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Stories from Colombia

Every Peace Corps Volunteer has a story to tell. Read stories from Volunteers about what it's like to live and work in Colombia.

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Pass through any coastal pueblo in Colombia at the brink of dawn and you will see woman sweeping porches, raking rubbish and generally straightening up the house before another scorching day.

Carson Twiss, Guatemala

¿Hablas español? Use your language skills as you live, learn and serve in a community overseas.

Kellie Mahoney

After 11 weeks of Pre-Service Training (PST) my cohort moved out of our training sites and into our new homes for the next two years.

Selfie with a friend

I feel greatly indebted to Leticia, who in her own way is also promoting world peace and friendship.

PCV Brianna with her English students

My life in Colombia as a Peace Corps Volunteer looks astonishingly like my life did in the U.S. working at a Fortune 50 company. 

PCV Angell Kim teaching English to a group of tourist guides
Now, I must say, my tour guides group are my pride and joy and truly are my friends.

A robust cacao industry would provide economic opportunity for hundreds of thousands of small farmers and their families, many who live in post-conflict areas.

Nyassa Kollie, Malawi

We asked Peace Corps Volunteers, "What do you wish Americans knew about your country of service?"

RPCVs and CII6 TEFL Volunteers at Maureen Orth Foundation
Maureen Orth Colombia 1960s

My decision to join the Peace Corps at age 20, right off the Berkeley campus, and to go to a place I had never heard of — Medellin, Colombia — gave me the best education I ever got.

Colombia illustration

Just over a month ago, I finished my Peace Corps service in a peri-urban fishing community located 25 minutes north of Cartagena, Colombia.

Girls Leading Our World: Camp GLOW in Colombia

Summer camp…

How to communicate like a coastal Colombian

Have you ever seen a coastal Colombian talk? 

VIDEO: Peace Corps celebrates Older Americans Month

Peace Corps Volunteers of all ages are called to serve overseas. 

What I've learned in Colombia

I’ve lived here on the coast of Colombia for 18 months now, which has given me enough to time to observe a few trends, customs and oddities of the Barranquilla culture. Here are a few of the Costeno-isms that I’ve noticed.

Breaking down barriers

Today is my last day in South America. 

Moldova Volunteer Albert Sou reading to kids

Beginning in 1986, I served as an early childhood teacher trainer in Haiti.