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Alternative Spring Break in Ecuador Travel Journals And Articles

  • My love letter to Belize

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    ElsieStorm

    by: ElsieStorm

    created on: Apr 13, 2010 | San Ignacio, Belize

    † Well Belize, you did it again and stole my heart once more.  There is something about your country that resonates with me – that fills my soul and makes me happy.  This was my third time being back, and I really feel like I got a good grasp on what this country has to offer and was able to dig in deeper to all of the guts and glory that lies …

  • In attempts to become somewhat less Norwegian, and a little bit more Mexican....

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    ElsieStorm

    by: ElsieStorm

    created on: Dec 18, 2009 | Oaxaca, Mexico

    ….I have dyed my hair brown and have officially moved to Oaxaca. I’m here. And it is wonderful. Oaxaca is beautiful and is a delight for the senses - I am surrounded by lush mountains, gorgeous flowers that overhang cobblestone streets, barking dogs, brightly colored houses, fabulous music and delicious food. The food here is so good and healthy - it is by far the healthiest …

  • Ecuador

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    shazelg

    by: shazelg

    created on: Apr 11, 2008 | Guayaquil, Ecuador

    Ecuador Photos!

  • Final Thought

    scook3

    by: scook3

    created on: Mar 27, 2008 | Guayaquil, Ecuador

    Well my final Journal about my experiences in Ecuador. I am very thankful for being able to come on this trip. It feels almost liberating knowing that I helped so many people in such a quick time period. However, I would probably not make the trip again. I was picky about the food, didn’t speak the dominate language, and realized that I hate college kids because I learned how ignorant …

  • Day in Cuenca

    scook3

    by: scook3

    created on: Mar 27, 2008 | Cuenca, Ecuador

    After a quick day in Cuenca, we loaded the busses to head back to Guayaquil. We stopped at two different smaller cites on our way back home. These cities were known for their gold and their close location to the Amazon River. At a jewelry shop, my brother and I decided to buy a silver necklace and charm for Carlos. Carlos was an orphan that had made the trip up …

  • Trip to Cuenca

    scook3

    by: scook3

    created on: Mar 27, 2008 | Guayaquil, Ecuador

    We woke early this morning to load the bus for Cuenca. This city was located in the heart of the Andes Mountains. The bus ride seemed ridiculously long but the view the entire way was magnificent. The deep valleys and the waterfalls seemed endless. As we arrived in Cuenca, it was clear that this town was much wealthier and cleaner. The hotel was nice. The open courtyard in the middle …

  • A sad visit

    scook3

    by: scook3

    created on: Mar 27, 2008 | Guayaquil, Ecuador

    Today was the day that I was most anxious for. We visited a school named Padre Pio. The catholic based school was located in the heart of a very poor town. As we drove through the neighborhood I kept thinking to myself that I felt as if I was watching an episode of national geographic. The things I saw were the things you only see on television and cannot believe …

  • Visit to a school

    scook3

    by: scook3

    created on: Mar 27, 2008 | Guayaquil, Ecuador

    Today my group traveled to a church school. I cannot even begin to type the name because it was something very Spanish that I did not know. The school was much different than the ones we had worked at previous. This school was very new and obviously located in a richer part of town. Many of my group members were actually complaining that we came to this school because it …

  • Visit to the girls home

    scook3

    by: scook3

    created on: Mar 27, 2008 | Guayaquil, Ecuador

    Today my group went to Domingo Boca today. This orphanage is a home for sexually abused or abandoned girls. The home looked like it was mansion at one point. The courtyard entrance was rather small. The girl’s didn’t have much space to play outside. When we entered the home, the girls greeted us at the door. They were a little older and a little more conservative than the other children …

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    kgagne

    by: kgagne

    created on: Mar 25, 2008 | Florida, United States

    Finally home at 11p. After an early flight and a LONG bus ride filled with whiny people it was overall a successful journey and adventure. I met some amazingly wonderful friends that will be apart of my life. "The Posse" will always be and I hope to go back to Ecuador with these people one day. However, I believe we could go without the "rich one" and maybe spend an …