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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.

Kernels of Wisdom

May 6, 2020

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January 13, 2017

From Pachaysana: As we move from one semester to the next in our Rehearsing Change program, and think about our international students who recently left us, we post this reflection from Spring 2016 student, Stephanie Kridlo, who just graduated from American University (felicitaciones). Thanks for your thoughts on the very important topic of "where" we do education. 

When talking about a university education, ‘where’ often takes a backseat. Don’t get me wrong, a gorgeous campus can make or break a college hopeful’s decision. But I’ll bet my money that if all o...

September 12, 2016

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)...

July 3, 2016

Acting. It’s the big stage, bright lights, big city right? It’s the hope to make it into a major motion picture or on Broadway and get a star on the walk of fame. Acting, as a career, is for those who dedicate years to studying it or those born with unmatched talent. For the rest, acting is an outlet, an arts-based hobby. Right?

These were my early, simple thoughts about acting, but it’s true. When I started college, I gave up all my wonderful ‘extracurriculars’ – band, choir, theater – all because I didn’t think there was enough time for the arts in my life. More...

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