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Local Voices: Amanda Ponzio-Mouttaki

Posted by on Dec 8, 2013 in Local Voices | 1 comment

Local Voices: Amanda Ponzio-Mouttaki

 This installment of Local Voices features Amanda, an American woman living in Marrakech with her Moroccan-American husband and their two children.  Where did you grow up?  I grew up in northeastern Wisconsin right on the border of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  Very rural and lacking of diversity. What was it like where you grew up? I think it’s one of those places that you either can’t imagine leaving or can’t wait to get out and never turn back. I was in the later camp. I graduated with only 36 other kids in my class and we had known each other from the time...

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Local Voices: Peter Kim

Posted by on May 13, 2013 in Featured, Laos, Local Voices, Media | 6 comments

Local Voices: Peter Kim

In this installment of Local Voices we interview Peter Kim, an advocate working to eridacate cluster munition bombs. He lost his eyesight and both hands as a result of a bomb that was originally dropped in a war that ended before he was born.

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Local Voices: Ask a Monk

Posted by on Apr 12, 2013 in Asia, Featured, Local Voices, Media, Thailand | 13 comments

Local Voices: Ask a Monk

We visited the Wat Chedi Luang (Buddhist temple) in Chiang Mai Thailand which hosts an activity called “monk chat.” During these set hours curious people sit down and ask the monks questions. I couldn't resist asking away!

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Local Voices – Cristina Brino

Posted by on Feb 15, 2013 in Argentina, Featured, In The Know, Local Voices, Media, South America | 7 comments

Local Voices – Cristina Brino

Local Voices: Culinary instructor Cristina Brino from Finca Adalgisa in Mendoza, Argentina teaches us how to "cook with your eyes."

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Local Voices: Alejandro Sanchez Rivera

Posted by on Dec 29, 2012 in Local Voices, South America | 1 comment

Local Voices: Alejandro Sanchez Rivera

Name: Alejandro Sanchez Rivera Occupation: Owner, Kojyu Cocina Peruano Oriental Birthplace: Lima, Peru Education: Florida International University, Miami Florida Field of Study: Finance What you are doing now? I moved back to Lima from Miami to follow my dream of opening a Peruvian/Asian fusion restaurant. The restaurant is Kojyu and has been open for 5 months. Why did you move back to Lima? I missed the slower pace of life in Peru. People in Lima are more laid back more tranquilo. Plus living in South Beach for 10 years makes you old far too young. What will people find on your menu? Asian...

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Local Voices – Logan Marshall

Posted by on Nov 25, 2012 in Central America, Honduras, Local Voices | 0 comments

Local Voices – Logan Marshall

Name: Logan Marshall Age: 19 Current Occupation: World Traveler and Volunteer. He just finished volunteering with a non-profit called Safe Passage. This organization provides education and opportunity to children and families living in EXTREME poverty around the Guatemala City dump. These locals make a living by searching through the hot, dangerious and toxic Guatemala City dump looking for salvageable materials. They then store them (in their homes with their children) until they can sell the items. There are roughly 3,500 people who have permits to do this but there are assumed to be...

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