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Views are a’changin’
by Eva Ackerman | December 5, 2013
Throughout my teenage years, whenever I heard of people sending clothing, sports supplies, or money to a developing country, I got upset. There are people in the United States who suffer a great deal, yet it isn’t as glamorous to help improve their lives. I thought of all the people ten minutes away from my mainly wealthy community with whom my mom worked, kids who were living on the streets. I heard stories at my job of people who couldn’t sleep when it was quiet, because the only time it is silent is when somebody is about to get shot. I thought it was important to help the…Read the rest »
Adunna, dafa graw
by Mouna Algahaithi | December 4, 2013
Wolof proverb: Adunna, dafa graw.
Meaning: Life, it is difficult. “Like the ocean, on some nights, the tides come in soft and slowly, and life is without problems, and all is fine, and a few nights later, huge, dangerous tides roar, and your life has many problems, and all you can do is wonder where they came from, and how to fix them and hope and pray for the calm seas to come once again.”- My Senegalese friend explaining the proverb
With Training Seminar 1 around the corner, I find myself in utter astonishment at how fast the days have…
by Madeline Lisaius | December 4, 2013
This particular blog has troubled me for quite some time. Two months living in rural, southern Ecuador, I have been struck by the great contrasts that la mujer, the woman, illustrates. But how do I explain to you my perception of mujeres, acknowledging how the lenses my U.S. education and personal experience narrow my vision, while simultaneously putting what I am learning in a relatable context? I’m not sure, but I am going to try my best by offering little accounts from my diary that, together, will hopefully paint a fuller portrait.
“Don Guillermo, my semi-supervisor, always insists that I go first and that he does the…
Eat, Pray, Love
by Lillie Mayfield | December 4, 2013
I have never read the book, I have only seen parts of the movie on TV, but when I came across that title (Eat, Pray, Love) it struck me as the theme of my year.
“If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him… the people who give you their food give you their heart.” -Cesar Chavez
How am I just now realizing how hugely important food is to my life? Ecuador brought me this revelation. Don’t get me wrong, Ecuador is no Italy: I eat enough rice and potato to make…
All Tomorrow’s Parties
by Spencer Wise Watson | December 2, 2013
“Whether we are born into a culture which emphasizes community over independence, or a society which values tradition over feminism, we cannot easily escape the influence in which they have upon us.”
I hopped on the bus from Cuenca to Azogues and immediately made my way to the back. As with most people, I am particular about where I like to sit in buses. Back seats are optimal due to their window control and relative seclusion, in addition to the fact that it’s simply where the cool kids sit. Yet as I approached the back of the bus I began to have my doubts: there was a…
by Alexandra Lines | November 21, 2013
“Talking about our problems is our greatest addiction. Break the habit. Talk about your joys.”
Homesickness is an interesting beast. It makes you realize how much you appreciate where you are from, your family and friends, and how comfortable you feel in your home. Sometimes you can be happy just checking in with those thoughts- thinking about this person, sitting with that memory, or perhaps even indulging in an ‘I am going to do this when I get home’ thought. But the ideas we form in our head become distorted. We begin to think of it as a perfect…
My Life So Far!
by Conner Evans | November 20, 2013
So it’s been a little while since I last blogged. I apologize about that! While in Quito, I decided that I wanted to apply to college again and it took up quite a bit of my time during my first few weeks here in Pedro Vicente Maldonado. But now that’s over and I have been pushing myself to blog more!
To date, I’ve been in Ecuador for a little over two and a half months and in my town of Pedro Vicente Maldonado for nearly two months. After a few changes with my jobs, getting over culture shock, and connecting more with my family I…