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Alternative Spring Break in Ecuador Travel Journals And Articles

  • Dominga Bocca

    Cid

    by: Cid

    created on: Mar 24, 2008 | Guayaquil, Ecuador

    Tuesday 18th Today group three went to Dominga Bocca. This place is a home for girls who have been sexually abused in some way. I know a lot of the guys in all the groups were worried about how the girls would react to them considering what has happened to them. It was explained to us that us being there would have a good impact on them. …

  • Ines Chambers

    Cid

    by: Cid

    created on: Mar 24, 2008 | Guayaquil, Ecuador

    Monday 17th Second day of our volunteer work in Ecuador. Today my group is going to Ines Chambers. It’s a school slash orphanage. This one looked better off than Padre Pio. It was at least in a better looking neighborhood. The place was pretty big and had lots of what looked like class rooms. There are only 23 kids there, seems like a little number …

  • Padre Pios

    Cid

    by: Cid

    created on: Mar 24, 2008 | Guayaquil, Ecuador

    Sunday 16th First day of going out and helping the different foundations for kids, or schools. I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. Don’t know how much in poverty these places would be. I did expect them to be an experience. I’m in group three, and we went to Padre Pio. Bus ride there was interesting. You could see as we drove how run down …

  • First real day

    Cid

    by: Cid

    created on: Mar 24, 2008 | Guayaquil, Ecuador

    3-16-2008 Up at eight we begin are day. Breakfast downstairs. First meal in Ecuador, eggs and ham. I don’t know if they did that b/c its normal here to like back home, but whatever. The fruit juice they give at lunch is pretty good. You could tell it was pretty natural even thought you could also tell it was watered down, if that makes any sense. Because …

  • Heading out

    Cid

    by: Cid

    created on: Mar 24, 2008 | Guayaquil, Ecuador

    Ecuador journal 3-18-20 Depart Jacksonville Friday morning to Miami for a four hour flight to Guayquil Ecuador. This trip would my first time traveling outside of North America. I had to get passport for the first time. The only other country I’ve been to is Mexico b/c I still have family there. When I arriving in Ecuador I did feel much of a culture shock or even …

  • Tuesday, March 18th

    Scoot009

    by: Scoot009

    created on: Mar 24, 2008 | Guayaquil, Ecuador

    Tuesday morning we departed for Fundacion Padre Pio. This part of town was by far the worst poverty we had seen in Guayaquil; the place was filled with gangs, crime, shacks and stray dogs. We noticed glass shards around many of the perimeters that served as makeshift barbed wire. We were instructed to never wander outside the home we were working at, especially not alone. Phillipa gave us a small …

  • Monday, March 17th

    Scoot009

    by: Scoot009

    created on: Mar 24, 2008 | Guayaquil, Ecuador

    Today my group went to Justo y Necesario. This is a school for kids whose moms work in affluent neighborhoods all day but they themselves live in poor conditions. This place is a free school and sanctuary for these kids; they receive breakfast and lunch, and hang out at this nice facility until their mothers get off work. It's in a nicer part of town, with markedly increased security (men …

  • The final day and our early ass flight

    Caveman

    by: Caveman

    created on: Mar 24, 2008 | Cuenca, Ecuador

    As we awoke in Cuenca all i'm sure with massive headaches, we had a quick breakfast and then it was back on the buses. We were taken to an area of town were we could again shop for gifts. It was jewelry town just outside of Cuenca. After shopping we were taken to a location for lunch which turned out to be one of the best meals we had the …

  • The bus ride from hell

    Caveman

    by: Caveman

    created on: Mar 24, 2008 | Ecuador

    The next morning we awoke had our last meal at the hotel and jumped on the bus at 9 in the morning. The teachers told us the bus ride would last anywhere from 4 to 6 hours depending on road conditions. I wonder whether they made the trip last time on a Mag-lev? After taking an hours to get out of the city, another 2 to cross the coastal plains …

  • Going home

    kburmas

    by: kburmas

    created on: Mar 23, 2008 | Florida, United States

    This whole day was spent reflecting, recuperating, and traveling. A few people bought duty free items at the airport, and I bought a sandwich as I reflected on my travels and cultural differences. While most people emphasized the cheap prices of Ecuadorian products and the plight of how Americans have so much and Ecuadorians have so little, I focused on how Americans may seem cold and callous …