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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.

From the Bronx to Quito: Hip Hop and Liberation

During the summer of 2018, Pachaysana, along with Casa Machankara, Cultural Center Nina Shunku, and the Nunkei Zulu Collective, collaborated on a community based research project, focused on the healing potential of Hip Hop. Together, we conducted 6 focus groups and several individual semi structured interviews to members of this community. We overwhelming observed that Hip Hop had transformative impacts on the lives of Hip Hoppas through dialogue with locals participants. “We were born to be free and Hip Hop also helps us to be free. I mean, I feel good when I am creating rymes, listening to rap, sketching cause I also love to sketch. I feel myself there. I am me, being Hip Hop” -B Girl F

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