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Welcome to the Pachaysana Blog. We open this space to further the dialogue on many themes related to our work in community development and international education. We will post 1 or 2 times a month and would love to hear your thoughts, so please reply and offer comments or questions.


We also seek out guest bloggers. Please let us know if you would like to write about any of our themes: community development, international education, arts and social justice, alternative forms of education, fair trade learning, decolonial education, cultural identity, among others.

The views expressed in our blog are those of Pachaysana and our writers and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or identities of our partner communities and organizations.

The Fisherman and the Gringo

People often ask about our work with small rural communities in the Amazon region and whether or not, as outsiders, we are concerned about having a negative impact. It is both my favorite and most painful question because no matter how many times I have answered, it always takes me into the deepest reflection. My response always starts by reminding the questioner that we only work with communities that are already experiencing significant interventions from the outside world. While these interventions are different in nature, they imply the need to adapt to a globalized world. Whether the oil industry, mining companies or simply the effects of the free market system convincing them to engage

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