Global Practice Latin America

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  I had the opportunity to begin and end my Mexico trip in the beauty and awe of the canyons and mountains of an area called El Potrero Chico. It is a place that feels out of a fiction novel or of another world, with massive limestone cliffs rising two thousand ...

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Where Only the Brave Tread…

My host, Lulu, who I was shadowing during my time in Mexico, is creating a social entrepreneurship business with her best friend. There is much that is inspiring about this endeavor that they have undertaken. The area of Mexico where I was, was a small town surrounded by others that ...

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I too am an American!

Visiting the Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (Human Rights Court) in Costa Rica. Who is an American and how do you describe an American? This is a question that I myself have thought about for a very long time. Especially, when on paper I may be of USA nationality but in ...

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Rooted in the Faith

Blessed Sor Maria Romero’s Tomb – Child is writing a prayer petition. Costa Rica, just like other Latin American countries I have visited, is strongly rooted in Christianity. During my short visit in Costa Rica, I learned that for many individuals, God is an important figure in their lives. I can ...

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La frontera

What is a border? Currently in the United States there is a lot of political focus on the border with Mexico and “securing” it. While in Costa Rica, I had some time to focus on a different border, the border dividing Costa Rica from Nicaragua. After our program ended, I ...

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La posa, la familia, y la vida latina

Photo by: Liliana Almanza-Raya Over the weekend while I was in Costa Rica I travelled to La Fortuna and went swimming at a “posa” (swimming hole) with a family living there. Posas are my favorite form of Central American recreation. When I lived in Honduras at an orphanage we had beachfront ...

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Family: A Human Right

Our last day in Costa Rica, we had the opportunity to visit the Inter-American Court of Human Rights  which, while located in San Jose, Costa Rica, serves as a supra national accountability mechanism to the majority of governments in Latin America.  Individuals or groups who feel their rights have been ...

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Monologue vs. Dialogue: How we fail to collaborate with communities when we think we know it all…

Over the course of two weeks, my classmates and I visited with a total of nine organizations to learn about social work and social justice advocacy in Costa Rica. One of those visits was to an elementary school in a high poverty region in a neighborhood called Granadilla. My classmates ...

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Breaking Bread and Spanish but Coffee First.. Actually, Coffee All Day!

I learned Spanish in an informal and fully immersive way. My in-laws are Mexican with little English skills and on many a night we sat around the table drinking coffee and playing a bingo-like game called “Lotteria”. Spanish soap operas (novellas) soon followed and within a few years I was ...

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Gratitude through Learning

The last two weeks have been filled with a plethora of emotions; among them curiosity, discomfort, joy, and most importantly gratitude. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to have traveled to Costa Rica and experience the country’s culture first hand, my host family’s generosity and kindness, and the Costa ...

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