Josh Thompson

Josh is proud of his positions as captain of the lacrosse and football team, as well as Senior Young Life Leader at Western Guilford High School. He is passionate about helping the victims of poverty in whatever way possible. In 2009 he spent a week in Nicaragua on a missions trip with his church, where he was able to help with farming, agriculture, and youth development. He believes that everyone should be given the opportunities that he has had from growing up in the United States.


Capstone Video

This is a video I made which I will show when I speak about my experience during my capstone presentations.

22 April, 2013


As I’m writing this, only two weeks remain until my departure from Pijal – my home for the past 6 months. I can’t help but feel nostalgic. I’d like to share some of the experiences that I will remember best from this place. To you they might just appear to be evidence that Ecuador is a very strange…

27 March, 2013


One thing I expected living in Ecuador was to be treated like a foreigner. When people laugh while I walk by, stare without responding to my “Good Morning” or yell the only english words they know in my direction (“I Love You”) I’m not surprised. If an Ecuadorian wearing a feather hat and wool poncho stumbled around my town…

04 January, 2013

A Day In My Life In Video

Here’s a video of a day in my life, to go along with the photos in my previous post

04 January, 2013

A Day In My Life

  Every morning I eat breakfast (my favorite breakfast thus far has been the pancakes, french fries, rice and guinea pig combination) with this view. That’s the volcano Mt. Imbabura. It’s visible from pretty much everywhere in Pijal. This is the home of the “Sumak Pacha” tourism organization, which I work for. It is also…

13 December, 2012

It Takes Time

The last time I was here in Pijal I watched a puppy die, was chased by ferocious dogs and had the pleasure of eating intestine soup at 7 in the morning. I experienced extreme frustration, boredom and loneliness. The highlight of most of my days was getting to walk with my host mother to move the cows from one…

10 November, 2012


Hi. My name is Josh Thompson. During my freshman year of High School I traveled to Nicaragua on a week long “missions trip” with my church. While I am not certain about the impact of the trip (there are legitimate concerns about the efficacy and wisdom of short term missions), I was definitely enlightened by…

10 July, 2012

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