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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.

Re-storying Metaphors as Decolonization

August 5, 2020

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November 20, 2018

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...

October 3, 2018

“Hip Hop has been my salvation. If would have never met Hip Hop I don’t know where I would be. I love Hip Hop.”

 (Laksmi B-Girl)

From its birth in the 70’s in the Bronx of New York, Hip Hop has crossed borders and surpassed generations to reach many hearts of youth around the world. The youth of Quito are no exception.

Quito has a vibrant Hip Hop community which continues to grow and impact the culture of the city and the lives of many. This summer, Pachaysana in collaboration with the University of Northwestern, Cultural Center Nina Shunku, and Casa Machankara emba...

August 1, 2017

Since I can remember I was a dreamer, una soñadora. Like many of my classmates, I got constantly called out for staring at the window day dreaming instead of pouring all my attention to the teacher’s lecture. I liked to imagine what the world would look like once I was a “grown up”, or how would it feel like to fly, or be another person in a different reality. That is why the one day a week I had Theater class was such a gift. In this class I could play and move beyond imagining to embodying my thoughts. If I wished, I could be less of a “girl” and explore being...

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