Friends and Family, I thank you all for your donations and efforts to help me go to Ecuador. But, unfortunately due to students not being interested in the trip, and lack of payments from students who were interested, the trip has been cancelled. I will be returning all of the donations to their contributors. The website GoFundMe takes 5% of each donation as commission when you withdraw the money, so I am going to look for another way in which you can receive the full amount back. I have emailed the site and am awaiting a response. Thanks for your patience.
Hey guys! I wanted to take the time and thank all who have contributed so generously to my trip! With your help I have so far raised 31% of the total cost, which amounts to $782! I recently attended a meeting for the trip, which specified the payment due dates. The first of which, I need to deposit half the payment by February 8th, and then the full payment by February 18th. This doesn't leave much time! I have also been saving money from my work study program that my school offers. By February 20th, I will have made $200 that I will put towards additional costs while there, for instance; buying food, or souvenirs. I need your help! A donation of any amount is great! Spread this to your friends and family!
Jason Aviles' speech at the MSAE High school was very inspiring! It was also a great learning experience for me, being the first event that I've photographed. I have posted the pictures of the speech to my photo bucket which you can find here:( http://s1293.beta.photobucket.com/user/ArdennesPhoto/profile/
Enjoy! And please help by donating to my Photography trip to Ecuador in March!
I am really excited to share with you that tomorrow I will be photographing my first event at the MSAE High school! My friend Jason Aviles here at the University started a non-profit @BUBGreat. He will be speaking about the purpose of his non-profit, which is to help kids discover who they really are looking past societal images and in doing so find their life calling. Pictures will be posted on both the organizations website and my photo bucket. If you would like more info on what Jason and BUBGreat is doing look him up at http://www.bubgreat.com/
Hi all, please keep donating! So far i have 27% funding towards my Ecuador trip. If you can't donate, please share/repost my link to your page. Perhaps some of your friends are able, thanks!
"The new (2008) Ecuadorian Constitution includes a Chapter: Rights for Nature. Rather than treating nature as property under the law, Rights for Nature articles acknowledge that nature in all its life forms has the right to exist, persist, maintain and regenerate its vital cycles." ... How wonderful to see an entire country standing up to protect Mother Earth! This gives me hope for our future.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND NEW YEARS!!! May this New Year bring love to all. I have reached 20% funds towards my goal, thank you everyone :). All donations help! And if you cannot donate but would like to help, please share this on your page to spread the word.
Hey everyone, I thought I'd share a little bit more about me. In 2010 I went with my High school to Peru, where we visited all of the Mayan ruins and stayed in the Sacred Valley with the locals. Since then i have developed a strong love for travelling abroad to countries, and photographing their diverse cultures and lifestyles. I believe the expansion in perspective you receive when travelling to different cultures is important. As it is necessary if we are to create a global community based on Love and Compassion. My Goal is to share this knowledge of other cultures and individuals lives through my photography, and to inspire people to travel and learn about what's out there.
Like many countries in South America, Ecuador food has specialties not many will consider an ideal ingredient for great cuisine, grilled cuy is among one of these. What is cuy? Believe it or not it's a roasted Guinea Pig, which is considered a delicacy in Ecuador. I'm sure it would be a surprise to anyone who came across one of these in their travels. I know I'd love to try one :)!
Hello, my name is Forest
Fernandez and I am an undergraduate college student at Maharishi University of
Management in Iowa. I am majoring in Media
and Communications, and my concentration is in Photography.
MUM is offering a 4 week long travel
photography course where we will be exploring Ecuador's most beautiful and
diverse landscapes, vibrant cultures, and spectacular wildlife. For the first
week of the course we will learn and/or refine our knowledge of travel
photography and videography. We will learn the fundamentals of the technical,
social, and physical skills that are necessary for a photography travel
assignment. Then we will travel for two weeks to Ecuador to develop these
skills. Using our Digital Cameras, we will learn to capture the swirl of colors
of Andean Markets and the amazingly approachable animals of the GalÃ¡pagos
Islands. In the final week of post-production back at MUM, our class will
create a showcase of our work in preparation for a public presentation.
Humanity is colored by a huge
diversity of cultures. Unfortunately, these differences cause separation among
us. These distract us from the more important qualities that we all share as
human beings, such as love, kindness, and compassion for other life. If we are
to get past these superficial differences, I believe it is crucial for everyone
to expand their awareness of culture. It is my passion with photography to
capture these qualities, and with them inspire others to look past what
separates us to what connects and unifies us all.
In a way, this is also a coming
of age journey for me. At a young age, I knew I would not be content with spending
my life in just one place, restricted to the mindset, social queues, and
expectations of that country. I knew I was a traveler, and that I needed to
experience everything. My dream is to connect people from all cultures through
my art, and vision. It is now, in my first year of college, that I have finally
solidified what direction I want my life to go in. And now that I have it, I wish
to fully give myself to my dream and make it real.
My dream has always been to
connect people through my art, just as I have long had a passion for
photography. I recently had a simple but profound realization that these two
dreams are the same. The opportunity to go to Ecuador manifested just as I am coming
to understand which direction I want my life to go in. I see this as life
introducing me to the first step to my journey. And I am determined to make
this step, as I feel this is crucial to becoming the person I want to be.
As you well know, students like
myself are very low on funds,Â so I wish to appeal to
yourÂ generosityÂ and compassion. Please contribute to my
adventure/endeavor. In appreciation I will post the wonderful pictures I will
be taking, and also blogging about my adventures through myÂ Flickr/Facebook
page. Â In order to bring my dream to life, I need