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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

April 6, 2015

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 this time there was a constant thought in the back...

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10 Little Moments

March 3, 2015

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 that make me really happy, and are a pretty good...

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January 14, 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”.

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Sneaking Crackers through the Seat Cushion

November 14, 2014

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 to me and hand me two mandarins. “Pai,” I say,...

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Sigue No Más

October 23, 2014

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 station?! Who would make this transportation system so unclear? This...

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September 2, 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 for the past week, and most of that is excitement,...

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Leaving my Reverie

July 30, 2014

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 ago, it’s been a key part of my life. It’s...

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