Relearning the Relearned: A Nerdy Outlook on Site Change

By Angela Lopez "Oh THAT'S how you mop the floor! Thank you so much!" In your head I bet you read that sarcastically, but I actually said that to my new host mom upon my arrival to my new house and site a few weeks ago, among the millions of other niceties: "Oh that's so … Continue reading Relearning the Relearned: A Nerdy Outlook on Site Change

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No Volunteer is an Island

By Paul Mangold There’s a Yiddish saying that misery shared is half a blessing. Few experiences bring PCVs more blessings than site change, so I hope sharing my experiences will be a blessing to relocated volunteers. After four months on rural Tierra Bomba Island, I was put in Caribe limbo, then moved to urban Santa … Continue reading No Volunteer is an Island

Beyond the Walled City: My Robbery and How it Could Have Been Prevented

By Sarah Shaw R.I.P. cute backpack from the street market in Taichung. I was reading De Cómo las Muchachas García Perdieron el Accento and eating some almonds in the fluorescent-lit Éxito San Diego café around 7 pm, when I heard that a couple other volunteers were running late. It was Saturday evening, and a Fulbright … Continue reading Beyond the Walled City: My Robbery and How it Could Have Been Prevented

“Travelling leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”

By Aara Johnson [A high five for Medellín!] One could argue that traveling is already hardwired into our minds as PCVs. We decide to leave our country to live in another for two years. Yet, after a while our sites become the normalcy from which some of us desire to escape. This is where one of … Continue reading “Travelling leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”

Announcement: Oíste’s First Poetry Jam!

[UPDATE! We are still in the process of selecting a date for this event, so stay tuned.] The Oíste editors are hosting an event to showcase writing and art through a medium never before available to us: live performance! For the first time in Oíste’s brief history, our creative contributors will have a live forum … Continue reading Announcement: Oíste’s First Poetry Jam!

From the Editors: November 2014

Saludos Peace Corps Colombia and friends, This month's issue is titled, "Welcome to the Coast." In less than two weeks, 33 members of CII-6 will finish training, swear in as volunteers, and move to their new sites. Congratulations to all! At the same time, we must say goodbye to our country director, George Baldino. We'll … Continue reading From the Editors: November 2014

There’s a New President in Town

By Rick Grijalva Aara Johnson has recently been elected President of The Volunteer Advisory Committee (VAC). Aara is from Minneapolis, Minnesota, where the lakes and parks make the city a paradise, and where pockets of art and music add a vibrant cultural touch. I interviewed Aara with the goal of providing a unique opportunity for … Continue reading There’s a New President in Town

The Newest Member of Our Peace Corps Family

By Nereida Angulo Only two weeks after being showered with gifts and lots of love at his baby shower, Miguelangel showed up to the world. He came a month earlier than he was supposed to, but he was so ready to experience firsthand all of the love that he already felt from inside his mommy. … Continue reading The Newest Member of Our Peace Corps Family

No Idea Too Small

By Regina M. Ernst There's often a lot of hype surrounding secondary projects in Peace Corps Colombia. When you work in a small community (or a large, conducive one), secondary projects are beneficial, exciting, and serve as a break from the, at times, lackluster routine of co-teaching or, in some cases, direct teaching. However, some … Continue reading No Idea Too Small

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

Ethnic Diversity and Opportunities on the Coast

By Taylor Ramsey The Northern coast of Colombia is not only bursting with myriad sounds, tropical flavors and dance but also a rich ethnic diversity with indigenous peoples and Afro-Colombians. One of the largest indigenous groups in Colombia, the Wayuu, can be found in Magdalena and the Guajira and there are four indigenous groups in … Continue reading Ethnic Diversity and Opportunities on the Coast

Serving on San Andrés

By Stephanie Sheffield To serve as a Peace Corps volunteer on the coast of Colombia is such a blessing. I am able to jog in the morning while enjoying gorgeous views of the Sierra Nevada mountains, spend weekends at beautiful local beaches, and slow down my North American-paced rhythm of life to adjust to a … Continue reading Serving on San Andrés