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Elizabeth Warren

From Chiefland, Floria, Beth couldn’t be more excited to be joining Global Citizen Year. Beth is a co-captain of her school’s cheerleading squad, was in her schools annual Pow Wow skit for four years, loves to read, sing, dance and is currently learning to play the acoustic guitar; but her true passion is raising awareness about Autism and special needs in children.

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May 22, 2012

For my last blog I wanted to write on returning to America, saying goodbye to my Global Citizen Year family and being back in the South. Arriving to America was just unbelievable that we were actually back, getting into a car where we actually had to wear seat belts and seeing everything as we were...

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Goodbyes Are Not Forever

May 22, 2012

When I had first arrived in Ibarra, I thought that it was going to be the longest 7 months of my life and when the time came for me to get ready to leave, all I could think was, “Where did those 7 months go?” Was it really time for me to leave? At that...

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Five Days of Carnaval Craziness

May 21, 2012

Carnaval is five days of pure craziness and fun, be prepared to get very dirty and wet and when you leave the house, leave the house prepared to fight. Carnaval started the first weekend of February, kids were out of school and there was no work for that Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The first day...

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La Caminata del Quiche

May 21, 2012

“La Caminata del Quinche,” is a pilgrimage that started over 400 years ago, that the people of the Catholic churches participate in every year. I´m not Catholic, but I thought it would be a great cultural experience and cool to participate in, so two other Fellows and I met up around 3p.m. Friday afternoon at the...

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Better In Time…

April 17, 2012

Who can believe that it has already been eights months since I left my small town in Florida and came to live and volunteer in Ibarra, Ecuador. Only 18 years old and just out of high school, I was entering a whole other world and life than what I was used to. My first month...

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Ecuaproblems

April 17, 2012

In any country you go into you are more than likely going to run into problems, some may be bad or just plain funny. I have my share of problems here in Ecuador, which I like to call Ecuaproblems! First, one of the problems I struggled with when I first got to Ecuador was the...

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Wednesday Teacher

February 16, 2012

Every Wednesday, I get up at 5a.m., get ready and I’m at the bus terminal by 6:15 am to take a bus that goes by the road to the school about 30 minutes outside of Ibarra. I have to pay attention to make sure I don’t miss my stop, because the school is in a rural...

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Feeling Like Family

December 30, 2011

When I first arrived in Ibarra for my home-stay week, I was filled with mixed emotions of meeting and becoming part of my second family in Ecuador; the family I would be living with until returning to the United States in April. I was excited, anxious and nervous, but my first week there was good: my family...

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A New Family

November 8, 2011

We had been in Quito for four days and the next day, we were meeting our Quito families, who we would be living with for the next month. The night before and that same morning, we were filled with excitement and nervousness, wondering how our stays would turn out and what living with a family...

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Seeing Ibarra

November 7, 2011

Sometimes you may be looking, but not really seeing. This was something I had experienced during my first visit to Ibarra, I was here for a week to meet my family, to visit my job, and also to see where I´ll be living over the next seven months, but even though I was in a...

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A Whole New World

September 7, 2011

I live in a city that is located in a valley between moutains, it’s 9300 miles above sea level, the city is 3 miles wide and 20 miles long, this city is my current home for the next month. This city is Quito, Ecuador. A year ago today I would’t have pictured myself attending Stanford...

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A Silent Hike, Me?

August 22, 2011

Stanford University is gorgeous! California weather is like Florida’s fall weather, in one day of travel I went from super hot and humid summer weather to cool, nice Cali weather. One of the more awesome things here is that all of us Fellows get along great! Thursday, during the morning session we explored Mindfulness, finding...

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Why I chose Global Citizen Year

July 14, 2011

I already knew I wanted to take a year off, one of the main reason being I had changed my mind on what I wanted to do and major in at least twenty times. I didn’t want to go to college unsure and I thought a year off would be great. Now all I had...

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