Cacao Process

I’ve had the distinct honor of working with APOMD (Asociación de Productores Orgánicos del Municipio de Dibulla), the association I’ve worked closely with during my service here in Mingueo, Colombia. They are an association of roughly 40 farmers with a combined land usage of 250 hectares (~618 acres). Though they are still small producers, they perform…

Afro-Colombian Dance Performance during Semana Santa

  Originally posted in Peace Corps – Colombia’s online Magazine Oíste Girls between the ages of 6 and 12 performed with Afro-Colombian pride during this past spring break celebration in Dibulla, La Guajira. The older girls performed a remix of three songs they chose: a song by Nigerian artist Yemi Alade called “Johnny,” followed by…

¿Quién Soy Yo?

There are things I know about myself. I know where I come from, how I’ve passed the years, and for the most part, my personality. Except when I’m speaking Spanish… sure I can explain where I come from and stories from my past, but there comes a level where you can make your personality transparent…

Dibulla: The Ideal Place to be Reborn

The slogan for Dibulla (pronounced ‘Dibuya’) is “el sitio ideal para volver a nacer“, or “the ideal place to be reborn.” This has been nothing but true for us since we moved here in November 2016 for our Peace Corps service. We have been reborn in many ways already, of which some ways have been…

Dibulla Pre-Carnavales – “Nueva Generación” Dance Youth

This article was originally posted in Oiste – A Peace Corps Colombia Volunteer-Run Online Magazine.  I have been dancing with young ladies from my community since the very beginning of January. Once school started in early February, they stopped coming to my class because they had to prepare for their grade-specific Carnaval dance presentations at…

Peace Corps Colombia Bebé

Originally posted on Travel Latina:
The following does not represent the views or opinions of the Peace Corps A small-city Ohio man and a big-city Colombian woman, both fresh out of college. Both were ready for adventure. This is the story of my parents and how the Peace Corps brought them together. Since I will…