Abigail Mann

Abby is passionate about language, culture, writing, and the world in general. She is involved in activism aimed at securing equal rights for all people, but she focuses her efforts mainly on women and members of the LGBTQ+ community. Her goals for the year are to become fluent in Spanish, broaden her horizons, and see the world through a different lens. She is excited to immerse herself in an entirely new culture with entirely new people. The wise words of Andrew from The Breakfast Club capture Abby's worldview pretty completely: "we're all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it, that's all."

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María (Mi Mamá)

María has been my mamá since September 7, 2019, and she’s one of the toughest, most resilient, and most caring women I’ve ever had the pleasure to know.  My mamá has been through a lot. She grew up with a father who firmly believed that a woman’s place was in the kitchen, and her purpose…

15 February, 2020

Ya Falta Poco Tiempo

I left my home in Stonington, Connecticut in late August thinking that 7 months was a ridiculously long period of time. I thought I’d miss all my friends and my family, and I thought I’d want to come home before my time was up. Oh, how wrong I was. Of course, home is still home,…

08 February, 2020

Family Meets Familia: An Ecua-Adventure

This post is ridiculously overdue, but hey, better late than never, right? My two previously very separate worlds collided on December 24, 2019 when my fantastic mom, dad, and brothers all visited me here in Cuenca, Ecuador.  They landed in Guayaquil on the 23rd and took a somewhat long van ride all the way to…

03 February, 2020

A Tale of a Rude Chihuahua and Joining the Family

When I arrived at my home for this year, I was immediately welcomed into the Morocho-Guapacasa family by all of my new relatives… Well, almost all of them. There was one family member who made it clear from the start that he did not like me one bit. He yapped loudly, growled at me, and…

07 October, 2019

Rice, Juice, and Spoons

Everyone always says that the staples for mealtime in Ecuador are rice and mote. Well, I have had a different experience. At least in my house, the staples are rice, juice, and spoons.  Rice: I have not eaten a single meal, other than breakfast, that did not involve a lot of rice. Rice usually takes…

04 October, 2019

Living the Stories

Before coming to Ecuador, I had no idea what to expect. That was a terrifying feeling. I wanted to make that feeling disappear as much as possible, so I read as many stories as I could about what previous Global Citizen Year had experienced during their time. I started to get a picture in my…

28 September, 2019

Looking Forward

I deferred from Mount Holyoke College exactly 24 days ago.  That is the best example I can think of to show how hard the decision not to go to college this year was for me… I have never been a decisive person. I strongly dislike making decisions, and I am a heavy procrastinator. This particular…

31 August, 2019

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