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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.

El Trueque: Reflexión del primer día de clases

Nuestro primer Blog en español!!!! Leer sobre el primer día de clases en el programa El Trueque (Rehearsing Change) desde la perspectiva de Shelo, nuestro participante de Popayán, Colombia. But don't skip this entry just because it is in Spanish! If you don't read Spanish, you can get a decent idea of Shelo's writing and the experience from our first day of class by putting it into Google Translate and reading it there. Shelo is our one international participant not from the USA; instead, he comes from Popayan, Colombia. Invited by our counterpart-host institution, the Nina Shunku Association, he is living at Nina Shunku and participating in the program as everyone else, whether they are in

On Radical Expression

My given name is Queen Nefertiti Shabazz. My social names include: Underrepresented. Black. Woman. The labels of my social position have a paradoxical power of simultaneously uplifting and debilitating. Roughly ten years ago, my social identity as an “at-risk youth” was silencing. I had no audience to talk about the struggles of growing up in a single parent household. No one knew that the “at-risk” experience featured 40 minute BART rides, from Berkeley to San Francisco, just so that I could get to school every day. I wanted to vocalize my experience as a young person growing up in the Bay Area, California, because I knew no one really understood the depth of being “at risk.” When I sought

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