Katherine Brooke-Davidson

Kate is passionate about politics and current affairs. She is involved in education and women's equality. Her goals for the year are to learn Spanish and have a positive impact on the lives of people in her new community. "I do not intend to tiptoe through life only to arrive safely at death." M.M. Gavillet


The End

The last slide on the powerpoint presentation that I’m giving to Coach Biggers’ class has the title “What I learned”, which is followed by three easy bullet points: •       “Global perspective” – acknowledging and changing my “lens” •       Spanish •       Integrate the things I like about Ecuadorian culture into my life Global perspective to me…

01 June, 2016

Saturday, April 16

Saturday, April 16 I’m about 30 minutes away from Austin and I’m nervous. I haven’t been in Austin-Bergstrom for a while. It even had begun to feel like another airport, Mariscal Sucre in Quito, had become “my airport” – when I went to pick up Emma there with my friends, or saying goodbye to my…

27 May, 2016

Final Community Project – a Video

My final project was to organize a collection of books in my apprenticeship host into a working children’s library. Here’s the process:  

31 March, 2016

some unfiltered thoughts

Some days are difficult. The other day it was hard to find the motivation to wake up and get out of bed in the morning and go to the school. The 6 year olds wanted to sing explicit reggaeton songs about female masturbation. I asked the 4th graders to stand in a line outside of…

25 February, 2016

Blog 3

Blog 3 Pimampiro is beautiful and welcoming. It’s in the mountains in northern Ecuador, about two hours’ drive from the Colombian border and about an hour and a half by bus to Ibarra, the capital of the province of Imbabura. The people are very friendly; everyone greets each other on the street with a “Buenos…

17 November, 2015

que pasa

First, some basic updates: Friday is my last day in Quito! On Saturday I will be moving to northern Ecuador to the region of ­­­—–Imbabura. I’ll be living in a small town in the Andes called Pimampiro and doing an apprenticeship in nearby Paragachi with an international NGO called Vibrant Village Foundation. The past two…

16 September, 2015

Why am I doing this?

I think that’s what I’m asked most frequently when I tell someone I’m moving to Ecuador. Or occasionally, with a little more sass, “On purpose?” It’s also something I ask myself. It’s a difficult question to answer beyond kind of generic, superficial goals. For instance, I want to learn Spanish, and interact with a new culture, and…

27 August, 2015

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