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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.

Oil and Water: Reflections from the Toxic Tour

After visiting a community in the Amazon heavily affected by toxic waste, Olivia wrote “Oil and Water.” Below are her lyrics and reflection from this experience. Oil and Water I lost myself on cobbled roads Left a piece of me beneath each stone I saw my hands, they were blacker than coal I washed them and your river swallowed me whole The drive is winding up and down The highway cutting through this mountain town And I got no sleep at all last night I arose to bloody noses, sparkling in the light Who will I be When the clock's reset and you're just a memory? Shame on me I built my house by cutting down your tree We taught each other melodies we knew all day yesterday I wonder

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