Samantha Srok

Samantha is passionate about human rights and social justice. She is involved in her Debate team, Mock Trial, and Model UN club. She also enjoys the outdoors, especially hiking and biking. Over the summers she works at a Girl Scout Camp and works with young girls. Her goals for this year are to become fluent in Spanish, and help her community in whatever ways it needs. Her favorite quote is, "He decided to live forever or die in the attempt." - Catch 22


Absolutely Terrified

In the months before I left for Ecuador as I scrambled to finish paperwork for my visa and raced from clinic to clinic to receive my travel vaccinations, I was always reminded that in very little time I would be living in another country. During…

06 April, 2015

10 Little Moments

One night as I was sitting in my bed trying to think of good blog post material, I couldn’t stop thinking about silly stories that have happened here, none of them really significant enough to write an entire post about, but all of them memories…

03 March, 2015


Viva. The word sounds like a beating heart. Vi ‰ÛÒ va! Vi ‰ÛÒ va! It is the command form of vivir ‰ÛÒ to live”.

14 January, 2015

Sneaking Crackers through the Seat Cushion

I’m sitting on the steps up to my roof, journaling in the 30 minutes I have before I teach my afternoon English class. About five minutes pass before my older sister and her husband, who live across the street, walk up the steps to sit next…

14 November, 2014

Sigue No Más

I literally cannot focus in class because I am so angry.  Why would you not have a comprehensive bus schedule easily available online or in places people can read? Why would the same bus I’ve used every day suddenly take me to the Rio Coca…

23 October, 2014


The plane is flying over Quito for the first time and we see the lights of the city. I have been waiting five months for this moment. “We are here,” I think to myself, “We are actually finally here.” My heart has been pounding heavy…

02 September, 2014

Leaving my Reverie

For the past 26 days that I have been out of school, 21 have been spent working at Camp Alice Chester as K/PA (Kitchen/Program Assistant). I’ve been going to camp since I was seven and especially since I started my volunteer year there, 2 years…

30 July, 2014

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