Monthly Archives: May 2018


by Audrey Carver   Geovanny: (project supervisor, co-founder of Catega Kocinare) Tall, kind, and fatherly. 6’1”, balding, green eyes. 48 years old. Born and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico, Geovany spent his youth traveling, eating, and finding whatever odd jobs came his way. Never one for planning, he floated through South […]

Cast of Characters: Cuenca


by Max Whaley This weekend, a couple 1+4 participants, my host brother, his friend and I traveled to San Fernando (a small town 2 hours outside of Cuenca) to stay in an empty house his friends own. It was super fun, and also a little terrifying. The house was straight […]

Cabin in the Campo


by Kelsey Trollinger Sandra, thank you for taking me into your home with open arms.  Thank you for being patient with my Spanish and letting me take forever to say one sentence because I’m conjugating in my head. You encourage my to keep trying even when I make mistakes. Thank […]

A Thank You Letter To My Host Mom



by Leonardo Ruiz-Sanchez When I first arrived to Campeche beach, I was left amazed with the outstanding beauty of Florianopolis, considered the island of magic. Now, months later, when I go on a morning run, I pass the beach and I am used to seeing the ocean with its waves […]

Where Even Am I?


by Dominique Landinez Here I was, splitting a banana tree with a machete in the countryside of São Paulo. The pieces of banana tree, filled with water, were being strategically positioned in the dirt to aid the other crops for the rainless days. The other crops– chinese and lamb lettuce—would […]

Food Insecurity in Brazil


by Savion Sample   I sat atop Morro da Urca, one of the highest and most stunning mountaintops in Rio, staring out across the city. I leaned forward and pressed my bodyweight against the steel railing, taking a deep breath of fresh Brazilian air. Here I was, after a grueling […]

Realizations in Rio