Phuong Nguyen

Phuong is passionate about dogs! She is involved in sustainable development and affordable education. Her goals for the year are to build a strong work ethic and healthy lifestyle alongside mastering Spanish.


Ecuador was Pink

Pink is the color of love. Past loves and new loves, soft love and hard loves. All of which I experienced in these 8 months. Side note/interesting fact: My mom calls these flowers Hoa Giấy  or “paper flowers.” These flowers are abundant on the coast of Ecuador,…

07 June, 2018

Tips + Tricks to Bond with Host Families

  Say yes more! Carpe diem! Sometimes you end up on a pleasant walk, sometimes you end up at your nephew’s Baptism (severely underdressed). My host brother Freddy, his wife Andrea, and their bootiful children Nico and Andy 🙂   Laugh. You don’t have to…

16 December, 2017

Serendipity and Obama

This blog post is a little about two things I already knew intersecting to create a new lesson.   Serendipity and Obama.   Serendipity is a fortunate happenstance. I like to think of it as when you find a dollar on the street. Something good…

08 December, 2017

Thoughts on “To Hell With Good Intentions” by Ivan Illich

In response to Ivan Illich’s address to CIASP in 1968, titled “To Hell with Good Intentions," a speech made to a group of volunteers about to embark on a service trip to Mexico. He basically tells them they are not wanted, that they are insulting…

10 November, 2017

Little things

I forgot to mention some logistical things when updating my blog here you go 🙂 We started with 50 Ecuador fellows at Stanford.   Our cohort of 50 was split into the Northern Hub and Southern Hub. I am in the South. In the…

09 October, 2017


I don’t write much anymore, which would normally be a red flag but not this time. I’m trying other outlets of expression and art. Bear with me. [vc_video link=’’]

29 September, 2017


“No comprehendo.” “No hablo espanol bien.” “Estudio espanol” And silence. Smiles. Smirks? An abundance of shame. The car ride to my host family’s home was unbearable. The welcome to my Quito home was an overestimation of my social skills. Those had expired the moment I…

11 September, 2017

8/23/17: How I Got Here

Yup. That’s me. You’re probably wondering how I got there. So for the purposes of this initial blog, let’s start in the beginning. The beginning of senior year that is. It was October, I had just received my rejection from Quest Bridge as a Finalist…

23 August, 2017

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