Meliza Windmoeller

Liza was born in Colombia and grew up in a small, rural town in northern Wisconsin. She recently earned her CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) state license at age 17, and is excited to be Global Citizen! One of her passions in life is to ensure that people in need are cared for and treated equally.


Transitions, Differences – Change

*This is a poem written shortly after I moved from Napo to the province of Chimborazo to live* — What is the meaning of change? The definition? Is there even one? Most importantly, how do we learn to embrace Lo que nosotros no conocemos? (What we do not know) When a life you worked hard to create Slips through your fingers Leaving a trail of…

23 April, 2013

Mi tiempo casi se ha terminado aquí…

Right now I’m sitting at the mall in Riobamba, and I’m reading over the blogs that have accumulated over the past 7 months. We have roughly 1 week left in our sites before we are taken from the lives we have gotten to know and love – forever. So right now, I’m just sitting here pondering how much everything…

04 April, 2013

Strangers Like Me

Everybody has seen Tarzan. Or at least I hope everyone has…if you haven’t I would strongly recommend you get on that. Now, what does Tarzan, a Walt Disney 90’s classic, have to to do with my life as a Global Citizen Year Citizen? Let’s think about that for a minute. In the movie, a man who grew up in…

15 January, 2013

Un Dia En Mi Vida – Pelicula

This is the link to my Second Video that I made. It is entitled Ún Dia en mi Vida´or in English : A day in My life. If you are interested in a little taste of my life here in Ecuador – foooolllooowwww the link!!!! 🙂

27 November, 2012

Cotundo – My Gateway to Change

This is the poem I wrote as my “self documentation” when we stayed in our communities for one week last month to “get our feet wet.”   Anxiety and loneliness are prominent Will the confusion ever end? The experience of a new culture In the heart of the Amazon. I focus on the horizon As…

14 November, 2012

The Small Things

Welcome to the Amazon. Where everything is a luscious green, drinking water is a luxury, the electricity is questionable, and spiders the size of your fist join you at bedtime. What…exactly have I gotten myself in to? I must have asked myself this question dozens of times since leaving the comforts of Quito. There I…

14 November, 2012

A New Country – A New Home

I left my heart in San Francisco…as the saying goes.Who knew that spending 10 days in the city by the bay could permanently change me? Not me that’s for sure. When I first arrived at the beautiful campus of Stanford college my mind was cluttered with the unimportant clatter of usual teenage din and the…

10 September, 2012

The Beginning of a New Me

Hi everyone, I’m Liza Windmoeller and like almost everyone else I’m 18 and a recent graduate. I am from northern Wisconsin, a very small town called Phillips. Our population is barely 2,000 and our ethnic diversity is sorely lacking. But needless to say it is the place I call home. I sat here for a…

10 July, 2012

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