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How I Learned to Appreciate I-40
by Israel Nelson | April 10, 2013
“First in roads; Last in education” is a tongue in cheek saying I heard a lot growing up in North Carolina. While the saying refers more to the disparity in taxes doled out by the North Carolina State Government, as a result, many North Carolinians (myself included) grew up thinking that spending money on roads was a waste of money.
This isn’t a political blog post, nor is it a critique of public spending in North Carolina. No, this is a blog post about The Bridge and how it made me learn to appreciate I-40.
When I first started working…
Breaking through the language Barrier
April 7, 2013
Working around a lot of little kids you only understand half of the time is a difficult thing to do. When I first started working at the day care and the older women would try to talk to me, I never understood them. Having that happen did get frustrating at times but it didn’t compare to the feelingI felt when the little kids tried to talk to me and I didn’t understand.
Ever since I could remember I loved helping little kids. While my peers were going home studying after school I was going to a elementary school not to far from where I live to help tutor.…
by Camille LeBlanc | March 26, 2013
At a Stanford cafeteria table back in August, I had my first meeting with my Team Leader, Sol. I had thirty minutes to express my interests and passions and to explain exactly what I wanted out of this year. Although I probably made very little sense at the time, art was at the forefront of my mind. I wanted to spend this year exploring the influence art has on empowerment, human potential, and economic development, for despite my lack of direction, the way these concepts floated around in my head made my face burn with excitement. I imagined myself immersed in an African, European, Latin American paradise, of…Read the rest »
Becoming a Callous
by Kevin Do | March 6, 2013
I always say that you can make anything at all a metaphor for life. So I challenged myself to actually do it. This whole experience is turning me into a callus. What do I mean?
Well first of all, what is a callus? It is a buildup of dead skin on a certain part of your body. Its just an adaptation your body develops over time in response to use of that part of your body. For example, guitar players often have massive calluses on their fingertips from holding down the strings. Another type of people who have calluses are…
by Jordan Lee | March 1, 2013
As I was thinking about what other fascinating aspect of my Ecuadorian life I could recount to all of you back home, I realized something. I have told you about my stint as a thief in the eyes of those in Pano, how annoying and perhaps powerful it is to have to give away half of your food to anyone that passes by, but I have yet to tell you what I do all day, and that seems like something you all should know.
Pretty much everything about my job here came as quite a surprise to me. When I…
High, Low, High GO!
by Kalea Moore | February 27, 2013
HIGH, LOW, HIGH GO!
Chimborazo has not been the easiest place to live. Basically the last 4 months have been a struggle. From people switching families, difficulty with apprenticeships and weight gain. But through all these struggles we have grown closer as a group. In our group we refer to the good things as “highs” and the not so good things as “lows”. So in this blog I will be sharing some highs and lows that I’ve had in the last for months in my community with you.
We always start with high and end with high to end on a positive note, so here we go!…
The Litter Problem of Uruguai: Community Project
by Mary Kate Mueller | February 26, 2013
Kim Asenbeck and I are developing a project to address this problem, captured in this video. BAND (a Brasilian news channel, http://www.band.uol.com.br/…) went to Uruguai to bring attention to the open-sewage and litter problems. Children are playing in the sewers, getting hurt or even dying; people are bathing in and drinking the water, bringing them to tragic deaths as well. It is a serious hazard, and the litter is bringing dangerous bacteria and rats to the community. Someone in the community posted a photo to the Mayor’s Facebook, and only a few hours thereafter, the BAND news crewRead the rest »