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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.

TIPUTINI: Where we study nature's community to learn about our own

Nestled deep in the pura selva (pure jungle) of the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest is the incredible Tiputini Biodiversity Station. Founded by professor, scientist and Pachaysana collaborator Kelly Swing, with the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (Pachaysana’s academic partner) and collaboration from Boston University, Tiputini boasts an untouched array of Amazonian flora and fauna. And yet, it’s just a glimpse into the myriad of species the rainforest has to offer. (Stephanie in front of just one of thousands of enormous trees in the Ecuadorian Amazon) For over 20 years, Tiputini has served as a site of research for ecologists, biologists, and “-ologists” of all kinds. However, this year, T

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