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There cannot be a holiday in Ecuador without there being a specific food that goes along with it. For Holy Week, it is an elaborate, rich, creamy soup packed full of grains. This deliciousness is called fanesca. Fanesca can be found in restaurants several weeks before Holy Week, but families get together to prepare it […]

Baños de Agua Santa is a small town nestled in the Andes, about three hours south of Quito in the province of Tungurahua, named after the active volcano (16, 480 feet) of the same name. This is one of the many spectacular free-time options open to volunteers on a Global Volunteers service program in Ecuador. The […]

The view of Quito

Global Volunteers Ecuador Country Manager Maggie Bjorklund describes a trip up the TelefériQo, one of the world’s highest aerial lifts, and one of the many free-time activities available to volunteers on a service program in Ecuador. Quito, the highest capital city in the world at 9, 250 feet above sea level, is also home to […]

In November 2013, Hannah, Amy, and the Scafidi family on the Ecuador team learned off FUNDAC’s hope to create a sandbox behind Daycare Center #2. Seeing that the children at the center have very little outdoor space to play in, they thought that this was an important project to be carried out and very generously […]

                  Today was a very good day. I helped with both classes – the babies and the three-year-olds. Hannah, Rita, Olivia, Alexandra, Mark, Amy, and my mom stayed with their classes from yesterday. I am getting to know the babies and the three-year-olds very well and it […]

Already by Tuesday we were starting to get the routine down. The breakfast was the same, the bus ride to the daycare center was the same, but at snack time it changed. It was my turn to take the children to the baños (bathrooms) to wash hands. The nice little line-up had exploded into a […]

Today is Friday, our last day at the center working with the children and staff of Calderón, and our last day working together as a team. At breakfast we talked about what we were going to do today and reviewed the words to “Te Quiero Yo, ” the Barney song “I Love You”, which we appropriated […]

Today started pretty much as everyday for our little group of five volunteers for Center #1 in Calderón. Breakfast, journal reading, and a quote to focus our intentions for the day.The children are all enjoying a morning snack as we arrive, something inevitably made with corn. Horray! No one is crying and the new additions from […]

We woke up to another beautiful day in Quito. Katie immediately warmed my heart when she said, “I can’t wait to get to the center to see the kids again.” After another great breakfast with a surprise of tamale-like humitas and quimbolitosand a whole pitcher of blackberry juice, we heard the message of the day […]

Our last day in Calderón was an eventful one. Between hurrying to finish the extra last-minute final touches to the painting, near-constant cries of “empújame” (push me), and the performances by ourselves and the tías, it was quite the sendoff. Leaving the kids was bittersweet, but I know I’ll remember them, and hopefully at least […]