My experience in Ecuador was excellent! Laura, my host mother and ABV coordinator, was great! Her family was extremely friendly and made my feel like apart of the family. Although my spanish was not great, I felt completely comfortable in their house. Throughout the course of my trip my spanish improved greatly, even allowing me to experience two dreams in Spanish! I would definitely recommend this program to anyone who wants to volunteer and improve their Spanish at the same time.
I spent a lot of time in the clinic working with the special needs children. There was one boy in the kindergarten class I helped with, who had both arms and legs amputated. We did a lot of art projects, and most of the time someone else would just do it for him. One day I noticed he had a watch on what was left of his left arm. The other children were coloring with crayons, but I searched and found some markers. I used the watch to hold the marker on his arm, and he was able to draw by himself, for what I believe was the first time. I had never seen him so happy. I gave him a hair binder to use with the markers so he will always be able to draw by himself.
The local coordinator, Maria Elena was absolutely wonderful. She was there to meet us at the airport and was always available to show us around and help us find out information. She was like a mother to me throughout the week making me feel comfortable
My favorite memory of this trip was walking to the center in the mornings. The walk is pretty rough–don’t get me wrong, it definitely was hike-esque. But once you finally made it to the main road up the hill, you would see the children waiting with Drake on the other side to walk to school. I loved seeing these kids in the morning. Everyone wants to hold the Mzungu’s hand and walk to school, so at any given time during the walk there’d be about 5 kids hanging onto each of your arms. Doing the “Elephant” song with the kids was pretty fun too–even though I am sure they thought I looked ridiculous doing the dance. Overall, my favorite part of this trip was knowing that I challenged myself to do things I never thought I could–and then meeting and exceeding those challenges.
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