Posted by: pckatie | October 19, 2014

Final Weeks

My time here in Colombia is quickly coming to a close, and lately I have been busier than ever!  Here is the latest and greatest from the happiest country in the world!

Teaching English for Primary Classrooms (TEPC)

For the last two years I have worked with fellow volunteers to hold weekly night classes for public school teachers from across Santa Marta.  It has been a very rewarding project and so fun to see these teachers enthusiastic about bringing these new methodologies into their classrooms.  We held our final class and presented the teachers who attended the majority of the classes throughout the year with certificates.  They insisted on taking us out for a nice dinner to say thank you, and it was delicious!

Certificate Ceremony

Certificate Ceremony

Some of our most consistent students!

Some of our most consistent students!

Dinner with our teachers!

Dinner with our teachers!

Rogelia and Myriam.

Rogelia and Myriam.

Women and Gender in Development

I attended my last Women and Gender in Development committee meeting.  Although I never managed to get a girls group started at my school due to a lack of interest from counterparts, I was able to use a lot of the materials we complied in this committee to hold workshops for girls and young women at my school and in the community.  This is an amazing group of volunteers and I am excited to see future projects from PC Colombia!

Women and Gender in Development Committee

Women and Gender in Development Committee

The Replacements

A new group of volunteers (CII6) arrived in August and have been in Barranquilla completing their pre-service training.  Last Friday I found out who will be replacing me at my school!  His name is Erick and I am already positive that he is a perfect fit for Simon Bolivar.  The new Santa Marta group came to visit for a couple days this week.  We all went out to a welcome dinner last night at Pizza Vomito (yep, your high school Spanish is not failing you, it’s actually called ‘vomit pizza’).  Today and tomorrow the new volunteers are visiting their schools to meet everyone and observe some classes.  Erick hit it off with the teachers and kids right away today and everyone is so excited to start working with him!  As sad as I am to leave my school, I am so happy to know that I am leaving it in such capable hands!

Welcoming the new group of Santa Marta volunteers!

Welcoming the new group of Santa Marta volunteers!

Me and Erick (the new volunteer at my school) at dinner.

Me and Erick (the new volunteer at my school) at dinner.

Four generations of Peace Corps Santa Marta in one picture! (CII3, CII4, CII5, and CII6)

Four generations of Peace Corps Santa Marta in one picture! (CII3, CII4, CII5, and CII6)

Erick introducing himself in one of the classrooms on our tour of the school!

Erick introducing himself in Betzaida’s classroom on our tour of the school!

Me, Erick, and our wonderful counterpart Raquel!

Me, Erick, and our wonderful counterpart Raquel!

My last day of school is this Friday and then I will have a few days to pack and do all my favorite things a few more times!  I can’t believe I am saying this but…less than 2 weeks left in Colombia!

Until next time…….paz y amor.

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