Alissa Welker

<p>I am a junior Environmental Science Major with a Peace and Justice Concentration and Spanish minor at Villanova University. I love backpacking, traveling and new adventures. I am so excited to be spending the semester in Quito, Ecuador and I hope that these posts will help you experience the culture and beauty of life in South America through my eyes.</p>

2015 Spring
Home University:
Villanova University
Environmental Studies

Blogs by Alissa Welker

A beautiful grasshopper sitting on a tree
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A Place Worth Protecting

As Earth Day is quickly approaching I wanted to share a brief summary of my adventure in the Amazon Rain forest and reflect on why it is such a special place on...

Me and the kids
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A journal entry and reflection on my service learning experience helping to take care of the children of workers at the local garbage transfer station

Good friends and nature
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Finding Your Niche

My travels through Ecuador have led me to a reflection on where it is I feel most at home.

A look at Quito
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The STUDY in STUDY Abroad

A brief look at the academic environment throughout my study abroad experience and what I have learned thus far in my time in Ecuador

The view
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Metas y Más

A month and a half in to my study abroad experience I am realizing what I want out of the experience and how I want my time abroad to impact my world view and...

Sea Lions Run the Islands
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The Enchanted Islands

An account of my time in the Galapagos Islands, referred to as many as the Enchanted Islands.

Enjoying the natural beauty that Ecuador has to offer
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Love Life

A reflection on what I have enjoyed most about my time abroad. It turns out that it is not one food or place I have visited rather it is a lesson learned. Enjoy...

Two Ecuadorian children selling bug spray in a small town
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Una Cultura Amable

A reflection on the people of Ecuador and a snapshot at one of the differences in culture between the United States and Ecuador.

Hammocks on the porch at a hostal in Mindo
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Viaja Más

First weekend of traveling in Ecuador includes a weekend trip to Mindo!

Enjoying the natural beauty that Ecuador has to offer
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Learning the Ropes

A blog post about adjusting to life in a foreign city. There are challenges but it is also a reason to celebrate life and enjoy the adventure.

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Embarking on a New Adventure

A predeparture post that reflects on the journey that I am about to leave for in a matter of several days. This post highlights how the unknowns are the most...