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Bolivia: Spirit of the Andes

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Decolonisation des corps – Teatro Trono

natacha, Participant

Je suis conolisée, tu es conolisé, nous sommes conolisés comme le fut les Ameriques notre corps est conolisés par notre tête. Notre chemin est déterminé et nos choix choisit d´avances sans notre consentemment et des la naissance. Nous sommes......Read More

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Bolivia: Spirit of the Andes

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The Struggle

Megan Murphy, Participant

Yak of the Week

Before I came to Bolivia, I was determined to put my experience in a historical and political context that I could cleanly understand. One of my teachers from school had seen me at his open summer classes and, upon learning I was going to Bolivia,......Read More

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Bolivia: Spirit of the Andes

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ISP Experience

Sophie, Participant

Yak of the Week

My favorite part of our 10 day Tiquipaya homestay were the 4 afternoons I spent working on my Independent Study Project, graffiti. It transformed my mindset. It may sound a little depressing, but my art is one of the few things I pride myself in and......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Bolivia

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Differences Between Homestays

Drew J Katigbak, Participant

As we proceed to finish our journey through Bolivia, we are facing some differences and similarities between our homestay in Tiquipaya and El Alto. In Tiquipaya, I stayed in a small house with 2 parents, 3 teenagers, and 1 energetic 5 year old.......Read More

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Arriba El Alto

Jacob, Participant

When I awoke on Wednesday morning I was on an overnight bus, and my lips had chapped and split. That was how I knew we had arrived, after a long ascent, to El Alto. After a freezing taxi ride we arrived at the COMPA house (comunidad de productores......Read More

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ISP – Weaving

Grace Levey, Participant

Hi again!  I am now in El Alto with my second home stay family, who is also amazing.  But in this post I want to focus on my independent study project that I completed while staying with my first family in Tiquipaya.  There were many options to......Read More

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Reflection On Tiquipaya Homestay

Penelope, Participant

My family had warmed up to me immensely from the first time I arrived to our last days together. I was always overwhelmed with joy when I would walk into the kitchen and be greeted with a Piñalosa (my nickname). At first Jesse (my homestay sister)......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Bolivia

Bolivia: Spirit of the Andes

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Plantas Medicinales y Ceramicas

Anna, Participant

Hello freinds and family, I am currently writing from an internet cafe in El Alto. We are certainly feeling the altitude and I´m having some nostalgia for brisk New England winters as its a bit chilly over here. We recently finished our Individual......Read More

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Goodbye, Tiquipaya!

Jac Kovarik, Instructor

Today was our last day in Tiquipaya, and we hosted a fiesta despedida (good bye party) for our lovely homestay family and friends in Tiqui. The students presented what they have learned and created over the past 10 days during their Independent......Read More

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vegetarianism and homestay

natacha, Participant

I´ve had a hard time trying to become a vegetarian the last four months. At first it was entirely for an ecological purpose. Even if I always had affection for many kind of animals like cats or for the marine animals thanks to all the awareness......Read More

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Bolivia: Spirit of the Andes

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Tiquipaya Homestay Snapshot

Sophie, Participant

On Sunday, I spent my whole day with my host family. I had time to wash all my laundry in buckets and my host brother, Alfredo, was home from his military enlistment to watch novelas at dinner, all is good in la casa de Doña Pilar. My favorite part......Read More

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Indigenous Groups in Boliva!

Drew Katigbak, Participant

It was around 10pm when my homestay sister and I started talking. We sat across from each other at the kitchen table eating the vanilla cake she made. I started to ask her about the indigenous groups in Bolivia, since my homestay mom speaks a......Read More

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Homestay Family

Grace Levey, Participant

Yak of the Week

Hi! I am reporting live from Cochabamba, where I was able to spend my day exploring the big city.  But this post is not about Cochabamba.  Rather it is about a place called Tiquipaya and the wonderful people I have waiting for me there – my......Read More

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Hola from Tiquipaya!

Jacquelyn Kovarik, Instructor

Hola desde la llaqta! (Hello from the pueblo!) After our beautiful and rewarding trek in Los Frailes outside of Sucre, team Bolivia has settled into a peaceful routine in Tiquipaya! We arrived on Saturday and students were eager to meet their......Read More