And with my 100th post I bring you the auspicious news that the Peace Corps will be returning to Colombia after nearly a 30-year abscence. The Peace Corps have been responsible for years of advancing U.S. Public Diplomacy through education, business, information technology, agriculture, and the environment. Though the Peace Corps’ merits have generally been viewed positively in Latin America, there have been cases (Bolivia, for instance) where the sentiments of the general population have led to the rejection and expulsion of Peace Corps programs.
The majority of the Peace Corps Colombia will focus on teaching English as a foreign language, an asset in demand for many rural parts of the country. The first volunteers who will be arriving later this year will no doubt, be inspired by Colombia’s natural beauty as well as the wonderful people which have both contributed to my desire to live and work there.