February 26, 2012
Thanks to Ned, Chari and Felix I was able to make it to the wonderful area to volunteer. My experience while there was very incredible and I am amazed when i think about it and how spectacular of an area and community it is. I have a feeling I will be back someday,Hopefully!
Jumping into the volunteer program there was pretty difficult for me at first because it was my first destination in Ecuador and my level of spanish was certainly that of a begginner. I would still reccomend this to anyone who does not speak spanish well but you will possibly not feel sure about what is going on and feel a bit isolated in not being able to express yourself clearly, I sure did!
The program is pretty open ended here and is really what you make it and how involved you care to get with the community and family you live with.
My experience of teaching in the school was really rough for me having very little experience teaching, not speaking spanish well, and the teachers were happy to give me the class and go about doing their own thing that needs to get done. I dont think this is the usual operation for all of the schools but I would reccomend taking these things into consideration before teaching in the schools. But on the other hand the kids enjoy your company so much and their parents as well that it is a very rewarding experience. You will feel very connected to the community, its really a positive thing!
Other than that I did farm work with a family close to neds house and had such a great time with the family and working in the feilds. you will get an authentic experience of a daily life of a rural farming family.
I suggest you try this out, Thanks Ned!
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