Enjoy the following excerpt from a post by Bella Fornuto, a current WorldTeach volunteer in the Ecuador Year program. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Bella reflected on her experience in Quito and what she’s thankful for about her experience. Scroll down to see amazing views of Ecuador and delicious fruits photos!

Acción de Gracias

By Bella Fornuto

My host family has truly taken me in as one of their own. Most recently, they decided that we MUST have our own Thanksgiving dinner together since I can’t be home to celebrate the holiday with my own family. So, we are all making our own dishes and sharing them on Friday.  My little brother Nico has informed us that he will be making popcorn.

Next, I’d have to say, as silly as it may sound, the view from my house.  I can be having the worst day and then peek out my window and instantly be overcome by the beauty outside my apartment.  It is truly one of my favorite things in Quito.

And finally, I am thankful for my students.  They make the long days fly by and fill me with joy and purpose.  Even though my job can be hard sometimes, they love me unconditionally and even laugh at my jokes!  I love getting to be a little part of their lives and hear about their dreams and goals.

Well that’s four and I haven’t even scratched the surface.  If I elaborated on every single thing that I am grateful for you guys would probably stop reading. So, here’s a list of a few more things that I couldn’t leave out (not in any particular order).

  • The over abundance of fruit
  • Other teachers at CEC
  • Lunch for $2.50
  • A new adventure every weekend
  • Cheap transportation
  • Puppies everywhere you look
  • 24 new friends (my fellow volunteers)
  • FaceTime dates with friends and family back home
  • $1.50 Americanos
  • Corn
  • Fried pork
  • Papas fritas
  • Walking everywhere
  • Juice at every meal
  • My apartment complex’s tiny gym
  • WiFi and What’sApp
  • My Spanish teacher, Luis

Lots of love,


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Post-hail storm

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The view from my apartment

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Rainy season is here.