Pueblo Ratatouille

Helena Vonk is a Returned Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer who served in a pueblo in Magdalena, Colombia. - Para comprar: 1 Cabeza de ajo 2 Cebollas blancas 3 Ramas de cebollin (cebolla larga) 2 Pimentones 3-4 Berenjenas 1-3 Zanahorias 4-5 Papas 8 Tomates 1 Tomillo Hojas de laurel Oregano Albahaca Sal & pimienta … Continue reading Pueblo Ratatouille

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Book Colored Lenses

Kaleb Rogers is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in Atlántico, Colombia. -   People talk a lot about self-care in the Peace Corps, doing things that keep you happy, keep you sane. At times, the Peace Corps can be challenging, depressing, even boring. The evaporating enthusiasm of a once highly motivated counterpart or … Continue reading Book Colored Lenses

Resiliency in the Pueblo

Angelica Richardson is a Returned Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer who served in a pueblo in Magdalena, Colombia. - Resiliency in the pueblo Throughout my service, I’ve had difficult moments like other volunteers. I found myself struggling to cope because I did not have the available coping options as I did in the States. … Continue reading Resiliency in the Pueblo

Integration Through a Shared Love

Isaac Ehlers is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Bolívar, Colombia. - I remember being in first grade, eager to get to school early so I could spend time with my first love.  It was the beginning of a budding relationship that would influence the rest of my life. As I … Continue reading Integration Through a Shared Love

Colombia’s Independence Day Celebration in Dibulla

Alexandra Chavarriaga is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in La Guajira, Colombia. -   My first Independence Day celebration in Colombia as a Colombian-American was on July 20th, 2017. I’ve performed at two Colombian Independence Day events in San Diego, California in the past with the dance group Algarabia Colombiana, along with other … Continue reading Colombia’s Independence Day Celebration in Dibulla

Sancocho: A Recipe for Community Building

- Sybelle VanAntwerp and Ivette Aguilar are Community Economic Development (CED) volunteers serving in pueblos in Sucre, Colombia and Magdalena, Colombia, respectively. The original version of this article was a speech for the CII-11 swearing-in ceremony, delivered in Spanish by Ivette Aguilar. It was developed based on common experiences and input from the cohort during … Continue reading Sancocho: A Recipe for Community Building

Strong Friendships

Angelica Richardson is a Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Magdalena, Colombia. - To me, friendship is pure happiness that is rooted in mutual respect and admiration.  Every time I look at pictures that have me with Nazly or Claudia, I see those things. These are the two women that … Continue reading Strong Friendships

Family and Friends

Nakita Naik is a Community Economic Development (CED) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Bolívar, Colombia. -   The Peace Corps has three overarching objectives:  Helping the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women  Helping promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the people served Helping … Continue reading Family and Friends

Friends and Family

Audrey White is a Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Magdalena, Colombia. - Friends are people who invite you to the river at the last minute. They tease you knowing you take things too literally and laugh with you when you finally figure it out. They invite you over and … Continue reading Friends and Family

VAC Mini Grant

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

An Expression of Gratitude for Peace Corps Soulmates

Jacquie Sarkisian is a Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Magdalena, Colombia. - Throughout my life, having lived in different countries since I was 11 years old, I have been fortunate enough to have encountered many friendships along the way. This is dedicated to two friends I made during my … Continue reading An Expression of Gratitude for Peace Corps Soulmates

In Good Company

Matt Plaus is a Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Magdalena, Colombia. - “Andaaaa! OK, otra vez. Profe, como así. Gud aftirnoone.” “Much better. Really, you’re getting so much better. Are you sure you weren’t born in the United States? You must of have spent some time there.” “Yo deseo, … Continue reading In Good Company

Questions

Cutter Ulhorn is a Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Magdalena, Colombia. -   My friends ask me questions. I have answers. “Profe, how old are you?” “Twenty six.” “Profe, how tall are you?” I still don't know how to explain my height in meters. I say six pies and … Continue reading Questions

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