Deafening Happiness

Eric Brown is a Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Atlántico, Colombia. -   Atlántico    I flow forth from giant stacks Of metal and plastic and wires Of neon paint and costeño pride   I fill the air I possess your hearts I infect your minds   Love me … Continue reading Deafening Happiness

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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

How to Live Forever

mountains and running asphalt

Cutter Ulhorn is a Practical English for Success Volunteer serving in a pueblo in La Guajira, Colombia. -   Wake up. Pray. Go to school. Greet the portero. Greet the seños. Greet your counterpart. Unlock the classroom door. Start your class. Teach a dynamic activity. In the course of your lessons, you will be asked … Continue reading How to Live Forever

I.C.E. Wait, Watch, and Listen

Flooded streets with kids

Shovel, concrete, water --- shovel, concrete, water You will never forget the sound of rigid metal scraping into water-saturated gravel over and over again salvage   Stacking your furniture like oddly shaped jenga pieces --- balancing all things that absorb atop wooden structures   you try to muster buenas tardes and a sympathetic smile but when … Continue reading I.C.E. Wait, Watch, and Listen

Letter to CII-6 Volunteers

CII-6 Group Photo

Dear CII-6 Volunteers, Your service is coming to an end and we all know you are having quite a busy time leaving everything in order, finishing your COS reports, and closing this remarkable life-changing cycle with your friends and “family.” We are sure you are more understanding, compassionate, and empathetic people after giving your time and … Continue reading Letter to CII-6 Volunteers

CII-8: Commitment to Service Statements

by Brianna Thompson There were countless times during my cohort's pre-service training where I thought, "I am so lucky to be in the presence of these people," but never so much as during our Commitment to Service ceremony.  Our Commitment to Service was a private ceremony (meaning only the Peace Corps trainees, the volunteer leader, … Continue reading CII-8: Commitment to Service Statements

Words of Encouragement for Volunteers

by Cydronia Valdez “Never doubt that a small group of people can change the world, indeed it’s the only thing that has”. Margaret Mead Yo vengo de todas partes, Hacia todas partes voy. Arte soy entre los artes, En los montes, monte soy. Con los pobres de la tierra, Quiero mi suerte echar. El arroyo … Continue reading Words of Encouragement for Volunteers