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Life In Florianopolis (Video)
by Thien Tran | November 4, 2013
by Carol Brown | November 1, 2013
Originally written en route to Quito, Ecuador somewhere over some ocean on August 29th, 2013. Edited during home stay in Quito.
There’s nothing better to make you reconsider the definition of home than to leave everything you’ve ever known behind. From a vantage point sandwiched between Isabel from the Bay area and Emily from England (or Cleveland, depending on how you ask) racing away from the continental United States, home quickly becomes a relative term. For Isabel, the gridded landscape of California visible most beautifully from the sky symbolized home. Home is mountains and waves of fog. Most importantly, home is her…
Quito, the capitol of the center of the world
by Calvin Ross | October 2, 2013
My favorite part about Ecuador so far is the way culture shock has affected me. I have a lot of friends around me who have lost their appetite and can’t bring themselves to eat hardly anything. I, on the other hand, don’t remember being nearly as hungry as when I left. So far, my appetite has been insatiable. My mom, Esmeralda, cooks me breakfast in the morning which normally consists of a couple eggs, some bread with Guanabana marmalade (a delicious Ecuadorian fruit which tastes something similar to a pineapple and strawberry with an underlying creamy flavor reminiscent of coconut), a banana, mandarin or both, finished off with…Read the rest »
The Days are Long
by Libby Goldman | September 19, 2013
The first time I tried to write this blog post I ended up crying. The truth comes out — I am typical teenage girl with unruly feelings. It wasn’t that I was writing about some terribly sad event that’s happened to me since coming to Ecuador, and I swear I’m not an emotional wreck. But sitting down in front of my computer, actually forcing myself to process the past few weeks, made me realize how much has already happened and how it’s affected me.
Has it really only been three and a half weeks? I left August 21st and it’s now mid-September, but I feel like I’ve…
A Glimpse of ICO
by Cameron Carrick | September 18, 2013
I wanted to give all of you followers who I haven’t had a chance to talk to in detail a small behind-the-curtain peek at In Country Orientaion. So, I will sit here and type out a rough daily schedule and sweat. Because it hasn’t rained in two days and Dakars musk has been accumulating warmly.
Since my fellow Senegal Fellows and I arrived, after our swift homestay placements, we have been spending most days at school studying French and our local languages–Pulaar or Wolof. Personally I am studying Pulaar, but we’ll come around to that later.
When I’m not at…
Fear and Fall Training
by Sayre Quevedo | September 4, 2013
I am barreling toward Houston in a bullet with wings. Blue pleather seats and I’m flanked by sleeping strangers and friends, the in-flight movie flashing muted on the screen. Only an hour ago we squeezed through the aisles of this plane. Backpack straps pinched our palms, sleep-swollen bags heavied the corners our eyes. I read the questions on other passengers’ faces: “Who are they?” “Where are they going? For what?”
We knew last Wednesday when we began Fall Training that we would find ourselves here eventually. Though, maybe not with the perspectives we have now, or the not-so-easily answered questions…
Taking a Moment to Breathe
by Jonathan Timothy Su | August 29, 2013
6:30 AM. I roll out of bed and trudge to my bathroom like a lifeless zombie, wishing for just ten more minutes of sleep. After getting ready for school and always seeming to miss breakfast along the way, I arrive for orchestra rehearsal by 7. Then comes my long day of school until 3. I snack and nap until 6 before going to color guard practices or student council commitments at night. After getting home late, doing homework, and studying for a few hours, I quickly fall asleep.
Looking back on my straightforward and fast-paced high school life, I now…