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Holly Shankin

Holly Shankin is passionate about women's right, fair trade, and being a part of her community. She has been involved in an organization called Witness for Peace, which supports the Americas in keeping justice, and creating successful economies by changing US policies. She is interested in studying engineering in hopes to make the world more sustainable and accessible to less privileged communities. Her goals for the year are to become comfortable in a new home and country, learn Spanish, and eat a lot of new food! I am inspired by all of the people who are full of hope and love.


The Venezuela in my Ecuador

May 22, 2019

I would like to take a second and acknowledge how immigration has affected my experience in Ecuador. The crisis in Venezuela has forced roughly 3,000 Venezuelans to flee their country every day, and a lot of people were making their way through, or to Ecuador. Living in Ibarra, which the panamericana (main highway going border...

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January 3, 2019

I want to make a blog post about the recent holidays that we have celebrated here!! For la Navidad we didn’t do anything during the day, and I mean until probably 4 or 5 literally nothing happened. At 6 I went to my old host family’s house and gave the two boys some toy cars...

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Two Months without a Comfort Zone

November 15, 2018

I want to start this blog by saying that Ecuador is beautiful, and not just it’s landscape. This country is full of vergüenza but everyone still loves to dance, and the kids still scream Teacher even though they don’t know it means profe. The sky is so full of clouds every night that I can’t...

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The Beginning

August 31, 2018

A lot is happening in this week before I leave for California, and let me tell you it is not easy. A week full of anxiety and seemingly empty of everything else. It’s really, for lack of a better word, weird. While visiting my friends and sisters at college my feelings are jumbled up all...

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