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Shaquerra Blackwell

Shaquerra is passionate about youth empowerment and learning about other cultures. She is involved as a peer leader of a health group for LGBTQ middle school youth, a community service volunteer, and captain of her girl's high school fencing team. Shaquerra would like to improve her language skills and immerse herself in the beauty of lives and culture in a new country. Shaquerra is inspired by her community and organizations who work to support youth and positive community building. Her favorite quote is "To live, to live would be an awfully big adventure"- Peter Pan

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bruised up kitchen table

June 2, 2015

the kitchen table raised me, how to eat mito ( fried tilipia napo dish) understanding the complications of life in the rainforest. In the day I looked out at the gaps of the wood and tin roof where the tropical trees swayed; where children’s laughter and screaming voices echoed into neighboring houses.. That kitchen table...

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bruised up kitchen table

June 2, 2015

the kitchen table raised me, how to eat mito ( fried tilipia napo dish) understanding the complications of life in the rainforest. In the day I looked out at the gaps of the wood and tin roof where the tropical trees swayed; where children’s laughter and screaming voices echoed into neighboring houses.. That kitchen table...

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kitchen table

May 31, 2015

the kitchen table raised me, how to eat mito ( fried tilipia napo dish )understanding the complications of life in the rainforest. In the day I looked out at the gaps of the wood and tin roof where the tropical trees swayed; where children’s laughter and screaming voices echoed into neighboring houses.. That kitchen table...

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Going beyond

August 18, 2014

A summer ago, I was partnered up with another student volunteer for an eight week service learning project in Oaxaca, Mexico with a program called Amigos de las Américas.  I grew personally as a human being from my time in Cruz De Piedra. I found justice and love for a different culture.  I was also...

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