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Maria, The Wearer of Many Hats
by | March 3, 2015

I think back to September 21st, the day I met my host mom, Maria. I remember she greeted me with the biggest hug, the kind that you can still feel even after a few minutes, and a smile from cheek to cheek. She immediately told me, “My name is Maria, but you can call me Mami”. After that moment, I was so thrilled to have her as my host mom and to be able to call her Mami. My host mom amazes me every day, never stopping to rest until the day is done. It is very rare that…Read the rest »

Teacher Appreciation Year
by | February 18, 2015

Everyone who knows me knows I love children: I have been a babysitter since I was twelve years old, a summer day camp counselor, Girl Scout Day Camp Program Aide, and making friends with any kids I see anywhere since forever. When I came to live with my host family in Cuenca, my assigned apprenticeship was to work with an organic farmer’s association; however, once I arrived, my host mother asked me if I would be willing to change my apprenticeship to teach in the local elementary school, and I said yes. Teaching kids was going to be so fun…Read the rest »

Photo Blog 1
by | November 24, 2014

These are pictures of my first couple months in Ecuador featuring Fellows, families, and Ecuadorian nature. The banner is from a road trip I took with my family and their families to Puyo in the Pastaza province. 2. The view of Mt. Chimborazo from the rooftop of my house.
3. One of my workplaces: the school, La Escuela Milenio. 4. A trip to Lake Atillo with Fellows Alcy, Bailey, and Alcy’s co-worker/our guide, Angel. 5. A trip to Baños with Fellow Alea and her family. 6. Christmas tree in our house in Guano. 7. My sister and I at…Read the rest »

A Glimpse of Lagoa do Peri
by | November 24, 2014

Have you ever seen an episode of National Geographic and wanted to jump through the screen to be right where they were? Or look through their magazines in awe and wish it was you visiting such a wondrous part of the world? As I was kayaking in Lagoa do Peri, it became surreal to me that I was not in one of these episodes or articles – but I was living in one. The beautiful community of Florianópolis, Brazil. This past week, I finally got grounded with my apprenticeship at Projeto Lontra, a conservation and observatory for rescued otters who…Read the rest »
Ting, the pet of Sinchi Warm

An Average 24 Hours
by | November 21, 2014

Wake up at 5:30AM. 5:30AM-6:15AM: Generally spent washing clothes in Rio Napo. 6:15AM-7:00AM: Breakfast. Usually a combination of rice, eggs, bread, plantain, and of course, guayusa.* 7:05AM-3:30PM: Off to work at Sinchi Warm. There is no such thing as an average day at Sinchi Warmi. Potential activities include:
  • Organizing our artisanship displays.
  • Jungle Walks! Learning about indigenous practices with native plants.
  • Occasionally translating for non-Spanish speaking tourists.
  • Cleaning the cabanas.
  • Feeding TING-TING! Sinchi’s pet huatusa.
3:30PM-4:30PM: I can mostly likely be found swimming in Rio Napo. 4:30PM-5:30PM: Lounging with family. 6:00PM: Dinner. Most likely a combination of soup, rice, yuca, chicken,…Read the rest »

Festivities of Cuenca
by | November 21, 2014

Fridays nights are usually spent in the yogurt room outside the house. Two huge vats await my host mom and other women, ready to turn plain yogurt into delicious concoctions. This Friday night was a little more special because in two days, it would be the Independence Day of Cuenca and we were in full production. With a little over 40 liters of milk, yogurt had been forming since morning. With the unveiling of the pots, the process had started. Marmalades were being blended into the plain yogurt and then bottled, color coded, and labeled. Into the night we had…Read the rest »
Bennett Quintard blog photo

The Most Important Choice
by | November 21, 2014

A few weeks ago I started my apprenticeship at an organic finca (farm) about 20 minutes outside of my community of El Juncal. Below are my first two experiences at my new job: Experience 1: 
Due to my decision to stay up late the night before, I was running on six hours of sleep as I trudged towards the bus stop for my first day of work. Even though I arrived at the agreed upon 7:00 AM, my new coworker arrived to meet me there around 7:45 AM. By the time we got to the farm the hot Ecuadorian sun…Read the rest »

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