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Jane Tobias

Jane is passionate about foreign cultures, and social activism. She is involved in teaching English as a second language to elementary school students and gardening. Her goals for next year are to immerse herself in the language and culture of her new community in Ecuador, and gain skills and insights that will lead her to a stronger understanding of the path she'd like to pursue in college and beyond.

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My Pockets Are Filled With Rocks

June 2, 2015

I peeled out of the bicycle repair shop onto the busy road happy to be riding my bike again. After weeks of gray skies and unrelenting rain the sun emerged and the streets of Puyo were soaked in golden sunlight. I cruised down the street, blissfully humming to myself as I passed through clouds of...

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The Key

June 1, 2015

I’m sitting in front of my house waiting for my family to get home. The Cancha is empty and dark. People walk by in pairs and taxis zoom down the street. The sky is a black blue color. The storm clouds look heavy and dark. Is that buzzing an insect or the sound of the...

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Unexpected Expectations

June 1, 2015

I started this journey having no expectations. I truly believed that I was open to anything. Put me anywhere, in which ever community. In fact give me the most challenging conditions. Place me in a rural farm on the tallest mountain or in a wooden house deep in the jungle. With no internet. No electricity....

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In the Land of Possibility

December 18, 2014

I enter a driveway shaded by the tangled jungle canopy. I take in a deep breath of the cool air, and feel relieved to have escaped the heavy, tropical heat. A layer of green moss blankets the trees and clings to the stone pathway. Ferns and bromeliads grow on either side and the breeze carries...

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In the Land of Possibility

December 18, 2014

I enter a driveway shaded by the tangled jungle canopy. I take in a deep breath of the cool air, and feel relieved to have escaped the heavy, tropical heat. A layer of green moss blankets the trees and clings to the stone pathway. Ferns and bromeliads grow on either side and the breeze carries...

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A Little Bridge Before the Big One

August 1, 2014

I know it’s coming. I’ve been dreaming about the day I leave for a long time. But someday is different than a date on the calendar.  When I’m bundled in bed waiting to fall asleep, walking down the street, or washing dishes in the kitchen sink, snapshots of  banana groves, cobble stone streets, and markets...

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