PCVs have returned to Colombia, the first full-time Volunteers since 1981 when the program was suspended due to security. Colombia was one of the first programs launched by the agency, beginning in the summer/fall of 1961.
The current PCVs were sworn in on December 14, 2011. The push to return to Colombia was started by the large, active and forceful lobbying of the Friends of Colombia RPCVs who, with the support of the Colombian government, last year since Peace Corps Crisis Corps Volunteers, now known as Response Volunteers, back for short term assignments.
These 22 new and full time PCVs will go to teaching English assignments in schools in Santa Marta, Cartagenia, and Barranquilla. Today there are also two Response Volunteers working in-country with the Community Development office as Disaster Relief Specialists, assigned to rural areas that have been affected by the recent floods.
Attending the swearing-in ceremony were two RPCVs from the early years, both legends in the country: Dennis Grubb (Colombia 1961-63) and Bob Arias (Colombia 1965-67). Also at the swearing in ceremoney was Governor of Atlantcio and the Mayor of Barranquilla and several Peace Corps PC/HQ officials.