Rachel's Journey to Colombia

Current Location

Bucaramanga Colombia

I am currently a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant at the Universidad Industrial de Santander (UIS) in Bucaramanga, Colombia! I will spend 10 months here teaching and learning. Join me!


I visited Ocaña, which is a town famous for its role in helping Colombia become free from Spain. It is the hometown of one of my best friend's (Anita), so I went to explore it through her eyes!


Two major parts of Colombian culture are sharing with others and greeting one another! I'll write about my experience with these aspects of their culture.

Field Notes

Yuli is one of my best friends at the university where I work. I chose to interview her because you met her in our video call and she is traveling to the U.S. soon!


I took a trip to Tayrona National Park in Santa Marta. It is 10 hours north of Bucaramanga! It is very hot there. You hike through the forest for three hours and then you finally reach the beach!