Miyo McGinn


Better Late Than Never… A Word To My Chilca Kiddos/ The Big One-Nine

To the dear kids from the Chilcatotora elementary school: I’m going to try to put into words the warm fuzzy feeling I get whenever I think of y’all, which is at it’s simplest a deep gratitude and fondness. I’ve never been in a classroom like yours before; twenty kids, spanning seven grades, with one teacher, most of you…

19 March, 2016

Better Late Than Never… Carnaval Highlight!

“Nooooooo!” Laughing hysterically, I run back to where I’d stashed my phone earlier to protect it from the liquids flying around. I turn back around as soon as I find it, trying to get to the tanks of water in time to take a video of Elena – the other Fellow in Tarqui – being thrown in. But…

19 March, 2016

Poco a Poco

Hello, friends. I am still in Ecuador, still alive, still doing well. Still living with the family I wrote about in my most recent blog, four months ago. Many of the component pieces of what I described in that blog are still in my life, but not in the way I expected them to be when I wrote…

11 February, 2016

Day One

6:30 am – I wake to the sound of barking dogs. Feeling the cold air on my face (the only part of me not clothed in fleece and under five blankets) I decide to remain in bed. 7:00 am – a growing need to pee, combined with a knock on my bedroom door, drive me out of bed…

01 October, 2015


Last October Taylor Swift released an album. My friend and I had both been looking forward to it for ages and wanted to listen to it, together, as soon as possible. I picked her up at 5am Monday morning, to give us enough time to listen before school started. It was still dark when we…

29 August, 2015

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