Student Blogger

How to return from a study abroad semester in Ecuador.

A mini-reunion of Hecua Ecuador students– In St. Paul, MN! We were lucky enough to have three student bloggers from the Community Internships in Latin America program in Ecuador in Spring of 2017. This week, Maya Swope, a Macalester College student majoring in Environmental Studies and Geography returns to the blog for her post-program analysis. […] Read More »

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Alumni Profile

Alumni Profile: Adrian Benjamin

Welcome to HECUA’s Alumni Profile series. Each month we’ll catch up with a HECUA alumni, and see how their time in a HECUA classroom influenced their career goals, their life in the community, and their pursuit of continued education. If you or a friend would like to participate in this series, please email lohmans@hecua.org. This month […] Read More »

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Study Abroad

Buses, female empowerment, and guinea pigs: internships in Quito

When I arrive at the farm, I change into my work clothes and put on my big green rubber boots. I’m usually freezing in the morning, so I bundle up with a long sleeve shirt, sweatshirt, and rain jacket. The day starts and I help out with whatever needs to be done on the farm; usually this involves planting, weeding, feeding the cuy (guinea pigs) and chickens, and preparing produce to be sold. Read More »

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Study Abroad Uncategorized

Field visits in the Amazon – More from Maya Swope

Photo credit: Jack Buettner. We’re lucky enough to have three student bloggers from the Community Internships in Latin America program in Ecuador this semester. You’ll have the chance to hear from all three over the next few months! This week, Maya Swope, a Macalester College student majoring in Environmental Studies and Geography returns to the blog. You […] Read More »

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Study Abroad

Are we really working in Ecuador? – Student Blogger Delaney

We’re lucky enough to have three student bloggers from the Community Internships in Latin America program in Ecuador this semester. You’ll have the chance to hear from all three over the next few months! Last month we introduced you to Maya Swope, a Macalester College student majoring in Environmental Studies and Geography. You can read Maya’s […] Read More »

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Study Abroad

Ecuadorian election observations – Maya Swope, student blogger

I don’t know that I’ve been here long enough to really know who is better for the country, but I’ve seen the election through the eyes of my host parents, my professors, and coworkers-- all of whom provide a different take on the situation. Hearing all these different sides is both confusing and enlightening. As a foreigner, everyone is really willing to take time to explain the campaign to me from their point of view, which I love. Read More »

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Student Blogger

More from Ecuador Blogger Erin McIntosh

Three short days ago I was sitting in a teal canoe surrounded by my classmates observing the tallest mangroves in the world. We were learning that the composition of these marine forests absorb 8 times more carbon dioxide than a comparable plot of your average land forest. Read More »

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Student Blogger

Introducing Ecuador student blogger – Erin McIntosh

Speaking Spanish in literally all areas of life here on our trip has made for a combination of fulfilling, challenging, and stimulating feelings that ebb and flow with the pace of each social situation. Read More »

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Student Blogger

Oil extraction in the Amazon – Alex’s story

Using the footage that I recorded in Ecuador during the month of January, and Allison's feedback, I created this mini documentary on the oil extraction that is happening in the Amazon. Read More »

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