The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves
— Victor Hugo
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Occupational Therapists in Ecuador - Part I // Quito and Our Community Sites

Over the summer, some of my classmates and I from our Master's in Occupational Therapy program traveled to Ecuador for three weeks to work in different community sites. Not only did we have the chance to exchange ideas and use occupational therapy in an international setting, our adventure consisted of so much more. We traveled to the Cloud Forest within the Andes to live with the sustainable Yunguilla community, hiked within the Amazon Rainforest, immersed ourselves in the world-famous and colorful Otavalo Market, and more. This photo essay is comprised of two parts, with Part II existing here.
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Allow me to be your journey companion

My mission as a photographer has been to photograph with intention. I want to inspire and empower humanity through people, love, and photo essays. As you can see, stories enlighten me. Capturing colors, cultures, hopes, and dreams, all further deepen my passion for what I do. I am a photojournalist; there is a unique sense of wonder when documenting and telling a story containing emotional pictures accompanied with words. The people you meet during your lifetime leave a trace of themselves with you, and I hope the vibrant stories you read inspire you, educate you, and has you wanting more.

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