Director's Welcome

Peace Corps Colombia Director - Geralyn Sheehan
Geralyn Sheehan - Country Director

Dear Friends,

On behalf of our Peace Corps staff and volunteers here in Colombia, let me wish you a warm “Bienvenidos” to our website.  I hope you will enjoy reviewing the website to get a sense of the work being done here in Colombia by Americans who have committed 2 years of their lives to working for the people of Colombia.

Our Peace Corps post is located in Barranquilla, the largest city on the Northern Caribbean coast of Colombia.  We are a rural program meaning all our volunteers serve in rural communities throughout the departments (states) of Atlántico, Bolivar, Magdalena and La Guajira.  Volunteers serve in one of our two program areas, either in the Practical English for Success Program (PES) or in our Community Economic Development (CED) Program.  I hope you will enjoy the stories and experiences of our volunteers reflected in this website to give you a sense of the life of a Peace Corps volunteer in Colombia.

Our post staff are Colombians that are highly skilled and experienced in their fields.  Our team consists of development professionals, planners, administrators, programmers, finance experts, culture and language facilitators, security, trainers, medical professionals, coaches, drivers and more.  Each of them are committed to Peace Corps’ mission and to support the work of our volunteers. 

The success of our post depends on the commitment and dedication of our volunteers. Each Peace Corps volunteer is assigned a local partner organization or institution where they will commit to building the capacity and knowledge of their partner’s staff and contribute to the mission of that organization.  A partner organization may be a school, a small business, an education center, a cooperative, a nonprofit or an association.  Volunteers in our PES program are assigned to one or more schools where their focus is to assist local English teachers to improve their own English language abilities and to expand their teaching techniques and skills.  Volunteers co-plan and co-teach with their assigned English language teachers on a daily basis.  Volunteers in the CED program are assigned to SENA (Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje) site.  SENA is a government entity providing technical education, business skills and small business support throughout the country in both rural and urban settings. Peace Corps volunteers work with SENA instructors promoting entrepreneurship, money management and small business development.  Their daily work may involve working with community savings groups, supporting small businesses or working with youth to develop their entrepreneurial skills through practicums. 

Volunteers in Colombia live with local families for the duration of their service. These families open their homes and hearts to the volunteers, serving as guides and support to the volunteer as they get accustomed to their new culture and community. Our volunteers come from throughout the United States and represent the diversity of our great nation.   We are very proud of our staff and volunteers who together, make up the Peace Corps Colombia family.  Enjoy our website and I hope you get a sense of the work and life here in Colombia.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments.

Sending you our very best regards,

 Geralyn Sheehan

Country Director, Peace Corps Colombia