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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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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 6, 2018

“Cock-a-doodle-dooooo,” the rooster shrieks. It’s 2am. I drain out the noise, knowing that I have another hour or two before I have to wake up.

“Liza warmi!” my host mom screams.  This alarm is not one that I can snooze. My vision is still blurred by the hazy darkness, but I know that it must be around 4am. It is time for guayusa.

I untangle myself from my mosquito net and climb outside to soak up the heat from the burning candela.  More people accumulate, as the tea steeps and steams.

An elder tells a tale of the community from m...

April 21, 2018

Kisses fly from body to body to body because cariñoso is a community standard

Mande, a people whose identity was once ripped from their bodies by subservience to incas, to los hombres blancos.

But beneath this white paint, pokes out hints of a rainbow too brillante to be completely obscured by europe’s ominous shadow

Frases como achachay y wawa pepper their speech with their raices, they can not escape the powerful draw of the sunshine on the mountain.

My host mother tells me of the beauty of su sobrina “que bella, ella es como una gringa!” she exclaims from a beauti...

October 21, 2015

Our blog this week comes from our current Pachaysana intern, Elizabeth Fuhrman. She is an international student spending a semester at our partner institution, Universidad San Francisco de Quito. After spending a week immersed in Pachaysana projects as part of a week-long educational experience comprised of a “Toxic Tour” and community home stays, Elizabeth applied to be an intern. In this writing she captures the impact one experiences when first engaging the joys and pains of the work we do. Enjoy…


 (Getting my face painted with traditional berry-type fruit cal...

October 5, 2015

As Daniel expressed so well in his first blog entry, it is time to rethink the big questions of education so that they include stories of global interconnectedness. We must find a way to ensure that education values every person, and maybe every living being, as equal key players in a transformative, creative dialogue.


I would like to suggest here that an essential element to imagining these new types of learning environments can be found through Decolonial Education. The conjuncture of these two ideas (Decolonial + Education) is fundamentally necessary as educat...

August 28, 2015

This blog entry is meant to be interactive. It is designed to be read in about 5 minutes, with four short 1 to 2 minute breaks for reflection-expression. I find it best to do this with a pencil/pen and paper, so if you still use those things, then get them out. Here we go…


Wherever you are in life, I want you to look back on your experiences in formal education thus far. Think of school/college/institute, where you learned from teachers, books and fellow classmates. What are the dominant images? Focus in on these images and see them in movement, so that it is...

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