Ecuador Day In The Life

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A Day in the Life

Tag along with C J Hague as he goes about a typical day in Ambato!



by Sarah Coffey, September 2011 Volunteer


When I first moved to the coast, I had no expectations nor did I have any kind of limit to what I was going to get myself into, except to teach students how to speak English. That was my primary goal.  Continuing Reading more...


by Asia McLaughlin, August 2010 Volunteer



by CJ Hague, September 2011 Volunteer

After two and a half months here in Guayaquil (!!!) and a full five weeks of teaching, I’ve developed a pretty regular daily routine here. I’m quickly becoming more comfortable with life in this city, with my family, and with teaching at SECAP. Having a routine also means that my days and weeks have been passing rapidly – like I said in my last post, I can’t believe it’s already December! I’ll be teaching for another week and a half, until the 23rd, before I get a week off to venture off from my newfound daily schedule. I thought that you friends and family who read this blog might be interested in what a typical day here in GYE is like for me. So, much like I did while I was working in Alaska in 2010, I’ve put together a little slideshow and description of what a common day here is like for me. Continue Reading More...


by Ellah Ronen, February 2010 Volunteer

Portoviejo is an Ecuadorian coastal city, and though it might not be directly on the beach there is a definite coastal feel to the weather, the people, and the pace. The gente here are of the kind that take great joy in making new friends, and great pride in feeding them. This is especially true considering the province of Manabi (where Portoviejo is the Capital) is known to have the best food in the entire country. The weather is conistently hot, except for the winter months of January- May, at which time it is incredibly hot. However, you are lucky enough to only be about an hour bus ride away from several beautiful beaches which consistenly host music festivals, offer surfing/windsurfing lessons, and provide lots of mariscos. Continue Reading Here...

SECAP at Tena

by Justin Germain, August 2010 Volunteer

Tena is a relatively small city. I think there are about 25,000 people living in Tena, including the surrounding communities. After being here two weeks people will know and recognize you around town. When I first heard that I was coming to Tena, I thought that I would be surrounded by people speaking Kichua, and to a certain degree, I am. But everyone speaks Spanish as well. I think people in the Oriente are more outgoing than people in the Sierra and a little less flamboyant than people on the cost. It’s a great middle ground and you’ll feel comfortable the moment you step off the bus. Although Tena is in the Amazon jungle we are slightly elevated and so the weather is actually pretty moderate. The rain is no joke thought and Tena puts the “rain” back in “rain forest.” Also, when you’re in the city, you’re definitely in the city. It doesn`t really seems like you’re in the jungle until your step off the concrete. Continue Reading Here...


by Krishna Surasi, August 2010 Volunteer

Ambato is the fifth largest city in Ecuador, and it is located in the mountainous Sierra region of the country. The weather is comfortable year round in Ambato: warm during the day when the sun is out, but cool at night when most people wear sweaters or light jackets out. Due to the lack of any significant tourist attractions, Ambato doesn’t see too many gringos outside of the handful of American and British English teachers at the universities, meaning that foreigners are still a bit of a novelty to Ambateños and they are generally interested in meeting you just to find out more about where you are from. Continue Reading Here...   Telephone: 1 (857) 259-6646    Fax: 1 (857) 259-6638
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