Salome Valdivieso

Salomè is passionate about poetry, social justice, feminism, and equality. Her involvement with various activist young movements throughout her middle and high school years has given her a passion for people and the various ways in which teenagers can change unfair realities around them. Her experience as a feminist club leader in UWCRCN has given her a great appreciation for the fight for gender equality. At the same time, her experience as a young activist in Ecuador has given her the strength to spread awareness about the importance of Yasuni rain forest. Her goals for the year are to form strong bonds with her community and host family, broaden her perspective of what education means, and get to know ways of learning that are non-existent in her educational system. She has chosen as her motto the next quote from Jorge Luis Borges: I am not sure that I exist, actually. I am all the writers that I have read, all the people that I have met, all the women that I have loved; all the cities I have visited.



Who doesn’t want to live by the UWC mission? After graduating from UWCRCN (1 year ago now) I felt encouraged and ready to change the hard realities of our daily lives. I was sure that in RCN, I got the necessary tools to make an impact in my home country and wherever I went. I…

30 May, 2019

Are you taking a gap year?

For everyone thinking about taking a gap year in a foreign country: If you are taking a gap year make sure your baggage is full of expectations. So then you can break them along with all prejudices built by single stories. Only then you will start being surprised rather than only expecting. A gap year…

20 April, 2019

Senegalese women that change the world.

These are the following brief descriptions of women that had made me see the world in a different way. Women with their love and passion had brought back to me the energies to fight towards a more feminist world. This list goes far from these 10 women because there are many others. Also, their descriptions…

31 March, 2019

Let’s talk about feminism. -Senegalese women in Leadership positions

On October 3rd, Dakar elected their new major, Soham El Wardini, the first post-colonial female major in Senegal. This news opened our curiosity and interest in a new topic for our program, E-jáng radio. Senegalese women in Leadership positions. Alex and I agree that we needed to open our media space to give a voice…

28 October, 2018

Little birthday wish

(View from my house 05/10/2018 evening) A strong feeling of homesickness comes to my 19th birthday here in Senegal. Nostalgia fills me when I remember all my friends and family members in my 16th and last birthday in Ecuador. Nostalgia comes to my heart when I remember my last two birthdays; by the fjord, in…

06 October, 2018

A radio program about Senegalese Education.

Photo Credits: Kaitlyn (from left to right -Mamadou, Salomé, Alex, Fallou, Elaine, Ousmane) As an apprenticeship, Alex (an English fellow) and I started working on E-Jáng radio. E-Jáng radio is a fellow’s initiative that started last year. This radio show/program is a free platform for high-school and university English students around Thiés. In this show,…

03 October, 2018

Letter for undergraduate students who don’t know what to do yet.

So I decided to take a gap year, and my parents were not very happy with my decision in the begging. It took a while for them to understand and for me to learn how to stand up for what I believe. I believe in the power of learning from people and places. And I…

14 August, 2018

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Salome Valdivieso