Ecuador

 

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…

A True WorldTeach Family

Posted by WTTech in Ecuador

Debbie volunteered with WorldTeach in Ecuador more than 20 years ago. During her time in the country, she fell in love with one of her adult students; they now have three children and recently celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary.     Dear WorldTeach, I was a volunteer in Ecuador in 1992. I started out teaching English at a refinery in the town of Esmeraldas. I weathered strikes, crime, and illness, including malaria and dengue fever. When the year was over, it was hardly the experience I had hoped for.   So, I stayed on for another year, moving around from Quito to Guayaquil. Toward the end of my second year, I subbed for an ex-pat friend teaching two English classes…

The Summer of a Lifetime

Posted by WTTech in Ecuador

After her experience with WorldTeach Ecuador Summer in 2014, Katey found another opportunity to volunteer in Ecuador.   When I decided to apply for WorldTeach, it was on a whim. I didn’t know if I’d actually be able to go, how my family and friends would react, or what the experience would be like. But I committed. I went. I ventured out into the wild blue yonder and here I am, six months later,with the knowledge that my life has been forever changed.     I won’t get into the long story of how I ended up in Ecuador (of all places…who has ever even heard anything about Ecuador?), but I will say that I am infinitely grateful I wound…

Looking Back: Reflections from a WorldTeach Ecuador Volunteer

Posted by WTTech in Ecuador

A WorldTeach Volunteer has been in Ecuador for almost a year now. Here, she shares the highs and lows of her time abroad and gives advice to prospective volunteers. Read on to hear feedback from her experience and to learn more about volunteering with WorldTeach Ecuador. What was your most memorable experiences with WorldTeach and why?   My most rewarding experience has been creating meaningful relationships with Ecuadorians. I did not expect to make such deep connections with my friends here. Although I am sad to leave Ecuador, I think that is a good feeling because it means that I have created roots here. What is the most interesting thing you learned about yourself through this experience?   The most…

Learning and Loving in Ecuador

Posted by Heather Tang in Ecuador

Brianna has been a WorldTeach Ecuador volunteer since September 2013. As her service progresses, Brianna finds herself learning from Ecuador and falling in love with the place and people. Read on to hear about her reflections from four months into her service.     The past few months living in Ecuador have taught me so much. I have had the lowest of lows and the highest of highs. I have spent a considerable amount of time alone, sometimes by choice and sometimes because there was simply no one to pass the time with. I have been afraid, and through facing my fears have become certain.   This is the life I want. I want to travel. I want to see…

Experiencing “Día de los Difuntos” in Ecuador

Posted by Heather Tang in Ecuador

Amanda McCarther is in the second half of her WorldTeach year in Ecuador. This past week, she had the chance to experience the Ecuadorian holiday “Día de los Difuntos”. Amanda saw quickly that this holiday was more than just the Latin American version of Halloween. Read on to learn about this unique holiday and how it is celebrated in Amanda’s community.     Que las almas de los fieles difuntos por la misericordia de Dios descansen en paz.” (May the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.)   Today is Dia de los Difuntos. Today we remember the dead.   Most of what I know about this holiday comes from what I learned in…

Ecuador’s Toro-Bol: Terrific or Terrible?

Posted by Heather Tang in Ecuador

Do you think you have what it takes to compete in Ecuadorian soccer? What if someone brought a bull onto the field? Keep reading to experience “toro-bol” with WorldTeach Ecuador volunteer Amanda McCarther!     Yesterday was one of those days when Ecuador smacked me square between the eyes. Here I was finally starting to think, “Yeah, I got you, Ecuador” and then smuh-ACK! I was blindsided right outta left field.   After living anywhere for long enough, you adjust. All of the differences and strange little idiosyncrasies that just seemed so weird at the beginning become just another part of the daily grind. But then, just when you’ve fallen into a happy little routine, you come face to face…

The 10 Best Things About Ecuador

Posted by Heather Tang in Ecuador

Learn Rachael Turken’s favorite Ecuador-isms after spending almost an entire year living and teaching in the country!   10: The Value Of A Dollar In Ecuador, it is amazing how far a dollar can go. The other volunteers and I have discussed how valuable even 25 cents can be these days. Here are some examples of what I can buy with a dollar: 1 taxi ride, a soda and a small snack, 4 quimbolitos (a tasty cake-like snack), 1 hamburger, 2 humitas, 5 bags of palomitas (my new, favorite sweet snack), 4 bus rides, 2 shoeshines, or a movie. Now, do you see why a dollar is so valuable here? I love it.   9: “Mas o Menos” Where do…