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Mariana Ossa

Mariana is passionate about animal rights, culture, and promoting social equality. As the vice president of the Spanish club at her school, Mariana enjoyed spreading the Spanish culture around her community because it helped bond people together, provide them with a sense of identity and it taught her the importance culture plays in our society. Her goals for the year are learning a new language, connecting with others and learning from them to build relationships. She would also like to develop a new hobby or work on something that is of real interest to her to push her out of her shell. Her favorite quote is "Climb the mountain not to plant your flag, but to embrace the challenge, enjoy the air and behold the view. Climb it so you can see the world, not so the world can see you." -David McCullough Jr.



March 23, 2017

First thought in my mind when I think about Nights back home its late night Netflix watching and lying on my couch after a long day of school and work. In my homestay of Dindefelo nights are much distinct from what I’m used to in the U.S. As the sun starts to set in between...

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March 17, 2017

A recollection of photos with descriptions about places, activities and things of my host community and life in Dindefelo. Hope you like it J    THE DINDEFELO CASCADE.   It’s my favorite place to relax or have a fun time with friends, and it’s only a 30 min hike from my homestay!   THE DINDEFELO GARAGE...

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Small Acts of Kindness

January 18, 2017

Ever since arriving to my homestay in Dindefelo, I’ve been consistently surprised by the kindness and warmth of my community.  At the beginning of my stay I remember thinking to myself that their kindness was just because they felt obligated to make me, the newcomer, feel welcomed and comfortable. But in reality as time goes...

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Never wanted something more.

August 16, 2016

A couple days ago i sat on my bed reassuring that my packing list was complete. Suddenly, my mom walked in the room and her worried face was the first thing that caught my attention.  Mariana are you sure you want to do this ? she said, questioning me, as usual, to make sure i...

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