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Charly Blackwood

Ecuador Director

Matthew Dayton from Visions Service Adventures

Charly grew up on a farm just outside of Bozeman, Montana, where she cultivated a spirit for exploring and getting her hands in the dirt. Always curious about the wider world, she decided to spend a year of high school on an AFS exchange program to Córdoba, Argentina. There she developed her love of the Spanish language and Latin American culture. In college she studied abroad with Semester at Sea, where she encountered many cultures and ways of life around the globe.

Charly graduated from Western Washington University with a B.A. in Psychology. To further her studies and find a way to work abroad, she then completed TESOL training at Trinity College, which prepared her for two years in Auckland, New Zealand, teaching English as a second language to teenagers and adults from South America, Europe and Asia. She’s now back in New Zealand road tripping and hiking her way around the country.

This will be Charly’s third summer with VISIONS. She served as a leader in Ecuador and Cambodia in 2016 and 2017, respectively. For Charly, VISIONS has been the culmination of many passions and experiences. She’s been inspired by witnessing young people claim authorship for their lives, while encountering their edge and navigating new cross-cultural relationships. She’s thrilled to be back with VISIONS as director of the Ecuador program, and will be joined by a full leader team.

Matthew Dayton from Visions Service Adventures