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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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September 2, 2018

I’m writing this from Tzawata, the small Amazonian community in which I’ve been living for the past 3 weeks. We are going back to Quito tomorrow, and then the program is ending and I’m going back to the United States. I feel a strange combination of relief and excitement to see my family again and to go back to all the comforts of American life like fast wi-fi and being able to use my credit card everywhere, but also a certain amount of unwillingness to leave and dread to go back to what I would consider “my real life.” Although in some ways life here is much mor...

April 10, 2018

"Gringo" is a Term of Endearment

When I first got to Ecuador, I couldn’t believe how much I saw things I recognized, from characters on television shows to imported candy bars to brand name clothes with English writing on them. On the bus, in the mall and even on the iPod’s of my Ecuadorian friends, I constantly hear songs in English that at one point were also popular in the US, (not always the currently popular ones). I see signs that are in both Spanish and English to cater to the tourists that come here, and I see food chains I thought were distinctly North Am...

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