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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.

Modernization versus Culture

It is extremely important that we share all kinds of creative work with our readers. In today's entry, we introduce you to Clay Reichart (pictured here with Meghan Tenorio... photo courtesy of Meghan). Clay will be a senior at Juniata College and was an exchange students at our partner university, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, participating in the BCA Study Abroad program. His whole program cohort joined Pachaysana for one of our Toxic Tours and community-based tourism exchanges for a period of one week. Clay was very moved by the experience and in the final project for his program, he created a short poem to express how the week affected his outlook on life, most especially his views

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