Category: Service

So, how is Colombia?

I fear that when my friends and family asked me, “So how is Colombia?!?!” I answered negatively. To all of you, I  want to remind you of several things: WTF is that question? That is a very generic question and basically results me in just looking back at you like As a Peace Corps Volunteer […]

An Eco-Tour on the Caribbean Coast of Colombia

As Peace Corps Volunteers, the development that we strive to do is community-based. It’s all about working with the community to identify their priorities, identify their assets, and use the assets to work on their priorities. This totally isn’t a Peace Corps term, but it’s essentially about using different analysis tools to answer the 5 […]

If you give a kid a camera…

I made a lame attempt at rewriting the classic children’s story If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, but that didn’t work out. The anti-welfare think piece just couldn’t marry up with my story about using publicly-funded goods and services from the US to create a unique opportunity for at-risk youths in Colombia to interact with cameras […]

A year in Colombia

A year ago today I arrived in Colombia to begin my journey with Peace Corps.  Correction: a year ago today I left Wisconsin to get to Miami; what follows is just as true! I was calmer than I had expected to be, only nervous about what my host family would be like. I sweat a […]

You, too, can have global citizenship

This post is part of Blogging Abroad’s 2017 New Years Blog Challenge. Week one: Global Citizenship. Some Christmas after I moved back from studying abroad in Spain, my parents gifted me a lovely print with the Mary Anne Radmacher quote, “I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the earth.” […]

Students who choose to learn

Working in public schools here is tough. Class sizes are around 45 students, there generally aren’t resources like books or computers for teachers or students to use, teachers either need to pay for copies or pass that cost onto their students, classrooms are often not air conditioned and therefore are also very noisy thanks to […]

Peace Corps service means free time

I’ve been here in Colombia almost 11 months. I’ve been a Peace Corps Volunteer, officially, almost 8 months. As Volunteers, we must turn in Volunteer Report Forms three times a year. In these forms, we provide Peace Corps the numbers that help them remain financed by Congress (I mean, presumably). We fill in each and […]

Thankful in Colombia

Last month, I made a digital collage of some of the things that I am thankful for here. Life as a Peace Corps Volunteer in coastal Colombia isn’t always easy, but there are countless things that make the struggles worth it (for me). This originally posted on our online magazine, Oíste (and can be seen […]

Mountain View

A little about me!

Hey! I'm Brianna Hope, a born & bred midwesterner embarking on an adventure as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Colombia. I am clumsy, I spill a lot, and I share most of my interests with 6 year-olds.

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The content of this website is mine alone and does not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Government, the Peace Corps, or the Colombian Government.

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