El Salvador weeks 5 and 6

The last two weeks here in El Salvador have been hectic. Week 5 I finished up the interviews in the community with the DVUD toilets. The acceptance of these toilets were greater than with the solar toilets, It also appeared that they had a better understanding of the use and maintenance of these toilets. About [...]

Ecotourism and The Galapagos

One of Darwin’s finches. They still show little fear which can be bad when it comes to moving vehicles..They were all very sweet and would crowd around me.

I’ve really learned a lot this journey and not only about knowledge and understanding I specifically pursued. I learned a lot about inner strength and determination.  I did really want [...]

El Salvador Week 4

Another week in paradise! I am truly amazed on how cordial the El Salvadorian people are, except when in comes to driving! We went back to Los Angeles to obtain more interviews and observe more latrines. I am finding that most of the households really do not have a clear understanding of the latrines or [...]


Endangered Giant Turtle. It’s estimated that these turtles can live up to 200 years old. That means this guy has lived through climatic changes, pirates, Darwin and who knows what else!

Darwin Science Center on Santa Cruz Island

Local Fish Market

I’ve certainly learned a lot the past few weeks. Visiting Peru and Ecuador mainland before staying in [...]


Valoree Skiles

Hi everyone. I´ve just been able to post to this site. I´m going to try and attach my previous posts onto here in a few days hopefully. This week has been interesting.
Two days ago, I thought I was going to die of sea sickness traveling to the Island of Floreana. I don´t think I´ll [...]

Celebrating Independence Day abroad

Jo-Anne Swensson

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As Americans celebrates their independence from English rule, I wanted to find a way to pay tribute to my citizenship in the country from which we fought for our independence. It was not as hard as I [...]

Life in London - Week #1

Jo-Anne Swensson

I arrived safely in London last Sunday and was able to acclimate rather quickly, the weather was reminiscent of Florida 80+ degrees and high humidity. It has only rained twice since my arrival, which is good because I’ve become quite the walker. The only away to get around is on foot and via [...]

El Salvador Week 3

I can not believe it has already been three weeks! This week has been an exciting week doing field studies. We went to a community in La Libertad named of all things Los Angeles. It is a very poor community in which the government had installed solar toilets to each household. We met with the [...]