Top 5 Things Chocoanos Love About Their Department, Chocó

Many Colombians who do not live in Chocó tend to hold a negative view and/or description of this Pacific Department of Colombia. They tend to focus much on the region’s economic poverty, internal political displacement and conflict, misery and hopelessness of the people who are born and raised in Chocó. I recently carried out a…

Share Your Voice

Several people proposed to me the idea of teaching an English class in Andagoya, Chocó. Though hardly qualified, I accepted. Seed, after all, is a program of cultural exchange. I have tried to tailor its content towards the interests of my students. One thing they wanted to learn were English worship songs. I picked some…

Plant Hope

When I challenge myself to be connected with the earth I have learned how much we need it. In this case I wanted to share with you how challenging, difficult and at the same time inspiring it is when you plant and obtain the fruit of your efforts in your hands. First of all, I…

El San Juan

  I look at you, River, and I imagine your past. Clear water flowing through lush forest, Cachama swimming through your depths, Ocelots wandering by your banks at night Where monkeys swing and sloths move languidly through the trees. You, River, feed the land. From your mountain source you travel Connecting, shaping the land Until…

Dancing in the Difficulties

I have already been living in the community of San Nicolás in Suacha, Cundinamarca for a bit more than a year, and although the situation is sometimes difficult economically and emotionally for many people in this area due to the many circumstances that exist, something that got my attention since I arrived is seeing a…

Love Where You Live

When it comes to envisioning rural life in the Global South, we tend to envision a picture of a dry, desert like place that is generally sad and a bit depressing. We often forget that behind the challenges of living in a rural community in the global south, there is beauty, nature, tranquility and fresh…

Fond Memories

We are now a year and a half into our two-year Seed cycle. Often, we talk about Seed being a time of transformation, a time of learning and service. For all the Seeders, the better part of the first year is spent learning and absorbing; language, context, names, history, etc. By the second year, most…