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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.

Rehearsing change... until we are able to make it happen

My name is Edgar Arbaiza (pictured, surrounded by children from the community of Tzawata) and as a student of Humanitarian Action, I do believe that we all can rehearse a change until we are able to make it happen. I have to say that when I first arrived in Ecuador and met all the people from Rehearsing Change (RC) I was kind of scared because I did not really know what to expect from Pachaysana. Even though I had some conversations with Daniel (Executive Director of Pachaysana) and I had read the website a thousand times, I couldn’t really grasp what “Rehearsing change” meant, so I was worried that I might have made the wrong decision by coming here. However, there was also this feeling of

Don’t Call Me an Actress, Call Me an Actr-ivist

Acting. It’s the big stage, bright lights, big city right? It’s the hope to make it into a major motion picture or on Broadway and get a star on the walk of fame. Acting, as a career, is for those who dedicate years to studying it or those born with unmatched talent. For the rest, acting is an outlet, an arts-based hobby. Right? These were my early, simple thoughts about acting, but it’s true. When I started college, I gave up all my wonderful ‘extracurriculars’ – band, choir, theater – all because I didn’t think there was enough time for the arts in my life. More importantly, I felt like I had to prioritize what I was studying, and I couldn’t seem to figure out how to unite international de

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