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Aug 3, 2012 - Friday fun day and goodbye to camp

Aug 3 My last day at school, ending on a Friday funday. We have been making the whole day into a competition so the kids have been more interested. We don't have lesson plans so there hasn't been much structure to the class today and I'm finding it difficult with the language barriers with the other two Volunteers. I think we could be working together more but we have been managing. I was given a thank you card and a souvenir spoon from the class. Each one of the students also gave me a hug goodbye, it was so sweet. Sitting at my host...

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Aug 2, 2012 - Old Town

Aug 2nd Second to last day here at Mequeños summer camp. The kids have been getting bored, I guess I am a little too. I have been slacked on researching to make class more interesting for them. After camp Andrea took me to Quito Old town. We met a nice guy named Santiago who escorted us to St.Marcos which is a beautiful area but unsafe for tourists. Santiago also took us to The house of St. Augustine. We also got a tour of La Iglesia de la compañia de jesús (The Church of the Society of Jesus). In La Ronda we had ate a giant empanada with...

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Aug 1, 2012 - Intiñan museum

Aug 1 I'm feeling much better than I was yesterday and the day before. I think it was just a bug that lasted only about a day luckily. I only have a few more days left here and it gives me mixed feelings. I'm happy to be going back to London but I'm also sad to be leaving here. I really hope I'm able to come back one day soon. I have had a great experience so far and I'm happy I did it on my own. After camp today I'm going to Quito with Andrea to visit the museum near the center of the world. I'm at camp now half way through the day. We...

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Jul 31, 2012 - Olympics and soup

July 31 Woke up this morning feeling a little better but my stomach still isn't 100%. Today we had 13 students in class. The shape of today was a star and the paper craft was a fan. We did the adding and subtracting contest along with yoga outside. After camp I went home and watched some of the London Olympics that my host Mom kindly put on the tv for me. I ate soup that my host Dad made for me to help my stomach then went to bed early again.

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Jul 30, 2012 - Feeling sick

July 30 I got to have a nice warm shower this morning it was a bit if a luxury. We only had 12 kids in class today, the numbers are dwindling. Andrea and I were the only two volunteers today and we had a few assistants helping out. Our shape today in class was a heart and the kids made cups out of paper. Andrea is helping me with spanish and I help her with her english. We are going to hangout more this week a few nights after camp. After lunch time I was feeling sick with a queasy stomach and chills. I skipped dinner. My host family made...

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Jul 29, 2012 - Tour of the falls in Baños

July 29 Tour of nine different waterfalls around Baños. We road two cable cars and got close to the waterfalls. We got soaked because it rained all day. The tour bus didn't have windows so it was pretty cold. Took ome nice photos and videos despite all the rain. On the way back from the tour we were stuck in traffic for about 45 mins. Our bus was like a party bus equipped with lights and big speakers to blast the music. A few of us girls jumped off the bus and started doing the ssmacarena and line dancing to helped pass the time while we...

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Jul 29, 2012 - The Last of South America

July 29th Our last day in Ecuador and we had it all to ourselves… until 4:15 that is. We got up late and messed around in the room then decided on a walk. We headed down hill to one of the city parks – “La Carolina.” Beautiful park. At one end a Sphinx – like statue where two women were holding what looked like a religious ceremony with a small fire on the statue and a pile of flower pedals. As we walked further there was kite flying, soccer. RC airplanes, picnics, vendors setting up stalls, and an elaborate play set for the kids –...

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Jul 28, 2012 - Vegetables and volcanoes

July 28th Up at 6:00 Am to a light rain. Alice had schedules a horse ride so we put on our waterproofs and walked down to the barn. Teddy, from New York, who spends summers at the inn, was saddling the horses. After a bit of a struggle, and with Alice's help, he got them saddled and off they road. About a half hour in the rain with a bit of cantering involved. After the ride Alice and a couple of the kids from Poland milked the inn's cow and collected about a dozen eggs from the chickens. We took them up into the kitchen then had some...

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Jul 28, 2012 - Helping the local community and Baños

July 28 We are driving through Palileo now on our way to Baños. Palileo is known for making jeans. People come from all over Ecuador to buy jeans here. They can make (copy) any size and style. Might give China a run for their money.. One day. ;) Today was the first time it rained since I've been in Ecuador. After breakfast at the hostel this morning we helped Josè and his family cut grass to feed the cows and goats down by the river. The family goat was used to carry the haul of wet grass back up the mountain. Livestock are also fed...

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Jul 27, 2012 - Salasaca community traditions, customs, and culture

July 27 In the bus on our way to Baños. The scenery is really beautiful. Lots of mountains. We got to stop once to take a panoramic pic. Next we are going to pass an active volcano called Cotopaxi it is 5023m high. We've left Pichincha and are in the Tungurahua province. Our journey is taking us through Latacunga, Salcedo, Ambato. We are staying tonight in small village in Salasaca called Wasalata Community. The traditional Quichua language is spoken in the small indigenous communities of Salasaca. The people of the village wear the...

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Jul 26, 2012 - Yoga, face painting and the locals

July 26 Today the kids really tired me out. Either that or meeting up with my friends after dinner last night and not getting to bed early enough. We met in the plaza (basically a square near the church also known as the park where people meet and hangout) to have a couple drinks and play cards. I had a non alcoholic drink called pony which is a carbonated malt drink I really liked. We played King's corners and I won the first round. Most of the kids were well behaved today but there were a couple incidents where boys were aggressive and...

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Jul 25, 2012 - Class structure

July 25 I worked with the 5-6 year olds today. I really enjoy the younger kids more than the older. Although the ones who don't listen very well make it a challenge. The volunteers already at the camp have a little routine for the kids each day which gives some structure. The morning is started with singing children's songs in spanish and English outside. Then the students are divided into 2 groups. One group is called pitufos (smurfs) and the other group is called gatos (cats). The children are separated into their groups and one group...

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