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Pachaysana leads Narrative Medicine workshop in the earthquake-affected community of El Matal
October 2017

With the Nina Shunku Association, Pachaysana spent the last six weeks exploring social aliments and their relationship to Narrative. In this process, we challenged ourselves to identify “social diseases” and create stories that help us understand our personal and communal connections with those sicknesses. In our Rehearsing Change program, and informed by the field of Narrative Medicine, Nina Shunku members and international students created projects that revealed just how healing our stories can be. Complemented with an extended dialogue relating illness to issues of identity, we were able to create a narrative medicine workshop that we implemented with the fishing community of El Matal in the province of Manabi, a community still engaged in the recovery process from the April 2016 earthquake.


Our work in El Matal was incredibly humbling and our admiration goes out to the amazing people of this community. We learned that narrative medicine suffers from the same issues as regular medicine, meaning that we unfortunately view it as a reactive procedure, or something that we do in response to illness, as opposed to part of a pro-active or preventive action. In other words, we cannot cure the problems of an earthquake-effected community by simply building a house for a family to live in, just as we cannot believe that providing these same people with an opportunity to tell their story will be curative. In each case, there needs to be a process that goes beyond the “covering up” or “forgetting about” our wounds. If narrative medicine is to fulfill its potential, just as regular medicine, then it needs to be practiced all the time, by all people and communities, hopefully preventing much sickness from taking hold, or preparing us for certain illnesses when they come.

A special expression of gratitude to the people of Fundación Poste Rojo, who facilitated our entire experience.

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Announcing Rehearsing Change Social Justice Scholarships for the Spring 2018 semester.
September 2017


In light of recent events, Pachaysana finds itself in a unique position, asking ourselves: From Ecuador, how can we act in solidarity with under-represented populations, oppressed peoples and those fighting for social justice in the United States? We recognize that we depend on our international students and partners for much of our funding; however, we also know that many students cannot afford to participate in programs like Rehearsing Change. While we cannot lower the cost of our program, mostly because it would mean less investment into the communities with which we work, we can offer scholarships to those students who want their study abroad experience to be an integral part of their struggle for social justice. Please assist us by informing your students.


We are happy to announce five $1000 scholarships available for the spring 2018 semester. 

  • Two Coming/Breaking Out from the Margins Scholarships – If you identify with a group that is marginalized from power, or if your identity has been marginalized by existing power structures, you can apply for this scholarship.

  • Two Social Justice Ally Scholarships – If you consider that much of your identity/history is related to oppressive power structures but feel passionate about struggling for social justice and ending all forms of hate, then you can apply for this scholarship.

  • One Public (or under-represented) Institution Scholarships – Students from public institutions, as well as smaller or less affluent private schools, are underrepresented in our program. If you attend one of these institutions, you can apply for this scholarship.


To apply for the scholarship, students simply need to put a note at the end of their application essay regarding the scholarship(s) for which they consider themselves a candidate. If you have questions about the scholarships or your essay is already turned in, simply write us an email to . We will then be in touch regarding the second step. Students can apply for more than one scholarship.

This is our official statement in support of ongoing non-violent demonstrations currently being carried out by many brave friends and colleagues at our partner colleges and universities in the United States: Pachaysana links arms in solidarity with those students, faculty and staff at your institutions who protest against all forms of hate and violence, whether physical, symbolic or structural. We do not tolerate racism, white supremacy or bigotry of any kind and pledge our support to peaceful demonstrations against them. It is important to identify hate when it occurs and act against it as individuals, collectives and communities.

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New Cohort arrives for Rehearsing Change Fall 2017
August 2017

We welcome our newest Rehearsing Change cohort to Ecuador. They will be half-time with our local partner organization, the Nina Shunku Association, in the historical center of Quito, and half-time with the agrarian communities of Santa Teresa de Pintag and Valencia de Pintag, just outside of Quito. Pictured are 5 of our 6 students (holding up pictures from the previous 6 Rehearsing Change students - Spring 2017). From left to right, Grace Logan (American U), Gabe Wexler (Williams College), Caroline Garrison (American U), Erik Lagerquist (Carleton College) and Abigail Gabor (City College of New York). Not pictured is Olivia Love-Hadlestad (Beloit College), who will be joining us shortly.

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Final Report for Rehearsing Change 2016-17 now available
July 2017

The Final Report for our 2016-17 Rehearsing Change program is now available. Read about our community projects, courses and see results from the evaluations of both our student and local participants. In the image you can see international students and local participants from the communities of Mariscal, Tzawata and Dureno on an excursion to the highlands.

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Summer internships are underway in Tzawata and elsewhere
June 2017

We have diverse internships underway in various partner communities, including Quito, Pintag, Mariscal and Tzawata, the last of which is captured in the image above. As part of the Living Community Project, our interns Kayla Gangemi and Sophie Schectman are working on a medicinal plant garden, which will serve both educational and touristic purposes. As you can see, the community is fully engaged in the process.


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The community of Tzawata uses Rehearsing Change programming to ask the question: "What does it mean to be Kichwa?"
April-May 2017


Seven weeks in Tzawata allowed the Kichwa community of Tzawata to engage in a lengthy and fruitful creative dialogue with Pachaysana's interational students. Confronting the swift and growing changes that globalization demands of all indigenous communities, Tzawata decided to approach the challenges proactively. In the process, they discovered that the struggle for maintaining identity is not an act of resistance; rather, it is an act of creation... a constant redefining, or renaming, of the collective self. Special thanks to our incredible faculty who participated in the process: Wilson Pico, Javier Cevallos and Daniel Bryan. Also, our gratitude to the 6 international students and scholarship participant from the A'i (Cofán) community of Dureno, Shen Aguinda. And, most importantly, our admiration and respect to the community of Tzawata.

Images above are of our group with Instructor/Facilitator Wilson Pico.

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The community of Mariscal Sucre shines in our current semester of Rehearsing Change
February-March 2017


We have just finished a little over 6 weeks of intense work in the community of Mariscal Sucre. In this short time, our Rehearsing Change students and local community participants completed two college level courses; they researched the oral history of the community and created five stories based on that history, using theatre, music, dance and creative writing and presented them to the entire community; they documented oral histories for use by the community at large; they created four development projects, one of which will be funded by Pachaysana, but all of which are superbly written and viable; and they organized and carried out a huge cultural event to honor the stories of the community.

Images above are of our group with Instructor/Facilitator Will Waters.

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Pachaysana forms alliance with the Unión de Afectados por Texaco, now working with affected communities.
January - February 2017

The Union of Affected Peoples is a collective of 30,000 community members from the northern Ecuadorian Amazon who are struggling each and every day to force Chevron to recognize the damage caused to their environment and cultures by reckless drilling practices. They won a $9.5 billion judgement in Ecuador but the company does not recognize its validity.


No matter whose side you are on, we cannot deny the innocence and degradation (cultural and environmental) of these people. One strategy by defendants in cases like these is that the affected communities, most often represented by marginalized and indigenous peoples, will simply disappear. Regretfully, as time goes on in this case, that strategy begins to gain traction. From one perspective, a case that goes on for decades means multiple generations have to join the cause. From a different perspective, globalization is consuming indigenous cultures/nationalities across the globe.


Pachaysana's role is to work with communities in reaffirming their stories as protagonists in this case and in the Amazon region. Over the last months we have worked with the Siekopai, the A'i (Cofán) and the Siona in proclaiming that our story matters and "we are here!" See our latest newsletter for more information related to these last words.

Special thanks to Pablo Fajardo, Donald Moncayo and everyone at the Unión (UDAPT), to Javier Cevallos and Quito Eterno for their collaboration, and to Ayllu Nina Shunku for their endless commitment to this cause. And most importantly, thanks to the communities for allowing us to join their struggle.

Images above are of a mural we painted with community members in Lago Agrio and a workshop with the A'I community of Dureno.

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Rehearsing Change is featured in the magazine International Educator.
November - December 2016

Rehearsing Change was featured in the latest edition of International Educator, a widely distributed bi-monthly magazine edited by NAFSA, the largest international education association in the world.  The article, entitled "Act Globally," looks at how theatre is  applied in study abroad programs around the world. In addition to some great photos, you will find stellar quotes from past students, Stephanie Kridlo and Bronte Velez, and our Executive Drector, Daniel Bryan. 

Some of the quotes in the article:

"(the international students) represent a connection to this globalized society, and through this visceral real-life process, you can feel that connection between the local community and global community.” - Daniel Bryan

“In so many ways in this country, we come in as a colonial presence and try to impose things on people and groups, and I wanted to see how theatre could be used in a different way.” - Bronte Velez

“What I learned through this study abroad program was that there is a purpose for the arts in everything. It’s something I knew, that the arts have real power for social change, but it wasn’t until I did this program that I saw it firsthand. It can change your life. It changed mine.” - Stephanie Kridlo

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Rehearsing Change joins with the community of Pintag to explore identity.
October 2016

This semester marks the beginning of Pachaysana's work with several neighborhoods in Pintag, a traditional rural community about 40 minutes to the southeast of Quito. Our focus has been the exploration of "who we are" as related to this ever changing world in which we live. The work has been truly amazing and we are so grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow with our new friends. Surrounded by the mountains and infused with creative energies, the images above show everyone's commitment to a unique place-based educational process.

This experience also sheds light on our plea to convert October into Indigenous People's Month. Please see our latest newsletter.

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Rehearing Change goes on tour!
September 2016

Our four most recent Rehearsing Change graduates will be leading presentations and workshops at 5 different educational institutions in the northeast of the United States. Here is the summary:


“Be a change maker!” “Get out there and make a difference!” Our discourse on social change is similar to our discourse on reality television, for we equate activism with making a name for ourselves. Hyper-focused on the outcomes, we forget that change is first and foremost a verb, implying a process of creating and not just the product of what was created. As with any process, change must be practiced over and over again.


Our presentation/workshop, "Rehearsing Change: Empowering Locally, Educating Globally," provides participant-observers with such practice, a creative dialogue in which we will reconsider the relationship between “how we do education” and “how we live in community.”  Joined by Daniel Bryan, the students Stephanie Kridlo, Evan Oravec Liza Sweitzer (American University) and Ruby Goldberg (Brown University) will present short theatre pieces they developed jointly with local community counterparts from small Amazon communities and marginalized neighborhoods in the capital city of Quito while studying abroad in Ecuador. Following the performance we offer an interactive workshop with audience members. In order to provide context, we will frame social change in relationship to the challenging themes of Gender Violence, Racism and Cultural Identity.

  • Monday, September 26 - Sidwell Friends School, Washington, DC

  • Tuesday, September 27 - Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, PA

  • Wednesday, September 28 - American University, Washington, DC

  • Thursday, September 29 - Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

  • Friday, September 30 - Brown University, Providence, RI

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An amazing summer of community-based work done by our interns and partner communities
June/July/August 2016

We could not be more proud of our summer interns and volunteers, and truth be told, can only stand in awe of our primary summer interns, Liza Sweitzer (from American University) and Ruby Goldberg (from Brown Universtiy). Their commitment to community-based education is an inspiration to us all.


Joined at different times by some other amazing volunteers/interns, Ruby and Liza led projects in the communities of Dureno (A’i) and Tzawata (Kichwa). The projects were extensions of our work with the Rehearsing Change program, of which Liza and Ruby are alums. Per community requests, and because Rehearsing Change focuses on adolescents to adults,  these summer projects placed emphasis on some of the youngest community members.


The children of Dureno and Tzawata are growing up drastically different than their parents. Although not yet able to conceptualize it, they are pulled in two different directions: to one side they feel the forces of their traditional cultures with thousands of years of a nature-oriented identity, and to the other side is the pull of globalization with the glamour of technology and rock stars. Via playful and artistic methods, our volunteers worked with community leaders on the slow process of introducing this conflict and encouraging the children to use their creative energies to identify how it affects them. Thus, whatever choices they make, they are part of the cycle of change, not just receivers of it.


A huge Ashka Pagrachu (many thanks) to Ruby, Liza and the other summer volunteers: Chelsea Viteri of Clark University; Zia Kander, a recent grad of Oberlin College; Nadia Lopez of the Universidad San Francisco de Quito; and our Pachaysana Graduate Intern, Edgar Arbaiza.

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Congratulations to our Rehearsing Change alums who recently graduated from college
May / June 2016

Felicidades.... we are so proud of our pioneer students!!! The three brave souls who attended our pilot semester have now graduated from college. And what an amazing group of human beings.


Bronte Velez graduated from Brandeis University and is a winner of numerous prestigious grants and awards, including the Spiritual Ecology Fellowship and the Davis Peace Fellowship. In the latter, Bronte will return to Ecuador to work with Pachaysana, carrying out a truly innovative project on collecting, creating and planting our stories, which literally turn into a living tree. Stay tuned for more information!  


Ellie Rice graduated summa cum laude from Juniata College with her self-designed major, Community, Conflict, and Change, with a minor in Spanish and distinction in Peace and Conflict Studies. She wrote, presented, and defended an honors thesis titled "Returning to Story: Narratives of Community Development." Then after graduation, Ellie was a paid worker and contributing guest to a working conference on peacebuilding and the arts with the editors of one of our Rehearsing Change texts, "Acting Together: Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict."


Anthony Torres just graduated from American University. Over the last months he has traveled extensively as a youth activist, most notably to Russia for the Arctic Development Conference and to Germany where he participated in a transatlantic youth dialogue on refugees, integration and globalization. In the US, he has participated in summits that seek a fossil fuel-free world by 2050 and just started a position with the Sierra Club as a campaigner against the Trans-Pacific Partnership and for a climate just-alternative trade movement. 

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Rehearsing Change is a finalist for the 2016 Go Abroad Innovation in International Education Awards.
May 2016

We are happy to announce that our Fair Trade Study Abroad program, Rehearsing Change: Empowering Locally, Educating Globally, has been named a finalist in the category "Innovation in Sustainability." Our commitment to sustainability goes beyond the traditional environmental discourse. We believe in a 4-prong approach to sustainable development and all our programming uses a participatory, multi-cultural dialogue to find balance between social, economic, cultural and environmental sustainability. As you can see by the photos above, we believe that sustainability education must include creative problem solving between local community members and international students. Thanks to our partners, the Universidad San Francisco de Quito and the Institute for Study Abroad - Butler, University, for their continuous support.

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Rehearsing Change completes our interactive Storytelling course in the Kichwa community of Tzawata
April 2016

Imagine learning about the power of story to change lives and build collective identity, and doing this while immersed in a community that is struggling for its very survival versus an invasion from an international mining company. Continue imagining, and think about how that course might become intense, maybe even overwhelming at times, and when those times come, you simply walk 1 minute to the east and jump in the Ansu River to cool down and reinvigorate the mind and body. This was our April with the amazing community of Tzawata during our Rehearsing Change program. Ashka Pagrachu (thank you very much), Tzawata, for your inspiration. We look forward to our future projects together. Special thanks to our faculty, Javier Cevallos and Wilson Pico (pictured with Daniel Bryan above, leading an activity to help shape our stories via movement.)

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Last days to apply for our Fall 2016 semester of Rehearsing Change
March 2016

Spread the word! There is still space for the fall 2016 semester of our revolutionary study abroad program, Rehearsing Change: Empowering Locally, Educating Globally. It will be held in Quito, where international students will study with members of an urban arts and education collective (the Nina Shunku Association), as well as a nearby rural community struggling to adapt in a globalized world. Last day to apply is April 15! Check out and share this recent video, which gives insight to what current students think of Rehearsing Change. The image above shows our amazing Quito cohort from the Spring 2016 semester right after completing their final presentation.

Celebrating the conclusion to our Quito-based programming of Rehearsing Change, spring 2016!
February 2016

This week we conclude an amazing 2 months of our second semester of Rehearsing Change, as well as finishing up the Quito component of this special hybrid semester. Tomorrow, Friday, February 26, we will present an hour-long Theatre for Social Change presentation to the public at large. It uses different methodologies, such as Image Theatre (seen above), Forum Theatre, Narration, Improvisation, Newspaper Theatre and more to explore diverse themes related to the abuse of power: Gender Violence, Addiction, Preserving Traditional Identity in the Face of Globalization, and Reclaiming Public Spaces. After a mid-term break, it will be off to work with our partner communities in the Amazon region, Mariscal Sucre and Tzawata. Special thanks to our local counterpart organization, the Nina Shunku Association, and congratulations on celebrating their 4-year anniversary! For more information about our semester and the upcoming Fall 2016 semester, read our latest newsletter.

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The 2nd semester of Rehearsing Change is underway!
January 2016

We have just completed our intense week-long orientation for the second semester of Rehearsing Change. In addition to the usual health, safety and program orientation sessions, our international students worked closely with the Fundación Quito Eterno in a program that included interactive learning about identity, language, food, music and cultural celebrations. They also prepared for community integration with our partner organization, Association Nina Shunku, and our partner communities, Mariscal Sucre and Tzawata. Here, you can see us all at our welcome lunch with Quito Eterno and then the international students taking a tour with faculty member, Javier Cevallos. A very special welcome to Ruby Goldberg of Brown University and Stephanie Kridlo, Evan Oravec and Liza Sweitzer from American University.

The Pachaysana Guest Faculty Program
November 2015

We are thrilled to announce the beginning of a guest faculty program. Each semester we will accept letters of inquiry from faculty across the world who have interest in teaching in our groundbreaking study abroad program, Rehearsing Change: Empowering Locally, Educating Globally. This is a perfect opportunity for instructors and researchers on sabbatical who seek to dedicate a portion of their leave to fair trade education. Depending on the semester, participants can teach anywhere from 1/2 a course to 2 courses in a given semester. All classes are community-based (in Quito and rural Amazon communities) and offered jointly to international students and local community counterparts. We are most interested in faculty with interdisciplinary experience, especially social scientists and artists with a passion for community/civic engagement and experiential learning.  Preference will be given to applicants from partner colleges and universities of the Rehearsing Change program. Read about our incredible regular faculty members. To inquire for the fall or spring semesters of the 2016-17 academic year, please write directly to Executive Director, Daniel Bryan.

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JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: Program/Teaching Assistant for our Rehearsing Change spring 2016 semester
October 2015

The program/teaching assistant is a part-time (approximately 25 hours per week) position for those interested in international education, community development and alternative education. The assistant/intern will work closely with the Rehearsing Change Resident Director and faculty on the planning, administration and evaluation of all program activities, including class sessions, excursions, community-based projects, and logistical operations. The assistant will also have the opportunity to plan lessons, teach and conduct academic evaluations. Although the position is unpaid, we will be covering housing, local transportation and provide a living stipend. Click here for the full description. To apply, send a cover letter, CV and a list of three references by Oct 26, 2015 to

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Announcing a groundbreaking collaboration with IFSA-Butler

September 2015

We are celebrating the signing of a groundbreaking agreement with one of the foremost leaders in study abroad. Renowned for its academic excellence, attention to health & safety, not to mention a growing commitment to community-based learning, our collaboration with the Institute for Study Abroad, Butler University (IFSA-Butler) evolved over more than a year of getting to know each other.

IFSA-Butler spent a week with us during our pilot semester, living in our communities, conversing with our team members and learning about our new way of doing study abroad. They are fully dedicated to our community-based, fair trade education model. In addition to providing us with greater infrastructure, they will take charge of promotion and health & safety. More importantly, and the main reason we feel this agreement is groundbreaking, is that this collaboration provides greater opportunity to develop the Fair Trade Study Abroad movement. Thanks to everyone at IFSA-Butler!

Amazing Summer Work in our Partner Communities

July-August 2015

We are both thrilled and sad to announce the conclusion of our summer 2015 projects. We were so very fortunate to have some amazing volunteers and interns join us in the communities of Dureno, Mariscal and Tzawata. From community-based tourism education to arts for social change to English teaching to intercultural cooking exchanges, we were pretty active over the last couple of months.  You can read more in our latest newsletter, and we especially encourage you to read Kayleigh Levitt's and Zoe Witt's reflections from their time in Mariscal. Pictured above is a picture from our work in Dureno with the incredible Nina Shunku Association. 

Rehearsing Change pilot semester: Final Report

May-June 2015

Pachaysana releases our final report for our pilot semester, spring 2015. It includes a summary of activities, basic statistics, participant evaluations, resulting community projects and conclusions. Overall we could not be happier with the semester and are so proud of our international students, community participants, instructors and staff. We are extremely grateful to our academic partner, the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ), and US partners, American University, Brandeis University and Juniata College. Without their vision and support, this program would not be possible. Special thanks to Diego Quiroga, Rebecca Pisano and Veronica Castelo of USFQ; Sara Dumont, Brita Doyle and Brenda Werth of American; Scott Van Der Meid, Allyson Goose and Cynthia Cohen of Brandeis; and, Kati Csoman, Henry Thurston-Griswald and Polly Walker of Juniata.  

Contract our Amazing Faculty and Teaching Artists for Lectures, Workshops and Residencies

April 2015

Pachaysana is now promoting Lectures, Workshops and Residencies with our team members. We offer incredible opportunities in the Arts and Social Change (including modern dance, theatre, puppetry, hip-hop and more), Popular Pedagogy, Oral Tradition, Endangered Langauges and Socio-Linguistics, Environmental Studies, Creative Tools for Spanish Acquisition and Fair-Trade Learning. We are slowly updating our webpage to include numerous offerings from our one-of-a-kind faculty. For now, please visit our page on Pachaysana Executive Director, Daniel Bryan.

Daniel Bryan spends a week at Washington and Jefferson College

March 2015

Daniel Bryan was named a Maxwell Inernational Scholar in Residence at Washington and Jefferson College, which is located in Washington, PA. Daniel spent a week on campus offering several lectures, which were attended by members of the college and at-large community. His talks on national resource extraction in Ecuador's Amazon struck a nerve with the people, as they live in the middle of the Marcellus Shale Region. He also visited numerous classes and led a workshop on Diversity and Inclusion. Read the article in the local newspaper, the Observer-Reporter

The community of Tzawata work with Pachaysana Interns to create the video, LA LUCHA. 

Released in December 2014

This video represents a bi-lateral effort to tell the story of Tzawata-Ila-Chukapi. For 6 weeks, three Pachaysana interns lived with the community of Tzawata; their goal was to learn the story and tell it back to the community. The community would listen and dialogue about its accuracy. As the community became more and more engaged, they became owners of this "telling of the story" and creating the video with the interns. Very special thanks to our three interns, especially Maria Nachbor, who went way above the call of duty in putting the piece together with the community.

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Executive Director, Daniel Bryan, takes Rehearsing Change to US Colleges and Universities

September-October 2014

As part of our program "Rehearsing Change for Classrooms," which takes our methodologies to educational insitutions in both Ecuador and abroad, Daniel led presentations and workshops at numerous colleges and universities in the United States, working with undergraduates, graduates, faculty and staff. Included among them are American University, Juniata College, Brandeis University, Ohio State University (click here for an article on the visit), Southwestern University, University of Texas at Austin and Northwest Vista College. At Brown University, Daniel led a 3-day workshop that applied Rehearsing Change methodology to the the First Readings Project. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the College and the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies, participants explored the themes of this year's First Reading, the documentary film, Oil and Water. Check out one participant's Environmental Slam Poem, "Short Sighted Eyes"

Local and Global Perspectives of Pachaysana Education

October 2014

Can you imagine a study abroad experience that is equally beneficial for both international students and local community members? Rehearsing Change is exactly that.  Thanks to Osha Waterdu and Vicente Alvarado for the participation. And thanks to Laura Garlock for creating the video.

Versión en Español

Final Report: Education for Community-Based Tourism in Mariscal Sucre

September-October 2014

So much of our visibility is through the study abroad component of our work that our community-based education projects sometimes go unnoticed. Over the last year, as part of our efforts to enhance access to quality education in rural communities, we conducted a series of workshops and structured dialogues with the community of Mariscal Sucre.  A detailed summary of objectives, our methodologies and lessons learned can be accessed by clicking here. We express our sincere gratitude to the community as a whole, but especially the nearly 2 dozen participants who worked continuously over the course of the last year.

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Reflections from interns and program participants

August-September 2014

With Labor day now past, and school years getting underway, so many of us turn our sights toward new learning opportunities. In Ecuador, many indigenous communities believe that "setting sight" toward an unknown future is unwise. Rather, we walk toward the unknown future, but with our sights always learning from the past, from experience and from our ancestors. In the spirit of our journey toward a bright new future, fed by a wealth of human experience from the past, we recently collected reflections from 3 of our interns and one program participants. We hope that you find them inspiring and cause for your own personal reflection.


Maria Nachbor (Juniata College) shares thoughts on her summer internship about what she calls a "learning community."  Osha Waterdu (Beloit College) explains how her work with the community of Tzawata leads her to greater awareness about how "todo está conectado (everything is connected)." Akiko Toya (Cornell University) takes us back a year to recount her adventures as our first inten: from "killing dinner" (también en Español) to sitting out under the stars with her host family, you won't want to miss her tale. Then Lauren Horning (Washington and Jefferson College) talks about her participation in one of our Toxic Tours, which was part of our Searching for Balance project.


Interns work on Tzawata story project

May, June and July 2014

Three Pachaysana Interns just completed a total of 6 weeks in the community of Tzawata. Tzawata's story of struggle to reclaim ancestral lands can be accessed in our latest newsletter, "The Earth is our Life." Under the guidance of our General Director, Belen Noroña, the interns, Maria Nachbor, Osha Waterdu and Renae Zelmar, first dedicated their time to interviewing community leaders and reading hundreds of pages of community documents to best understand the complicated story. Then, they created several documents of their own as part of an effort to more succinctly document the story and work on new ways for the community to communicate their struggle. Read Maria's Reflection and check back soon to review what was created.  

Belen Noroña publishes "La Toma de la Laguna"

June 2014

As part of our project with the community of Quilotoa, Belen has published the book, La Toma de la Laguna, printed by Abya Yala press. It will be available for purchase soon and we will share how you can buy a copy or recommend it to your college libraries. Read more about the book.

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Searching for Balance

April 2014

This one-week project focused on the design and testing of our educational methodologies, which will be further developed in the Rehearsing Change program. 4 international students joined 4 local community members from two different communities (Tzawata and Mariscal Sucre) in a 9-day experience. You can read more about it by accessing our April, 2014 Newsletter. The project was facilitated by three members of our leadership team: Daniel Bryan, Juan Kunchikuy and Belen Noroña. (Read More)

American, Brown and Brandeis universities approve Rehearsing Change for their students

March 2014

These three prestigious universities in the Northeast of the United States have officially approved our study abroad program for their students. We are honored to be partnered with such high-quality institutions.  

Daniel Bryan offers presentations and workshops at US universities

February and March 2014

Fall tour (September and October 2013)

Daniel finished his spring tour of the United States where he offered numerous lectures and presentations, as well as leading Theatre for Social Change workshops at numerous universities, including Soka University of America, University of Texas at Austin, University of Kansas, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, American University, Goucher College, Juniata College, Brown University, Tufts University and Brandeis Universtiy. (You can browse Daniel's offerings here. Please write him directly if you are interested in organizing a Presentation or Workshop.)


Please see Jazzy Brown’s poem and reflection related to Daniel’s visit to Soka University of America. (Jazzy is pictured here to the left)

Arts exchange between local Amazon communities and dancers from the world-renowned Forsythe Dance Company
November 2013

The dancers visited our partner communities of Tzawata and Mariscal Sucre, where they participated in workshops and presentations. (Read more)

Pachaysana conducts first short-term Rehearsing Change program

October/November 2013

Every project needs to start somewhere. After a series of workshops with the community of Mariscal Sucre, Pachaysana offered the possibility of a one-week multi-cultural project between the community and a group of international students. 10 community counterparts joined 20 international students for a week-long educational experience including visits to areas contaminated by oil extraction and a 3 night stay with host families in Mariscal. (Read more)


Read a reflection from an international student.


Read a reflection from 2 community counterparts.


Newsletter 36: "Speaking out against hate"

Our words and deeds to confront hate, white supremacy and bigotry.

Newsletter 35: "Question, Dream, Learn..."

Read about our summer 2017 projects

Newsletter 34: "Practicing what we Preach"

A summary of our 2016-17 Rehearsing Change program.

Newsletter 33: "How to Grow a God"

Read about how Pachaysana grows the great narratives that inspire social change.

Newsletter 32: "Building the Movement"

Pachaysana is growing. Here we share our thoughts and concerns related to organizational growth.

Newletter 31: "¡We are Here: Estamos Aquí!"

Exploring how three words can affect real social change.

Newsletter 30: "Communities Transforming Conflict"

Learn about the many different projects that our partner communities are doing and how Rehearsing Change helps. 

Newsletter 29: "A look back at 2016"

Recognizing the work being done by communities, students, interns, alums and faculty.

Newsletter 28: "Indigenous People's Month - it has only just begun"

The struggle to make indigenous voices heard.

Newletter 27: "Naming Our World"

We can only change our world by first naming it. We look at this "naming" via our work in Ecuador and the USA

Newletter 26: "Celebrating our Cycle of Change"

How projects, communities and students must work together to make a difference.

Newletter 25: "Rehearsing Change concludes second semester"

A reflection on our latest semester of Rehearsing Change, with stories and testimonials.

Newletter 24: "The Pachaysana Family"

Recognizing the amazing people in Ecuador and abroad who give so tirelessly.

Newletter 23: "Rising from the Rubble: From Surviving to Living"

Our thoughts on the recent Ecuador earthquake and our role.

Newletter 22: "El Trueque: What is Cultural Exchange?"

A look into the practice and purpose of cultural exchange.

Newletter 21: "Revolutionary Education"

An update on our Rehearsing Change program and preview of the upcoming Fall 2016 semester.

Newletter 20: "On Radical Expression"

Being radically rooted and radically participatory in social change.

Newletter 19: "The Fisherman and the Gringo"

Looking at 2015... our reflections, celebrations and dreams.

Newletter 18: "The Creative Dialogue"

A look into what constitutes a dialogue and how we at Pachaysana practice the Creative Dialogue

Newsletter 17: "Decolonizing our Imaginations"

It is time to rethink how we do education and the first step is decolonizing it.

Newsletter 16: "Our Collaborations"

Pachaysana is only able to do so much because of our many partnerships. Read about our IFSA-Butler collaboration & more.

Newsletter 15: "Our Summer Projects"

Learn about some amazing community projects and the work of our volunteers and interns.

Newsletter 14: "Fair Trade Study Abroad is Possible!"

A summary of our pilot semester of Rehearsing Change, with statistics and evaluations.

Newsletter 13: "How you can contribute to Pachaysana"

A quick update on the Rehearsing Change program, as well as a few ways you can be part of the change.

Newsletter 12: "Stories make our lives matter"

A lesson on what makes our lives matter. Also, links to some photos of our Rehearsing Change program.

Newsletter 11: "Seeking balance through study abroad"

Some insight into the pilot of our semester-long Rehearsing Change program

Newsletter 10: "End of the Year Reflection"

A few words to sum up Pachaysana's work in 2014

Newsletter 9: "Rehearsing Change Goes on Tour"

An overview of our recent visits to universities and colleges in the USA. 

Newsletter 8: "Education for Community-Based Tourism"

A summary of the Final Report after a year-long project with the community of Mariscal. 

Newsletter 7: "Embracing Experience"

Stories from our recent interns and program participants. 

Newsletter 6: "Study Abroad that Makes a Difference"

How Rehearsing Change seeks to transform study abroad. 

Newsletter 5: "The Earth is our Life"

Our work with an indigenous community's stuggle to regain its ancestral lands. 

Newsletter 4: "Living Locally, Thinking Globally"

A closer look at the philosophy of our work. 

Newsletter 3: "Searching for Balance"

A close look into one of our short-term multicultural programs. 

Newsletter 2: "What is Rehearsing Change"

A more detailed introduction to our philosophy and methodology. 

Newsletter 1: "The Pachaysana Institute"

A general introduction to who we are. 


Rehearsing Change Application Deadlines

Fall 2017

Early Admission - Mar 15

Regular Admission - Oct 15

Summer 2017 Short Term Program Deadline

Short term groups take extra planning and coordination with communities. If you are interested, we ask that you make your inquiries by

March 1, 2017.

Newsletter 37: "Stories are Medicine"

Our latest endeavors explore the relationship between narrative, identity and health.

© 2014 by The Pachaysana Institute. 

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