Student Blogger Study Abroad

Decolonizing Education: Indigenous Communities in Ecuador

A very important part of Kichwa culture in Ecuador is the idea of Sumak Kawsay, which is Kichwa for live well, and equates life to the nature. During our stay in Cotacachi and Otavalo, I have realized that I need to work hard to decolonize and re-order the hierarchy in my mind to better serve the earth and communities around the world. Read More »

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Student Blogger Study Abroad

Field Visit to the Manglares

Over the course of our program in Ecuador, there are three included field visits. The first one was to Yasuní National Park, which is part of the Amazon Rainforest, about twelve hours from Quito. The second, which we just had this past week, was to Manabí, a coastal region about six hours away from Quito. Read More »

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Student Blogger Study Abroad

First Impressions of Ecuador

After talking to my professors and finding out that the classes would count towards both my Spanish and Sociology majors, I decided to go for it. After I did a quick google search on Ecuador and found out that it had mountains, rainforests, and beaches, I was sold. Read More »

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Student Blogger Study Abroad

Reflections on a Semester in Quito: Art, Connection, and Close-knit Community

Each semester, one student from each HECUA program abroad takes on the role of student blogger, sending regular dispatches from the field. Emily Bruell will be HECUA’s student blogger for the Community Internships in Latin America program this fall semester. Emily is a junior at Carleton College, majoring in English Literature and minoring in Spanish. Click here […] Read More »

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Student Blogger Study Abroad

Mi Sueña Suela: Rap and Reflection on the Quito bus

So I was interested in the bus-riders even before I met Miguel Acosta and his friends. And while I could try to describe the space they created — how the trolley fell silent when Erwin started to play the violin, how passengers were steadily drawn in when the others started to rap, marking the rhythm with heads or feet or fingers — I couldn’t capture it quite as much as this video. Read More »

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Student Blogger Study Abroad

Love Among the Mangroves – More from Emily in Ecuador

Writing this in the back of the bus, as we wind our way through the mountains and back to Quito, I have mixed emotions. I’m angry at the corporate greed and consumer shortsightedness that threatens the mangroves, and worried about this ecosystem and the communities that depend on it. But I’m also so grateful... Read More »

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Student Blogger Study Abroad

Warm Welcomes, Shaken Tailfeathers – First Days in Ecuador

In my home community, tail-wiggling is not a typical activity to partake in in front of a group of new acquaintances ranging from 6-77 years. It is, in fact, closer to a nightmare scenario. Read More »

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Student Blogger Study Abroad

The most biodiverse place in the world – Alexa in Ecuador

First on the agenda was a “toxi-tour.” In the Amazon, there are valuable petroleum deposits. Specifically in Ecuador, these petroleum deposits give life to the economy. Here is the issue – the damage petroleum extraction does to flourishing environment is completely devastating. The struggle of finding a solution is even more devastating. What should a country like Ecuador do? A country that is economically funded by the market of petroleum, but also a country that contains the most biodiverse area in the entire planet. Read More »

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Student Blogger Study Abroad

The Value of Feeling Uncomfortable – Alexa in Ecuador

Photo credit: Alexa Jokinen. Each semester, one student from each HECUA program abroad takes on the role of student blogger, sending regular dispatches from the field. Alexa Jokinen will be HECUA’s student blogger for the Community Internships in Latin America program this spring semester. Alexa is a sophomore at the College of St. Scholastica in […] Read More »

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HECUA faculty

Martha Moscoso, Ecuador

We love highlighting the stories of students here on the HECUA blog, but occasionally we’d also like to introduce you to members of our hardworking staff and faculty. You can view any of the faculty profiles on our blog by clicking on the “HECUA faculty” link in the blog categories. Today’s subject is HECUA’s Community […] Read More »

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