Ways of Knowing Nature’s Rights Across the Ecuadorian Andes

Brooke Nelson Start Date: Nov 21, 2017 - End Date: Mar 20, 2018
  • Educational/Research Trip
  • Professional Development
  • Study/Degree Abroad
  • Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador
  • Ibarra, Imbabura Province, Ecuador
  • Otavalo, Imbabura Province, Ecuador

My Travel Story

by: Brooke Nelson Start Date: Nov 21, 2017 - End Date: Mar 20, 2018
  • Educational/Research Trip
  • Professional Development
  • Study/Degree Abroad
As a first-generation student studying Innovation in Society, I chose this major because I knew at a very young age that I was meant to help people. What drives me is my natural curiosity about the world and its variety of inhabitants. I love learning in general, especially about things that involve nature and human relations; more specifically, our connection to each other and to our planet. I have always been interested in other cultures and in understanding other people’s values and ideologies. I think that being able to understand life through different points of view is an extremely important step in developing my own sense of self. With genuine compassion and care for others, it is usually very easy for me to understand the perspectives and experiences of others. As I am naturally both empathetic and openminded, I have a unique and unjudgmental way of looking at all life and my surroundings as equally important.

Academically and professionally, I look forward to sharing this opportunity with fellow students and one of the professors in my college, as well as the lessons I will learn from the people I encounter along the way. I will get to network with a large variety of people, gain the perspective of others on social, political, and environmental issues, and discover different solutions to challenges we have to face in this world. Not only will I get to travel through the valley of the volcanoes, I will learn about the Kichwan cosmovision and meet with government officials, community leaders, Ecuadorian students, and urban and rural citizens to see how their ideologies impact their way of living. I think the indigenous Kichwan concept of development and harmony with nature is a huge step in human consciousness, helping us to strengthen our relations with our planet and with each other. This will be a very rewarding experience for me because I think our society today has steered us away from such a connection, so I hope these new ideas and perspectives will help me regain that connection. I understand that I must first do it with myself before I can help others do the same.
  • Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador
  • Ibarra, Imbabura Province, Ecuador
  • Otavalo, Imbabura Province, Ecuador