words

35k Bike Ride in Dibulla, La Guajira

Alexandra Chavarriaga is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in La Guajira, Colombia. - Title: 35k Bike Ride in Dibulla, La Guajira On my 30th birthday, I decided to take a bike ride for self-reflection. I’ve always found exercise to be therapeutic, even meditative, but I didn't expect such a random surprise. February 21st, … Continue reading 35k Bike Ride in Dibulla, La Guajira

A Healthy Body for the Right Mind

Gabe Levy is a Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Bolívar, Colombia. - Having just passed the one-year marker in country, I am familiar with the habits that keep me in the right frame of mind. I think most volunteers can agree that a good book, a long night of … Continue reading A Healthy Body for the Right Mind

The Kids Are Alright

Paul LaMancusa Jr. is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Bolívar, Colombia. - The kids don’t care if you didn’t leave your house that day. The kids don’t care that nobody showed up to your class. The kids don’t care that you’ve had a bad week serving in Peace Corps. … Continue reading The Kids Are Alright

Serendipitous Self-Care

Chaney Skadsen is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Bolívar, Colombia. - We’re all in the same boat here: foreigners in a new pueblo, around new people trying to do a job much bigger than ourselves. Some of our boats have motors, seats, and roofs. Some have bongeros and room … Continue reading Serendipitous Self-Care