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Emily Hockett

Emily is passionate about social justice. She is involved in women's advocacy, climate change education, and legal aid. Her goals for the year are to expand her worldview, become a part of a new community, and apply her passions to the work she does in Ecuador.


The Bus

March 10, 2014

Arriving at a seemingly random corner in Otavalo, I said goodbye to the other Global Citizen Year fellows in my region, and stepped onto the street. Nervously placing my backpack on the sidewalk, I looked around. A large yellow bus pulled up, and a family of four came out with flowers, balloons, and pineapple upside-down...

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Exploring New Territory

November 13, 2013

After two months here, I feel as if I am slowly becoming an Otavaleña. I wake up at six every morning to the sound of my host sister getting ready for school (though she tries to be quiet, I am a sensitive sleeper). Since I am already awake, I get up pop on my running...

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Week 1 of Otavalian Life

October 2, 2013

After months of preparation and orientation, we were heading to our communities for real. I was the first to be dropped off, and my family arrived with balloons and flowers for me and pineapple cake for our entire group. My host mom, Tania, was crying and I gave “besos” to my host dad Jamie, 14...

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July 16, 2013

I am sure all of you have had some interaction with those long, sometimes harsh posts on the Internet about controversial issues. These can range from current events, sports games, or even the tragic downfall of a particular celebrity. Reading these comments, which are usually full of strong language and conflicting opinions, I frequently find myself outraged, disturbed, thrilled, or...

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