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Three Months Left
by | March 27, 2014

A video from a little while back. Hope you enjoy!…

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Traffic Lights
by | December 16, 2013

Before I talk about my perceptions of gender here in Ecuador, I want to mention something else. First, I want to emphasize that these are MY perceptions, MY truths, while for somebody else, they might not be true.  About a week ago, I was at my second Training Seminar in Baños, just a couple hours north-west of Riobamba. For one of our discussions, we had to read an articl called The Danger of a Single Story. This article used extreme examples, like how someone from another country might watch American Psycho, and then think that all American men were psycho killers. But my fellow Fellows and I discussed…

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by | December 16, 2013

I had a wonderful Thanksgiving. A group of Fellows met up in the absolutely stunning town of Baños, Ecuador to celebrate and participate in a training seminar. The food was delicious, the music loud and the laughter over-flowing.
A few hours after dinner though, I started to feel like something wasn’t quite right with my body. I continued talking and laughing with my friends, hoping whatever it was would pass quickly. But after a night spent in the bathroom, I knew there was something wrong.
I talked to my team leader, and we suspected I had giardia. The pain that…

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Life In Florianopolis (Video)
by | November 4, 2013

For the past month, I have been living in the beautiful coastal city of Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil with the wonderful Brazil Cohort. Here are a few of my favorite memories from In Country Orientation. Check it out!
Global Citizen Year ICO Brazil 2013 Video…

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Defining Home
by | 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…

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Quito, the capitol of the center of the world
by | 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…

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The Days are Long
by | 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…

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