Maria Lanza Arancibia

I am passionate about video and photography and I am currently aiming to learn as much as I can about them. I love changes, meeting new places, people and mostly hearing about their life stories. I also admire having the capability of understanding what is going on around me, but I guess what's thrilling about this is the whole process you go through in order to achieve this. Learning about education has always been one of my main goals, I truly believe that it has the power to solve many of the problems that exist among us. And with that I will say that being a UWC student has definitely shaped me into the person I am now. Thanks to all the experiences and opportunities I had while living in Maastricht, I got to discover one of my biggest passions: I am deeply interested in communication, which will definitely be the core of my future studies. For now though, I want to explore and experience whatever life throws at me and be able to make the most out of this thrilling opportunity.


Final Reflection Blog

By putting together some of the clips I recorder throughout this experience and putting into practice some of the skills I acquired at my apprenticeship, I managed to make a video that showed a little of what my experience was like. Throughout these months I kept learning something new about this outstanding country and I…

04 June, 2018


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31 May, 2018


So I decided to do a recap on some of the things that I have learnt these months that I thought were interesting. Enjoy! IMBABURA The first thing our TL told us when we got to know that we were going to be part of the Northern Cohort, is that Imbabura is known as the…

29 May, 2018

Wakcha Karay

*Feliz Jueves Santo! *Every year on this day the *Wakcha Karay* is celebrated in Peguche. The people from the community prepare *morocho, colada* and other traditional foods and stand in front of the *capilla* to share with the rest of the families. Some of the people that come are called *rezadores* (reciters), they approach the…

29 March, 2018

Long hair in the Indigenous culture

Have you ever wondered why most Indigenous men grow their hair and wear it in a long beautiful braid? Check this video out! It presents some interesting facts about long hair in the Kichwa Indigenous culture. ENGLISH SUBTITLES AVAILABLE This video was made by my apprenticeship APAK ( many years ago. Now we are developing a…

27 March, 2018

Alternative education methods?

[vc_video link=’’] Meet Pacífico Fichamba, my host-dad. Paci is writing his thesis in order to graduate with his masters in Ecoturism in Protected Areas. He believes that there is an alternative to the way natural sciences and ecoturism are taught in this country. As Pacífico says “In these areas, many of us practice agriculture in…

12 January, 2018

What an inspiring month!

It´s been one month of living in this country and I am still not over how much beauty there is around me, it´s quite exciting to think that there is still so much more to see and explore. I have proposed myself to do something related to video every month and this is my September…

30 October, 2017

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Maria Lanza Arancibia