Words can’t describe this magical place. It’s like no other place I’ve ever been to: the never ending sound of the jungle; the incredible wildlife that we’ve been constantly surrounded by; the immensely tall trees and the beautiful River Napo running right past where we’ve been staying – The Gaia Amazon Eco Lodge. We began… Read More


“Did you see the little dead bodies?” That is what Lilly asked me Thursday night.  Okay, relax, it’s not what you think. We had a farewell party before we left Agato and the families cooked us their local delicacy – guinea pigs. So, when Lilly inquired about the little dead bodies she was only referring… Read More


So we survived the week, we also managed to speak some Spanish and we are yet to get lost. What can I say, it’s a week of successes.  On Tuesday we took a bus tour around Quito which gave us fantastic views of the city. Ecuador is an odd combination of modern and old, run… Read More


July 17th Naomi and I ate breakfast then walked to Charlotte and Alexi’s house at 8:30. Everyone walked up together to Pakarinka.   There, we waited inside for news about today’s work. While we waited, I finished writing the blog for last week. Since there was a chance of rain, work was cancelled at the… 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


Apologies for the late update about our adventures in the Andes! We all had an amazing time (for the most part) and had some really incredible experiences which we’ll never forget! After a rather long (and tiring) journey from Quito we got to Chilcapamba where we were met by Alfonso, who is the head of… Read More


This experience was life changing. Although this is from a personal point of view, I wanted to share the great personal development this trip gave me. I believe travel and unknown/unusual environments affects and shapes any individual. It altered my being in a way I find hard to articulate, it changes you and challenges you… Read More


Hello, I’m Ginny and I’m incredibly excited to be the summer Ecuador blogger. After being unsuccessful in my first application to University, I decided to take a gap year with my best friend who was in the same position. We spent the first few months researching different programmes and trying to work out where we… Read More


During our time in the jungle we’ve been lucky enough to live with the wonderful Calazacón family of the Tsà Chila tribe in El Poste. Yesterday we were all talking about the best bits of our time here and without fail, every one was something to do with the family. They have made us feel… Read More