Two Weeks in Ecuador

By Allie Clancy – 1851 Contributor

Ecuador has given me so much I can’t even put it into words. I’ve learned what hard work looks like, I’ve experienced a new, vibrant culture, I’ve met the most kind and open people, and learned what life is really about. The past two weeks have changed who I am. I’m forever thankful to everyone on this trip and so happy to have them through this experience, and now in my life.

Editor’s Corner: “Sinche”

Natalie Kfoury – Co-Editor-In-Chief

Sinche. Just thinking about that word brings me back to the most special place I’ve ever been. Now, the only way you would know about sinche is if you took part in Lasell’s Shoulder-to-Shoulder trip to Ecuador or if you happen to be fluent in Quichua (a native Ecuadorian language from which the word derives).

Sinche means strong, but it means so much more. And to understand what it truly means, you have to find the treasure. And to find the treasure, you have to travel to Ecuador with a group from Lasell, team up with some amazing, crazy, hilarious, and loving Ecuadorians, and learn all there is to know. It may not make sense to you, but what Ecuador taught me will stay with me forever. Continue reading “Editor’s Corner: “Sinche””

Ecuador Shoulder-to-Shoulder photo gallery


Photos by Natalie Kfoury

A collection of photos from the 2014 Shoulder-to-Shoulder service learning trip to Ecuador. 13 Lasell students went on the trip with Professors Aaron Toffler and Jose Guzman as well as Gillian Stanley, who works in the Graduate Program. The group stayed at two haciendas, Pachamama and El Sinche with a group of hosts. While on the trip, the group learned about farming and nature, hiked mountains and volcanoes, visited cities and a university, and spent two days at a school where they interacted with children, fixed the water system, installed playground equipment, and created a soccer field. Applications for next year’s trip are available now and can be picked up at the Center for Community-Based Learning, located in Klingbeil House.

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