The focus of my work in my first seven months in Colombia has revolved around the locally based non-profit, La Olla Milagrosa (‘the Miraculous Pot’) - connecting it to the Miami-based micro-loan organization TCP Global, developing and teaching a series of small-business training sessions aimed at entrepreneurs who are single mothers, and coordinating twelve local accounting students as advisors to the project.
From March 11 to March 19, 2016, my dad, Steve, and brother, Nicholas, visited Colombia including a lot of time in Fundacion getting to know my host family and friends. We also made trips to popular tourist destinations like Santa Marta, Minca, Tayrona Park, and Finca Barlovento.
To Americans: I rarely travel, I do not live in a mud hut, and we as Volunteers aren’t hippies. To Colombians: I do not teach English, I am not a tourist, and I don’t work for the FBI.
Dios te salve Villa encantadora rara joya de nuestra vasta zona, digna eres de una gran corona, pues tu nombre es de hidalga ciudad (‘God save you, lovely charming gem of our vast region, worthy of a great crown, for your name is of a noble city’) – chorus of Fundación’s hymn
A visual presentation of my first three month's on Colombia's Caribbean Coast
"...in some ways, Peace Corps service has been a selfish endeavor for me stemming from the fact that I never came up with a good answer to the test posed as the question ‘why not be a Peace Corps Volunteer?’. What greater way to develop as a human being and help people less fortunate than to be a Peace Corps Volunteer? I still do not have the answer."
"Therefore, the purpose of this blog is to better stay in touch with family/friends and to help facilitate understanding of the real Colombia that I have fallen in love with – one of magical realism, development, and incredible human warmth."