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Antoinette Cavagnolo

Antoinette is passionate about helping others and social justice. In her senior year of High School she started a Latinos Unidos club and put on cultural events. She helped organize bachata dance classes, guest speakers and cultural food days to expose students to Latino and Chicano culture. Her goals for this year as a Global Citizen Year fellow is to become fluent in spanish and to get out of her comfort zone."When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace."-Jimi Hendrix


How to Use Scorpion Oil

April 4, 2017

———- Forwarded message ———-From: "antoinette venegas" <> Subject: How to Use Scorpion OilTo: "Antoinette Cavagnolo" <>Cc:   When I first moved into my host families house in Carpuela I noticed this bottle in the house. I didn't think much of it because I assumed it was a bottle filled with hibiscus flowers. One day while...

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Natural Medicines of Ecuador

February 1, 2017

Advantages of Natural Medicine Lower cost Widespread availability Less side effects Natural and non-toxic   History of Natural Medicine People have used natural medicine long before recorded history. The first recordings of natural medicine goes back to 3,000B.C. In the 19th century scientist began extracting active ingredients from plants. Chemist began making their own version...

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What The Holidays are About

January 6, 2017

Christmas was challenging  without my family this year. I couldn't avoid fantasizing  about the Puerto Rican pasteles my grandma makes.  Everyone sitting around the table, laughing, and eating our traditional yearly meal.  Instead, I  ate new foods, experienced new traditions and sat at a different table with different people. Also coming to find out all...

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How I Became a Dental Assistant at Age 18

January 6, 2017

Coming into Ecuador I didn't know what to expect. I thought it would be a little easier since I grew up in a Mexican/ Puerto Rican household. I grew up with Hector Lavoe and Spanish speakers.  I found little things throughout my day that reminded me of home and felt familiar in my first days...

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Salchipapas con Carne

December 6, 2016

On the bus ride to Ibarra from Quito (the capital of Ecuador), I was impatient and excited to meet my new host family. I sat listening to Sticky Fingers and admiring the scenery of Ecuador. From the curvaceous mountains that scraped the clouds and covered in emerald green to the bright blue sky that seemed...

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Why I Chose to Take a Year as A Global Citizen

November 14, 2016

Attending college was my goal throughout all four years of high school and I met with mentors and counselors regularly to keep me on track. Throughout high school I remained involved in my school's AVID (Advanced Via Individual Determination) program and outside of school I was involved with Huckleberry Wellness Academy and Summer Search. After...

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