Close to 50 Colombia RPCVs attended the Peace Corps Connect conference in Berkeley June 5-6, representing one of the largest contingents there. In addition to the myriad forums and break-out sessions throughout the two days, Colombia RPCVs enjoyed a two-hour session all their own sponsored by Friends of Colombia. They shared stories of their service and their sites, and heard remarks from two well-known speakers sharing different perspectives on Colombia. Michael Stanfield, Professor, University of San Francisco, detailed the culture and politics of beauty pageants in Colombia and Sam Farr, U.S. Congressman and Colombia RPCV, commented on his recent visits there and answered questions about legislation related to Colombia. The energized group of RPCVs moved on to a gala dinner at a local restaurant, where friends and family grew the number to more than 60.
Our new newsletter features wonderful stories from RPCVs who span the years Peace Corps has been in Colombia. New RPCV Michael Band tells us how it felt to return to the U.S. after two years on the Colombian coast in “Finding Colombia at Home.” Colombia I RPCV Miguel Lanigan completes his two-part story about the feisty horse he rented and rode to his rural site near Andes. And we celebrate ten years of educational accomplishments by the Marina Orth Foundation, which has established schools in five rural locations serving children from preschool through high school. Read about their party! And send your stories and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
These stories and much more news, project updates, RPCV comments and a book review in this new issue.