Description of Program:
This hybrid adventure/service trip takes students to one of the most incredible and biologically diverse areas of the world where they have close up and personal interactions with the magical wildlife of the Galapagos Islands. Adventures include: snorkeling, kayaking, boat trips, and more! We then transfer to the Andean highlands, partner with a local Kichwan community, learn about life in a developing country, and how to create sustainable change. Students work alongside locals for two days to practice their Spanish, while giving back to the community. One full day is spent in a rich and meaningful cultural exchange where students learn about alternative income programs and spend the morning with a woman's group, learning to sheer sheep, weave, and more. That afternoon we follow one of the women home to participate in a "Day in the life of a local" where we help with her daily tasks. This is an eye-opening, memorable, and meaningful way to learn about life in a developing country while giving back through personal connection. Each night in the service component students are engaged in learning about Ecuador, developing lifestyle, themselves, and how to create lasting change. The trip ends with a local market experience. The night before kids are grouped in families and receive a profile and income. They have to complete the budget for their family and the following morning bargain in Spanish to buy food for their family, often on under $1. Come and join us on a once in a lifetime Adventure in Ecuador!
Other key information:
Enrollment: Currently enrollment is in April of student's 7th grade year, however, to make the trip more affordable, we are looking at an October of 7th grade sign up option. Students can enroll as late as October of their 8th grade year, but the trip is more costly.
Adventure in Ecuador: Explore the Galapagos Islands and leave your mark with Service-learning in the highlands.