Monthly Archives: August 2013

Hola from Macrina in Costa Rica. My host mom or mi Mama Tica is a very sweet, welcoming person.  I was very nervous coming to Costa Rica but from the moment I stepped in the door she did everything to … Continue reading

Pura Vida!

Hello all, This is Tony checking in from San Jose, Costa Rica. This little guy is an ozo perezoso (3-toed sloth) and he is a good representation of the Costa rican life style and the motto Pura Vida (pure life). Everyone … Continue reading


Maternidad Sotomayor

Buenas from Ecuador! This is Rebecca Stacy writing from Guayaquil. It’s hard to believe we are finishing with our third week in Ecuador. Our experiences have been invaluable and we are excited to return home with a new enthusiasm for … Continue reading

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Empowerment Through Education

As I mentioned in my last post, at the maternity hospital in Guayaquil, part of the rotation assignment includes delivering HIV/AIDS-related “charlas” or “talks” to pregnant women. Even on Day 2 this task feels somewhat overwhelming when looking at the … Continue reading

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Culture: Discovering Ecuador

Hola from Ecuador! This is Eleonora reporting on the first and second week cultural experiences of this immersion trip. I’m living in the same house with Valerie, Carla, and Elena from our program and we have the great luck of … Continue reading


Ecuador a beautiful place to be

Hi all, What a colorful scenario we can see in Guayaquil. Many houses in different shapes and colors, some of them incomplete and perhaps without following any construction regulations due to the continues growth of the population. Yeah!!! Welcome to … Continue reading

Educating the Educators and Beyond

This week in Guayaquil, Ecuador has been a unique experience. At Fundación VIHDA, we were  trained in HIV education and prevention. While I have participated in HIV training in the past, these services have been designed to meet the specific … Continue reading

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