As we dreaded, our last week has just about gone by. After a six hour bus ride from Quito, we got to our absolutely stunning and secluded home in the middle of the Amazon Rainforest. We arrived to the Gaia Lodge with Group B as well, so there are now 31 of us together. It’s… Read More


I don’t think two weeks have ever flown by as fast as these past couple in the Galapagos. We were greeted at the airport by Geovanni, our new project leader, and multiple white pickup trucks (the taxi vehicles on the island) to escort us to our home here called Hacienda Tranquila. Since we arrived on… Read More


I think it’s safe to say our adventure week lived up to everyone’s adrenaline-seeking expectation! We kicked the week off in Quilotoa, a quaint village right on the edge of a crater lake. Our first day was spent hiking down to the water and kayaking, which proved to be a lot easier said than done… Read More


Sorry I’ve skipped a week of writing, but illnesses have been getting the best of us here in Ecuador! The spiralling wheel of sickness started with everyone’s favorite vegan, Luisa, who was diagnosed with a parasite on our first day here in the Andes. Tori was the next victim a few days later with a… Read More


After a weekend of beach-bumming and french fry eating in Canoa, we returned to the jungle well rested (and showered!!) for our final week with the Tsáchila tribe. Last week, it rained almost 24 hours per day, which is to be expected since it’s the rainy season. This week though, we’ve lucked out with a… Read More


Our first week of living in the Tsáchila community has been nothing shy of incredible. When we arrived in the jungle last Saturday and saw our extremely basic living conditions, I think the initial instinct among all was complete fear. However, the living situation has ended up being one of the best parts of the… Read More


Elementary school–> Middle school–> High school–> University. That’s the nonstop path a “normal” student in America follows. That’s the path I always assumed I would follow. I never once questioned it or thought to go against society’s strong pressure to comply. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would delay university for a… Read More


With a well needed stopover in Quito to top up on snacks, contact families, celebrate the birthday of a group member with dubiously named drinks and buy copious amounts of insect repellent the group travelled from Agato to the next community – the Tsachila community of Bua, near Santa Domingo.  Here the group spent two… Read More


The group first met as a whole in Quito, some tired from long cross continental flights and early morning layovers in Bogota and others fresh from much shorter trips from North America.  Following an orientation and explanation of the places we are going to visit we spent the first weekend exploring Quito, a deceptively hilly and… Read More