Elise Rockwell

Elise is passionate about music, art and dancing. She is involved in the fight for equality in all areas, environmental sustainability and the access to good education for all people no matter their income or age. Her goals for the year include growing as an independent person, becoming more open to new experiences, and appreciating the highs and lows that come with being in a new environment. Her favorite quote is "Fear is the mind killer" from the science fiction novel Dune.


Growing Pains

(Before we start, just know this blog was written over the course of a month.)  As I think about my past 4 months in Ecuador, both a lot and a little come to mind. Part of me feels like I have been here for no time at all, knowing I will always be a foreigner….

28 December, 2019

The Paro Blog

They said October would be hard. And it has been. Just not in the way I expected. For 12 days, national protests paralyzed the entire country of Ecuador because of a new deal the president signed involving the IMF (International Monetary Fund.)  I could go into specifics but you can read up on that in…

26 October, 2019

The Power of "Sí"

If I had to sum up all my emotions into one experience since I have been living in Ecuador with my host family, it would be as such: We had finished eating dinner and normally I would say goodnight and head upstairs but I see my host mother putting on a sweater. I assume she…

24 September, 2019

My Own Hero’s Journey

My name is Elise Rockwell, and I am moving to Ecuador for 7 months with the program Global Citizen Year.    There are plenty of things I could write about, but I am not going to write about what my future holds in the next year because you will see that for yourself (if you so…

24 August, 2019

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