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Alternative Spring Break in Ecuador Travel Journals And Articles

  • Thursday March 20, 2008

    hnyman

    by: hnyman

    created on: Mar 23, 2008 | Cuenca, Ecuador

    Woke up early today and got ready to depart by 8:30am to make our way over to Cuenca. This was not the most fun part of the trip but I was excited to see a new city. We checked out and loaded up for a nice long seven hour bus ride. I spent most of the trip sleeping but we did manage to stop for some lunch and ice cream. …

  • Wednesday March 19, 2008

    hnyman

    by: hnyman

    created on: Mar 23, 2008 | Guayaquil, Ecuador

    Today it was my Birthday and I was very excited to be spending it in Ecuador. It started off as a wonderful day and our group traveled off to our last foundation called Hogar Ines Chambers. This was an orphanage in Ecuador which housed both boys and girls. It was one of the main orphanages to the children of Guayaquil. The kids were very excited to see us and were …

  • Tuesday March 18, 2008

    hnyman

    by: hnyman

    created on: Mar 23, 2008 | Guayaquil, Ecuador

    Woke up, and was pleasantly surprised with eggs again, at least the jam and juice was good every morning. Off again, my group travel today to Fundacion Padre Pio. This was a day of reality shock. We traveled to one of the poorest communities found in Guayaquil where this church served as a safe haven for the surrounding children. As we drove through to the site all I could see …

  • Monday March 17, 2008

    hnyman

    by: hnyman

    created on: Mar 23, 2008 | Guayaquil, Ecuador

    Today went to breakfast, eggs again, and then broke into our groups. My group traveled off to a place called Fundacion Justo y Necessario, or the house of life. This place was located in a nicer area of Guayaquil looking a little more like West Palm then the rest of Ecuador. Here the people worked with women who were pregnant and in confusion on whether they should have a child …

  • Sunday March 16,2008

    hnyman

    by: hnyman

    created on: Mar 23, 2008 | Guayaquil, Ecuador

    Today we woke up headed to breakfast and separated into our four different groups. I was in group one which broke off and traveled to Hogar Dominga Bocca. This foundation was made up of all girls ranging in age from five to fifteen. All the girls lived at the house and had past histories of violence and sexual abuse. It was kind of nerve racking to get to the first …

  • Saturday March 15, 2008

    hnyman

    by: hnyman

    created on: Mar 23, 2008 | Guayaquil, Ecuador

    The first day in Ecuador. We began this adventure by meeting as a group outside our hotel, “Hotel Sol De Orient”, and traveled on a walking tour of the city of Guayaquil. It was definitely very helpful and interesting to see everything this vast city had to offer. Camillo, our leader throughout the trip, was very insightful and answered any questions we had about Ecuador. It was refreshing to meet …

  • Saturday March 22, 2008

    hnyman

    by: hnyman

    created on: Mar 23, 2008 | Guayaquil, Ecuador

    We leave today, crazy how fast it seemed to go. Woke up and made our way downstairs by 6:30am. We boarded the bus and began a long day travel, probably the worst day of the trip. Went to the airport, checked it, and made the four hour flight. It was bittersweet as we landed as I was ready to reach American soil. As happy as we may have been to …

  • Sergio y Kevin

    Caveman

    by: Caveman

    created on: Mar 23, 2008 | Guayaquil, Ecuador

    It hurt to wake up this morning but nothing says cured hangover like a tomato in a blender right? Or maybe just a 20 cent bottled water with the world's strongest baby. Again donning the work clothes our bus set off for the poorest of the orphanages, Padre Pio. When we arrived it was clear that again the Ecuadorian Bomb Squad (EBS) would be tested. The helpers at padre Pio …

  • March 15, Saturday

    mwillia17

    by: mwillia17

    created on: Mar 23, 2008 | Guayaquil, Ecuador

    After breakfast, everyone walked with Camillo's lead around the city for a tour/ history lesson. It was interesting to see the city and country in a similar light as we're taught to see the US. It was a place with a past, with visions of seeing their home improved in the future. It was clear there was respect for their history, demonstrated by the monuments, flags, and statues of historical …

  • Ecuadorian Bomb Squad

    Caveman

    by: Caveman

    created on: Mar 23, 2008 | Guayaquil, Ecuador

    Today we awoke to the same cold eggs and unstrained juice. I donned my work clothes and hopped on the bus with my group. We would later name ourselves the Ecuadorian Bomb Squad due to our great feats in painting. Our driver got lost on the way to Nuevos Caminos which gave us a chance to see more of the area we were entering. Again the poverty was present and …