Grace Peel

Grace Peel is passionate about music and human rights. She is involved in LGBTQ+ activism, intersectional feminism, and encouraging understanding across social and cultural boundaries. Her goals for the year are to form close bonds with new people, learn more about Ecuadorian culture, explore areas of interest that she did not consider previously, and become more aware of global issues. Her favorite quote is, "When bad things happen, I know you want to believe they are a joke, but sometimes life is scary and dark. That is why we must find the light." -BMO (Adventure Time)



I only have 3 mornings left in Iluman, the small town in the Sierras of Ecuador that has become my home. Only 3 more breakfasts spent playing with my baby host brother and his cars and action figures, taking breaks every couple of minutes to…

31 March, 2019

On Insticts

It was 10:30 AM on a Saturday morning. I walked out of a tienda near the bus terminal in Otavalo with a new $15 SD card in hand. I was pretty sure it wasn’t actually compatible with my camera, but I had to buy it…

19 October, 2018

The Cure for Homesickness?

It happened on the second day, right after breakfast. I called my mom for the first time since arriving at my host family’s house. We talked about how great my host family is, how beautiful Illuman (my new town) is, how excited I am to…

12 September, 2018

From Summer Camp to a Bridge Year

I’ve always made fun of Camp Kids. By that, I mean people who have gone to camp every summer since age 6; the people who became counselors once they were too old to be campers. Summer camp was never for me. I never identified with…

07 September, 2018

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