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LeahCarriere

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My Trip to Ecuador

I am traveling to Ecuador for ten weeks where I will be taking intensive Spanish language classes and volunteering in a community development/ conservation project. I know that this trip will be a major milestone in my life so I wish to share my experiences with my family, friends, and other prospective volunteers.

¡Hasta luego, América!

United States United States  |  Sep 08, 2012
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While sitting at JFK and waiting to board my plane to Bogotá, where I have a short layover, it has finally hit me that I am going to be far away from home very soon. I'm going to be taking intensive Spanish classes and volunteering in Ecuador for the next ten weeks. I planned this trip a little bit last minute, as I always seem to do, but I feel surprisingly prepared. I've been thinking about doing something like this for a long time and I already feel accomplished by just seeing it through. This trip is important to me because I currently plan on going to graduate school to study sustainable development practices but who knows, this trip could really make it or break it for me. I am overwhelmingly excited to get there but I have to admit that I am a little bit nervous about a few things. I'm a little worried about getting sick or hurting myself and I'm not quite sure how I'll react to getting my hands dirty but I am definitely keeping an open mind. I'm also a little nervous about staying in a Spanish speaking country because my Spanish is not so great but I'm sure I'll be forced to catch on pretty quick. Even with my pre-trip jitters, my excitement definitely trumps my worries. I'm about to go to a beautiful country with amazing diversity, meet cool people, and do lots of fun things; it really couldn't get any better. This trip is destined to be a memorable experience. Anyways, my plane is about to board. I'll try to write again as soon as possible!

Adiós!

-Leah 

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  • ¡Hasta luego, América!

    September 08, 2012
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