Jesse Aranda-Comer

Jesse Aranda-Comer is passionate about the environment, in particular issues of conservation and preservation. He is involved in organizations that deal with social justice and youth programs. His goals for the year are to learn about Ecuador's history and people, and to broaden his understanding of U.S. foreign policy in Latin America.   John Wayne: Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.


Looking Back

One of the more memorable moments of my time here came about the first week in my host community. I was sitting down to a dinner of rice and beans, hardly a dinner in retrospect, when I heard my host sister screaming from the other side of the house. To my surprise, I learned that…

05 April, 2017

Unfolding Landscapes

For the first time in my life, I have had to truly depend on a public transport system. My hometown of Houston, Texas is an extremely spacious city, enveloped in two massive highway systems. As a result, I almost always have to drive when having to go somewhere. However for the past seven months I…

03 April, 2017

Chefin It Up

The other day I was invited by my good pal Merle to attend a private cooking class. I jumped at the opportunity and wondered what the class would have in store for us. Upon arrival, I learned we would be making beef empanadas, andean salad, and finally banana bread. The class started with us trying…

02 April, 2017

The Women of Bullzhun

Last week I had the lovely opportunity¬† to work with a group of women artisans from a community just outside of Gualaceo. Upon arriving at the host’s house, I was surprised to find that over 13 women had shown up. This was in large part due to the close knit nature of the artisanal community…

29 March, 2017


As my time in Ecuador has come to a close, I have taken note of the stones I have not yet turned. Of those are but a few that bring such raw awe and excitement as has exploring the back roads of my rural mountainous community. Long treks through any setting will undoubtably do one…

27 March, 2017

7 Months in country

For a good deal of my time spent in Ecuador, I felt a disconnect between that which I set out to accomplish and what actively pursuing those goals would eventually feel and look like. This confusion would play a large role in the way I would go about sharing my experience with others, whether that…

23 February, 2017

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