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Elisa Portz


Correoucu, Ca̱ar, Ecuador

January 31, 2015

Greetings from Correoucu, Ecuador! I have been living in my placement community for about three months now. My indigenous host family is more than I could ever ask for. I live with my host mother, Narcisa, host father, JosÌ© MarÌ_a, and my three host sisters: MarÌ_a JosÌ© (13), Sara (16), and Lourdes (18). We started...

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“Welcome home, mi hija!”

October 7, 2014

I have found Ecuadorian people to be very hospitable. My host family has made me part of their family. They have really taken me into their home and welcomed me greatly. This morning I asked my host mom if I could do my laundry and she said yes, so I went to get my dirty...

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The Leap of Faith

August 12, 2014

As I finish up my last days at Watertown High School, graduating, saying goodbye to longtime classmates, I am gearing up for a year different than your typical high school grad. This year I’m taking a bridge year between high school and college. A year for me to gain global perspective, to meet new people,...

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