Ecuador

 

Recipe for Success

Posted by Heather Tang in Ecuador

WorldTeach volunteer Rachael Turken has been living with a family in Riobamba, Ecuador since early October. Although Ecuador is a leading producer of bananas, she was surprised to find that her family had never tasted banana bread and decided to spend the day baking a loaf for them. Read on as she tells this great story of baking, friendship, and the cultural exchange that goes on even outside the classroom. Thanks for sharing, Rachael!     Well, well, well. You would think that a family that lives in a country who is one of the top banana producers in the world would have had banana bread before. Go figure . . . my host family had not.  So, I took…

Hogar, Dulce Hogar

Posted by Heather Tang in Ecuador

WorldTeach Volunteer Rachel Brylawski has lived with a host family in Ecuador for seven months. Here, she tells of life with her host family, and the experiences she has had with them that she will never forget. Thanks for sharing, Rachel!       September has come and gone, and the end of the cycle is just over a week away. I can’t believe how fast time has flown by! It doesn’t seem possible that I’ve been living in Ecuador for 7 months now, and teaching for 6.   Since my adventures in the Amazon at the beginning of August, I have strayed very little from home. Life has been anything but uneventful, however! We kicked off the month of…

A Serendipitous Surgery

Posted by Heather Tang in Ecuador

 Joey Williams has grown incredibly from his experiences volunteering with WorldTeach in Ecuador. Joey, a pre-med student, has not only been presented with the opportunity to teach at the university level but has also been given the chance to observe and assist in an Ecuadorian hospital! Joey proves that no matter your career aspirations, volunteering abroad can open fantastic new doors and opportunities! Read on to hear Joey’s full story.     I don’t want to harp too much on destiny but being in Ecuador as a part of WorldTeach, I have never felt like I was “supposed” to be somewhere so strongly. On top of my volunteer commitment to The Technical University of Machala (UTM), I have been able…

Adventuras en Ecuador

Posted by Heather Tang in Ecuador

“I find it impossible to capture more than a glimpse of my experience in words”   Wise words from our Ecuador volunteer Rachel Brylawski. In her most recent blog post, Rachel reflects on her initial experiences teaching in Ecuador, the time spent with her host family, and what she hopes to achieve in her remaining time abroad. Learn more from Rachel about volunteering abroad and the emotions that come along with it! Read her full post below:   It doesn’t seem possible that June is just a few days away, and with it the start of a new cycle of classes. I find myself once again caught between excitement and trepidation… will I be able to improve my teaching next…

A Day In The Life: Ecuador

Posted by Heather Tang in Ecuador

Are you curious what a day in the life of a WorldTeach volunteer looks like? CJ, a new Ecuador volunteer, gives you a glimpse into his newly acquired routine. Check out his video!   “Since I’ve moved to Ambato, I realize that I haven’t posted a lot of pictures. I’ve been fairly busy, and most of the pictures I’ve taken have been at soccer games – and I imagine that some of you could get bored of seeing constant soccer pictures. One crowd is the same as another, right?   But, I’ve also been working hard recently at putting together a Day in the Life video here in Ambato. Even though I’ve only been here about a month, I’ve jumped…

Settling Into Ecuador

Posted by Heather Tang in Ecuador

When traveling and living in a different country,even the smallest of activities can seem like an out-of-this-world experience. Eric Haase, a WorldTeach volunteer in Ecuador, shares some of his new and exciting adventures with us. From the first interactions with his host family and students, as well as his exploration of the city of Cuenca, Eric displays the amazing opportunities that volunteering with WorldTeach can provide.     What is most interesting is the difference in levels between my students’ writing and speaking abilities. They do not, most do not, have a well rounded education it seems. For example, there was one student who scored the lowest of any student that had taken the exam. 19 out of 53. However,…