Surabhee Arjunwadkar

Surabhee is passionate about studying languages and different cultures as well as having long discussions about various socio-political issues all over the world. She is involved in a project that creates awareness about menstrual hygiene and promotes the use of menstrual cups. Her goals for the year are to learn Spanish, understand the Ecuadorian culture and immerse herself in the ever-changing nature of human culture.


Last Blog: Gratitude

Being home has given me time to reflect. I do not know yet what I have experienced, nor do I know how to make sense of it. I know, however, that I have grown a lot, grown into someone I am proud of. And I…

02 June, 2019


  A series of thoughts about a series of things attempting to address the question, “So, how was Ecuador?”   1. Going home has been different for everyone, Or so I’ve heard. I’m not home yet. And at this point, I don’t know if it…

17 May, 2019

Gauri Vaishali Fuerez Navarrete

When I came to Ecuador, I had certain assumptions about how my life would look like. I didn’t know anything about anything and this is one of the things I had not expected. At all. During my second month with my host family, I found…

22 April, 2019

An Indian Girl’s Guide to Ecuador

(A short, not-comprehensive-at-all, possibly biased list of things that might help you thrive in Ecuador) 1. If you have two bottles of 100% pure Parachute coconut oil for your hair in an environment that is 20℃ or less, and no access to a heat source,…

15 February, 2019

‘Mi hija’

I was waiting for my bus to Quiroga, the town I live in. It hadn’t arrived yet. I took a chance and asked the bus conductor. ‘A Quiroga?’ ‘No, mi hija…’ I don’t know what he said after that. I stopped listening after mi hija….

15 November, 2018

What ‘Privilege’ Means

It is difficult to accept your privilege. Privilege is something I thought I didn’t have, something that only ‘rich’ people had. That is until I came to Ecuador. Somewhere in my mind, the word privilege had gained a negative connotation, that growing up privileged somehow…

07 October, 2018

An Unfinished Love Letter to the Place I Call Home

पुणे. पुनवडी. पुण्यनगरी. माझं शहर. माझं घर. Sometimes, I wish I had found you sooner, felt your magic, seen your beauty. I remember, two years ago, when two foreigners thought that a rather unimpressive, dirty bridge was beautiful, I thought it was absurd. Now, as…

14 August, 2018

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