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Sahar Thomson

Born and raised on the island of Sint Maarten, Sahar Thomson is passionate about discovering her passions. She gears her actions towards growth, and that growth has come in the form of failed and successful projects in musical theatre (co-directing and choreographing for Hairspray the musical at United World College Maastricht), animal conservation (Sparkling Elephant Project), organizing events (TEDx Youth and the graduation ceremony at UWCM), or volunteer projects abroad (Kuungana Project in Tanzania), but she is obsessed with, and inspired by, reflecting on and learning from her mistakes and successes. The next big opportunity of learning comes in the form of Ecuador, and she aims to use her time there to connect as deeply as she can with the people who cross her path, communicate with them in their mother tongue, explore what skills she can gain, and everything else Ecuador has to offer.

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‘Soy indio, nacido de la tierra’ – ?

December 21, 2016

  Santa Ana’s cold disappears most afternoons, when the clouds shy away and a sun so strong fearlessly blazes above us. The island girl in me revels in these moments. So after I had my one-on-one check-in with my team leader this one sunny October day, I thought I should stay out for a little while...

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Picking Up Some Ecuadorian Norms

October 2, 2016

As of today, it’s been about two weeks since I’ve arrived in the community of Santa Ana, Cuenca, and I thought I’d share some of my observations, thus far.   1.     Years of high school Spanish classes go out the window when you live in a place where the Spanish language is so rich in whatever modismos are...

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Yup, I Ate The Guinea Pig

September 24, 2016

I hopped off of the bus at my stop in Santa Ana, a rural parish in Cuenca. I had been holding eight bags of garlic, I will now take the time to apologize to the person who sat next to me on the bus and had to inhale me for 15 minutes. The garlic was for the 7...

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Why I Decided to Defer From College A Year

September 5, 2016

For the third time this summer, I found myself suffering from a sore shoulder, because apparently you can’t just hop on a plane and move to another country you’ve never been to without the proper vaccines.    I endure this for you Ecuador!    People always ask me, what kind of study I’ll be doing there for a year?...

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