February 28th- March 8th, 2015
ABE offers a spring break trip to work with the indigenous community of Esperanza. We are able to continue the CSB/SJU relationship with the community in Esperanza as a May term group works with them in May. Last year's ABE trip spent the majority of the week assisting the community in tasks such as gardening, cleaning, painting, and playing with the children. They assisted in the classrooms and held their own after school program where they taught Math and English.
"Ecuador is the perfect example of love and community living. To become so attached to a place in one week is truly extrodinary." ~ 2014 Participant
What to Expect:
- Cost: Each ABE trip costs $375. International trips have the added cost of flights. In the past flights to Ecuador have cost $925.70 (2013) and $801.56 (2014). International ABE trips have the additional expense of $25 for an ISIC card. We require International Student ID Cards (ISIC) to all CSB/SJU students, faculty and staff traveling internationally on short-term programs. The Basic ISIC card ($25) is required to bridge the gap for emergency evacuation and repatriation insurance.
- Travel: The group will fly from Minneapolis to Quito, Ecuador and then take a bus to Otavalo. Each day they will bus to Esperanza for work.
- Lodging: Participants will stay in La Posada del Quinde in Otavalo
- Food: Breakfast and lunch are provided by the hotel and include some traditional local dishes. Dinner will be provided using SNAP funds.
- Work: Work will be varied depending on the needs of the site. Work will be done with the indigenous community of Esperanza. In the past participants have assisted the profesoras in the mornings with their students, built fences around gardens, painted the building, and organized classrooms. In the afternoons they taught English and Math to the children at an after school program.
- Extra Fun: There are many fun things to do during your stay including hiking a waterfall or a sunken valcano, visiting a bird park, visiting the food and craft markets, and getting a cuy cleansing! The hotel staff is very helpful in assisting you with directions. Participants should bring extra money for taxis to these locations and to pay for the cost of these fun activities!
- Focus: Volunteering with the indigenous community of Esperanza in education, crafts, book drive, cultural diversity, building, agriculture, etc.
Please note: $100 due with acceptance of a position!
Any questions about this trip can be directed to Alternative Break Experiences at firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Points of Interest:
- Spanish immersion
- Cultural diversity
- Social Justice
- Environmental Issues and Education
- English Tutoring
- Math Tutoring
From Past Participants:
"Ecuador was the best experience I have had in college. It pushed all of my limits and taught me to be more open to others, and also with myself." ~ 2014 Participant
"This experience has changed my life. We go to the community to help them- but I believe they have helped me and changed my outlook on life." ~ 2014 Participant