Ecuador

 

A Part of Something Greater

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Ecuador, News & Highlights

By Worldteach Ecuador volunteer Lindsay Mahaney, 2016 Arguably the best place to get a doughnut in Quito is a little bakery called Skull Doughnuts. The very first time I went was during my first week in Ecuador. You’re met with the scent of fresh pastries when you walk through the door. There’s a counter to you’re right with a wall of chocolate, sprinkled, creamed and glazed treats behind it. A sweet, tiny woman greets you with a pleasant smile and friendly chatter, as you get to survey the cornucopia of deep fried doughy goodness. After careful consideration, and a lot of gesturing, I managed to convey my desire for a doughnut with chocolate frosting on this first occasion at Skull. Some things…

Dear Ecuador

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Ecuador, News & Highlights

By WorldTeach Ecuador volunteer Morgan Thornberry, 2016 Dear Ecuador, I have just spent the last 316 days exploring your mountains, swimming in your waterfalls, hiking your jungles, teaching your preschoolers and learning from your youth as a WorldTeach volunteer. My mom has always said that when something touches your life, you should send that person a thank you note. So, here, dear Ecuador, is my thank you note. Thank you to you, and WorldTeach, for connecting me with wonderful people from all other the world. My cohort included volunteers  from Australia, Trinidad and Tobago, and from both of America’s coasts. They constantly pushed me to become the best version of myself both in the classroom and outside of it. Once…

Big Bugs, Big Adventures

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Ecuador, News & Highlights

By WorldTeach Ecuador volunteer Lauren Fosnight, 2015 I am a self-confessed over-planner. In high school, I used to make lists of my lists. There’s no shame in planning. In fact, being a natural planner is kind of like having a low-key super power. You can often predict what is going to happen, and when someone in your group project has forgotten the markers, you come to the rescue with two boxes in your over-packed bag, which prompts an average of 1.5 Mary Poppins references per day. Before coming to Ecuador, both the pre-departure preparation materials for my program and the TEFL module I had to complete warned about the dangers of rigid over-planning, especially when teaching in an environment with limited resources. I…

Home

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Ecuador, News & Highlights

By WorldTeach Ecuador and September 2016 Alumni Spotlight volunteer Elizabeth Paiva, 2015 Home. What is home? Living in Quito has made me question the definition of home, reworking it to encompass my experiences abroad. I have often wondered how long it must one be in a place to be able to say one lived there. For it to feel like home. Is three months enough? Is 10.5? Is 27 months? The other night, my eyes watered when I accidentally stumbled across pictures of Yosemite on a blog I was reading. I had the most vivid vision of childhood camping trips with my sister and dad, waking up to crisp mountain airs in the early morning, welcomed to the morning by a warm…

Flowing like water in Ecuador

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Ecuador, News & Highlights

By Heather Poole, WorldTeach Ecuador 2015-2016 It has been three weeks since I left Ecuador and I’m still unsure how to summarize my experience. There are just too many memories and adventures to sift through. I have been reflecting a lot about how I’ve changed since beginning this journey a year ago: what I’ve learned, how my perspective has changed, what I’ll remember most about this year. Most of all, I now realize how fortunate I am to have left Ecuador with such meaningful friendships and experiences. Pre-Ecuador: Before I started teaching in Ecuador, I worked for three years in Washington, D.C. While I enjoyed and learned a lot during this time, I felt confined by the limits of an…

Time Travel with Elizabeth Paiva

Posted by WTTech in Ecuador

Have you ever read something so rich that you forget who or where you are? As someone who reads through blogs almost daily, it never ceases to amaze me how much writing styles differ. As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday our memory likely triggers textured thoughts of warm crinkling leaves and heavy coats shielding bellies filled with fall delights, but if we head further south than Mexico to a country aptly called Ecuador, the fall can bring out even more imagery and emotion, even the answers to some mysteries. You can thank Elizabeth Paiva for this one. Check out more of her incredible writings at 20somethingwanderings.wordpress.com! — Sometimes I forget I’m in Ecuador. Most days are pretty standard. I eat oatmeal for breakfast,…

Meet Liz Blanco

Posted by WTTech in Colombia, Ecuador, Micronesia

Meet Elizabeth Blanco, smart, sharp, humble, and the newest WorldTeach Program Manager for Colombia, Ecuador, and Micronesia. Having started only a few weeks ago in the office, Liz has a much deeper relationship with WorldTeach than she makes it seem. A few years ago she was working as a Buyer and Merchandiser for a grocery store in Los Angeles when she decided to take little detour in her career. Buying and bringing in the products, working with the margins, and attending trade shows was just becoming underwhelming. She thought back to her 6-month trip to Guam to stay with family and realized that the island was calling her back like the gentle crash of the ocean at night. Taking time…

Micheladas y Parrilladas

Posted by WTTech in Ecuador

One of our Ecuador volunteers recounts the mid-service conference, which allows volunteers to reflect on living and teaching in Ecuador thus far and to travel. “You get a strange feeling when you’re about to leave a place, like you’ll not only miss the people you love but you’ll miss the person you are now at this time and this place, because you’ll never be this way ever again.” – Azar Nafi As I’m nearing the end of my service in Ecuador, I wish I could freeze time! It will be hard to leave Ecuador. Lindo Mindo The Riobamba crew was the first to arrive in Quito. Rose, Emily and I headed to Republica del Cacao to get our hot chocolate fix. We…

Noticias de Riobamba

Posted by WTTech in Ecuador

WorldTeach Ecuador volunteer Emily Mueller on teaching English as a foreign language, a new host family, and emborrajados: One of the beautiful things about travelling and temporarily living in another country is the opportunity to meet new people on such a regular basis. I feel I’m asked all the time, How long have you been here?, and… How much longer do you have here?. The numbers continue to increase for the first question and decrease for the second. Right now I’m at 7 and 5. It’s getting really surreal that this experience is more than half way over, and that my time here will soon be coming to an end. A lot has been happening and changing in my life here since my last…