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Ecuador

Lauren A. Tabor

Organization: Cloud Forest Adventure
Dates: 31 May 2014 to 26 July 2014

In Lauren's own words

How I contributed: I taught English in the local school during the morning, giving the children experience with a foreigner.  I also helped to work on the farm of the people who I was staying with.

What I felt most challenged by: I wasn't prepared for how exhausting teaching children is.

What I enjoyed most: I loved walking everywhere.  The hike to and from the school was invigorating.  I only hiked out to the secondary pastures twice, but it was very rewarding.

Would I recommend this experience: Yes.  The leader of the program, Ned, is very keen on talking with the student beforehand and placing them according to interests and preferences.  There is the option to only teach, only farm, or do both.  Additionally, the drastic changes in altitude in the mountainous area provides a choice in climate, from temperate to tropical.  Furthermore, the absolute isolation from the "outside world" was one of the most powerful parts of my time there.

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