Team #149 Training Day

Training day for group #149 to Ecuador.

Tasks at hand to be accomplished ranged from introductions as Ohio, Oregon, and Minnesota met and got to know Illinois and an Ecuadorian transplant from Minnesota, and then to setting of our goals.

Our Team Goals:

1)      To learn and practice Spanish

2)      To experience and appreciate Ecuadorian culture

3)      To help and to serve the tías and children of Calderón

4)      To have fun and enjoy our time in Ecuador with new friends

5)      To have a nice change of routine

Important, too, were a listing of the characteristics we need to reach our goals.

Our Characteristics of an Effective Team:

flexibility                     outgoing                      brave              

listeners                      active                          open-minded  

happy                          patient                        friendly          

kind                            giving                          attentive

cooperative                 willing to make mistakes

Safety and security concerns we need to be considerate of were also covered. Taking the plunge to immerse in the language, culture, and idiosyncrasies of Ecuador led to some good laughs and relaxation.

It was a great day of food including popcorn for our soup and discussions of politics from corruption to some politicians’ grandiose dreams. A final “See you in the morning. Can’t wait to see the kids” ending our opening day in Ecuador.   

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