Aniska Bitomsky

Aniska is passionate about helping others and saving the planet. She is involved in environmental and animal right activism and Model United Nations. Her goals for the year are to form close friendships, be inspired by an unknown culture and learn life-lessons about human interactions with the environment and other humans.<br/>My two favorite quotes are: "The greatest success we'll know is helping others succeed and grow" - Gregory Scott Reid & "The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it" - Robert Swan

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Rethinking the purpose of my gap year

As you guys know the situation over the past few weeks in Ecuador has been everything but pleasant. Without wanting to go into too much detail, the president cut the subsidies on fuel, protests broke out, public transportation strikes prevented any normal routine from happening…

17 October, 2019

Another blog

Hey guys, First, Thank you for following this email blog type of thingy! However, to be honest, I have been increasingly annoyed by this format as it does not allow me to include as many pictures as I would like to or format everything as…

12 October, 2019

Being a white woman (gringa) in Ecuador

(Check out the pictures at the end to get an insight what I do at my apprenticeship in the tourism office!) Being a white woman in Ecuador. I was visiting my friend, another girl from Germany, in the small town of Paute. We got ourselves…

08 October, 2019

Street art in Gualaceo

This blog post is going to feature more pictures as I realized that the last two posts were quite wordy…. I was walking around Gualaceo today taking short video clips for my work (I am volunteering in the tourism office of the municipality for all…

06 October, 2019

The Ecuadorian way of life

Two weeks ago today I arrived at my host family ‘s and a lot has happened since then. I explored the area, started working in the town’s municipality and had my first debrief circle in the warm Yungilla valley. A couple of things have surprised…

28 September, 2019

Some thoughts about the meaning of home

(See attachments for picture) Day 3 with my host family. I am sitting on my balcony and just came back from Cuenca from my firs language class. On the bus back I was a little overwhelmed by emotions and tried to sort out my thoughts,…

21 September, 2019

Impressions of the last two weeks (2)

Aaand we continue with Quito   Street dogs are everywhere in Ecuador, however, most of them do not look sick or starved. Wuhu, a pretty balcony. Cuenca (the city where I have my Spanish classes and which is closest to Gualaceo where I live) Cuenca…

11 September, 2019

Impressions of the last two weeks

Hola gente,  As promised I am finally sharing some pictures with you! (However, unfortunately, for some of them I did not have the settings quite right which is why they are a little grainy) San Francisco The number of US flags displayed on every street…

11 September, 2019

"Like" & "Y’all"

It’s the morning of the second day of orientation week at Stanford university. So far, I’ve been overwhelmed with first impressions and the obscurity of some of my experiences. This feeling first arose on my first transatlantic flight from Lisbon to the US. Somewhere over the…

31 August, 2019

Why I chose Ecuador

From: Aniska Bitomsky Sent: Monday, 19 August, 10:49 Subject: Why I chose Ecuador To: updates@globalcitizenyear.com Hey folks, Writing my first blog post is kind of exciting and scary, but here we go. I came back from the Ecuadorian consulate in London yesterday and finally received…

19 August, 2019

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