Ecuador

 

MIDPOINT REFLECTION – Sydney Thompson

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Ecuador

WorldTeach Volunteer Sydney Thompson is currently teaching in Quito, Ecuador! She just hit the midpoint of her volunteering experience. Have you ever ran some type of race, and when you reached the halfway point, you either wanted to stay consistent, push harder, slow down, or give up? I’m now at the midpoint of my 10-month service here in Quito, Ecuador, and I’ve been reflecting on how far I’ve come and how I want to proceed. Reflecting on this past month, I went to Baños for our cohort’s mid-service conference, took a trip to Pasochoa (an extinct volcano) and hiked with some new friends, attended a Super Bowl party and ate some wings, and visited Amaguaña for the Carnaval. I also…

Diamante December; Sarah Simon in Quito, Ecuador

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Ecuador

Sarah Simon is a current WorldTeach volunteer in Quito, Ecuador. She’s on her second cycle of teaching and living with a host family, all while maintaining a hilarious and quip filled blog. We’ve borrowed a post below to share her incredible work. Follow the link here to go check her out!   12.1.17: Diamante December It’s December, and my class wrote a Diamante: Dynamite Diamantes (click on the link for the source — yes, I used Scholastic) A diamante is a seven-line, diamond-shaped poem that begins with a single word and ends with its opposite. It’s a great way to compare and contrast two different nouns:​ Line 1: One noun (or topic) Line 2: Two adjectives about the noun Line…

Being Grateful Abroad

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Ecuador

Written by Sydney Thompson (current WorldTeach Ecuador volunteer) Hola readers, ¿cómo están? I’ve now been here for a little over two months! I still feel surprised every morning when I realize that I’m in Quito, Ecuador. Every day brings new challenges, opportunities, and experiences (both good and bad). Sometimes I don’t feel like I’m flowing like water — I feel like I’m flowing like sludge.  I’ve had moments where I asked myself what the heck I’m doing here. When the washer machine is too hard on my clothes, when the weather is hot and cold like the Katy Perry song, when I feel alone here, I wonder. Being grateful is something I have to practice every day. I have to…

“Not My Country”

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Ecuador, Uncategorized

Written by Amanda Canny (current WT Ecuador volunteer) I have been dating a man from Trinidad and Tobago for over four years. Although he has lived in the U.S. for six years, he occasionally uses a phrase that once upon a time confused me.  “Not my country,” he would say, and I would wonder, What is that supposed to mean? That is, until I caught myself saying the same thing. Fast forward to July 2017 – here I am in Quito, Ecuador, video chatting with my boyfriend, laughing about how I think I’ve found my own understanding of his saying, “Not my country” all of these years.  Before I experienced living in a different country, I, a U.S. citizen, had…

It’s Always a Good Time to Begin

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Colombia, Ecuador, Micronesia, News & Highlights

Below you’ll find the story of Mary Nolan, one of our more experienced WorldTeach volunteer teachers. She recently began her third year and different country placement with WorldTeach. Mary serves as an inspiration to all of us as she continues to travel the world on her journey to global citizenship and understanding. Below is a glimpse into her story….. Having lived in Ireland all my life, in 2013, I decided it was time to see some more of the world. In that year I applied to WorldTeach to take part in one of their volunteer teaching programs and went to the island of Pohnpei in Micronesia. During that year – July 2013 to May 2014 – I taught computer applications…

A Part of Something Greater

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Ecuador, News & Highlights

By Worldteach Ecuador volunteer Lindsay Mahaney, 2016 Arguably the best place to get a doughnut in Quito is a little bakery called Skull Doughnuts. The very first time I went was during my first week in Ecuador. You’re met with the scent of fresh pastries when you walk through the door. There’s a counter to you’re right with a wall of chocolate, sprinkled, creamed and glazed treats behind it. A sweet, tiny woman greets you with a pleasant smile and friendly chatter, as you get to survey the cornucopia of deep fried doughy goodness. After careful consideration, and a lot of gesturing, I managed to convey my desire for a doughnut with chocolate frosting on this first occasion at Skull. Some things…

Dear Ecuador

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Ecuador, News & Highlights

By WorldTeach Ecuador volunteer Morgan Thornberry, 2016 Dear Ecuador, I have just spent the last 316 days exploring your mountains, swimming in your waterfalls, hiking your jungles, teaching your preschoolers and learning from your youth as a WorldTeach volunteer. My mom has always said that when something touches your life, you should send that person a thank you note. So, here, dear Ecuador, is my thank you note. Thank you to you, and WorldTeach, for connecting me with wonderful people from all other the world. My cohort included volunteers  from Australia, Trinidad and Tobago, and from both of America’s coasts. They constantly pushed me to become the best version of myself both in the classroom and outside of it. Once…

Big Bugs, Big Adventures

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Ecuador, News & Highlights

By WorldTeach Ecuador volunteer Lauren Fosnight, 2015 I am a self-confessed over-planner. In high school, I used to make lists of my lists. There’s no shame in planning. In fact, being a natural planner is kind of like having a low-key super power. You can often predict what is going to happen, and when someone in your group project has forgotten the markers, you come to the rescue with two boxes in your over-packed bag, which prompts an average of 1.5 Mary Poppins references per day. Before coming to Ecuador, both the pre-departure preparation materials for my program and the TEFL module I had to complete warned about the dangers of rigid over-planning, especially when teaching in an environment with limited resources. I…

Home

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Ecuador, News & Highlights

By WorldTeach Ecuador and September 2016 Alumni Spotlight volunteer Elizabeth Paiva, 2015 Home. What is home? Living in Quito has made me question the definition of home, reworking it to encompass my experiences abroad. I have often wondered how long it must one be in a place to be able to say one lived there. For it to feel like home. Is three months enough? Is 10.5? Is 27 months? The other night, my eyes watered when I accidentally stumbled across pictures of Yosemite on a blog I was reading. I had the most vivid vision of childhood camping trips with my sister and dad, waking up to crisp mountain airs in the early morning, welcomed to the morning by a warm…

Flowing like water in Ecuador

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Ecuador, News & Highlights

By Heather Poole, WorldTeach Ecuador 2015-2016 It has been three weeks since I left Ecuador and I’m still unsure how to summarize my experience. There are just too many memories and adventures to sift through. I have been reflecting a lot about how I’ve changed since beginning this journey a year ago: what I’ve learned, how my perspective has changed, what I’ll remember most about this year. Most of all, I now realize how fortunate I am to have left Ecuador with such meaningful friendships and experiences. Pre-Ecuador: Before I started teaching in Ecuador, I worked for three years in Washington, D.C. While I enjoyed and learned a lot during this time, I felt confined by the limits of an…