Recognizing Growth

Lucky number 7? I’ve now lived in Quito for 7 months, and I went through a bit of rough patch with recovering from being sick/losing my voice. I started my third cycle the end of March with barely being able to whisper! Fortunately, we had Thursday and Friday off from classes, so I spent that time resting at home. On Sunday, I celebrated Easter with my friend Adriene, and I enjoyed the traditional meal of fanesca. Fanesca is made with 12 grains!

Fanesca – photo from Karina Gordillo

My friend from Ecuador graciously cooked Fanesca and brought me a dish, and it was delicious! Her birthday was also during the first week of April, so we celebrated it at a restaurant eating pizza.

Karina’s birthday photo

¿Qué más? I have been continuing studying and practicing Spanish. I have started writing about 100 words of Spanish every morning and used the 365 days of prompts to help me. I feel lucky that I have friends here who can help me improve my Spanish! I also continue to attend language exchange clubs.

Quito Sunday Language Exchange

During the second week of April, I recorded a video of me giving a tour of my host family’s house, and I also took several photos of food that I eat and other activities I do during a normal week. You can see them on Instagram at @storiesbysydney. Unfortunately, in the middle of the week, my smartphone was stuck in a restarting loop, so I had to buy a new smartphone. I continued taking photos during the week.

Friday, April 13th was teachers’ day here in Ecuador, and my students surprised me with a cake! I loved that the cake had a picture of my face on it. 🙂

Teachers’ Day cake

My class 🙂

I endured a couple rough patches, but despite these, I started to recognize the topic of growth. I had a conversation about personal and professional growth with two different people without me bringing up the topic. I then realized – wow – when I arrived here, I could barely speak Spanish, I wasn’t confident with teaching, and I struggled with going out of my comfort zone.

Little by little, day by day, month by month — the progress is real. My Spanish level has increased from upper beginner to upper intermediate (according to a few online tests). I can basically watch shows in Spanish and read in Spanish without too many problems (provided the vocabulary isn’t too technical). The fact that students evaluated me well the end of last cycle and surprised me with a cake this cycle also shows my growth in teaching.

I’ll continue to make mistakes and deal with hiccups, which are facts of life, but it’s important to continue putting your best foot forward, recognize the progress you’ve made, and balance your hard work with enjoyable activities.

P.S. I think my package is coming next month. *crosses fingers*

Thank you for reading!

Disclaimer: The ideas and thoughts expressed within this blog are my own and are not the views or opinions of WorldTeach.

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Ups & Downs of Traveling

Hi, there! Oh, how the months are flying by! I finished my second cycle of teaching here in Quito on March 14th, which went swimmingly well and better than my first cycle of teaching. My students were overall motivated and engaged in class, and it was difficult to say goodbye to such buena gente. It looks like with this next cycle, which starts tomorrow, I will be teaching the same level for two classes, still in the mornings, but in a different building without technology, which will be challenging. I still continue to practice yoga and study/practice Spanish weekly, and I’ve started language exchanging with an English teacher from Quito.

I had a week and a half off for break, and during this time, I was ambitious with my travels. I spontaneously signed up for 3 days/2 nights in Cuyabeno in the Amazon. I took a private bus at night from Quito to Lago Agrio, which took 7 hours, and I threw up along the way with bad motion sickness and didn’t get much sleep. When I got there, I waited for the guide for a few hours, and I chatted with people from Germany and Denmark. The guide came, and I took a bus for another two hours to a small pueblo, and then I took a motorized canoe for another two hours to the lodge.

Here’s the cabins where I stayed in the Amazon.

The lodge didn’t have hot water or cell phone reception, and it used solar panels for electricity, which was limited. I didn’t have any electricity in my cabin, but I could charge my phone near the kitchen during the day. My group had 11 people (including me) with people from the States, the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, and Ecuador. We ate lunch, which was a delicious fish, and then the guide later took us to a lake, and we saw dolphins! We also saw lots of birds and monkeys along the way. It’s very difficult to get snaps of these elusive animals!

The next day, we observed toucans and other birds early in the morning, and then we went on a three hour hike in the jungle, and we saw different types of medicinal plants and frogs and lizards. We also tried ants that tasted like lemons. Later that day, we got into an actual small canoe, and we paddled around a lake that had trees inundated in the water, and we saw a lovely sunset.

Here’s me in a hole in a tree.

Here’s me holding a piranha!

On the last day, we had an early morning motorized canoe ride and saw more birds and monkeys along the way. After that, I went home again via the canoe and buses again. I forgot my coat (later got it back from a friend’s friend) and left with sunburns and bug bites, but I enjoyed seeing the animals and plants, meeting people from all over the world, and eating authentic food.

A lovely heron.

After I got back to Quito, I slept through the night, and then I took a 10-hour day bus to Cuenca. I arrived that night, and I stayed with a friend’s friend (who is now my friend) and her stepmom, two half-siblings, and two cousins. The next day, we took a bus to the ruins of Ingapirca, and it felt surreal seeing these man-made structures from over a thousand years ago.

First looks at the ruins.

Here’s me at the ruins.

Here’s me at the “Face of the Inca.”

The next day, we went to Pumapungo Museum, which was FREE, and we saw lots of lovely paintings done by Cuencan painters from a long time ago, and we saw interesting artifacts about different ethnicities in Ecuador. I also saw an exhibit about the different types of money that Ecuador had throughout its history. We also walked through the garden next to the museum, and it had llamas and a huge cage with lots of different types of birds (toucans mostly). We then walked throughout the city and saw lots of beautiful cathedrals.

The museum had llamas in the garden!

I’m taking a picture of the New Cathedral of Cuenca.

Here’s me inside of the New Cathedral of Cuenca.

Here’s me at the Old Cathedral of Cuenca.

Here’s me in the middle of the sign at night.

On the last day, we went to a place with a beautiful view of the city, and it had lots of adventurous activities like ziplinines and a swing. I rode the swing, which was thrilling and terrifying, but I’m glad that I did it! That night, I took the 10-hour bus ride home to Quito.

Here’s me at the Mirador de Turi — the best view of Cuenca.

Here’s me swinging at the Mirador de Turi.

After I got back to Quito, my health took a turn for the worse. I was exhausted and dehydrated, and my cold got worse. I also was suffering from bad stomach issues, so I ended up having to see a doctor yesterday to get everything sorted out. I should’ve done a lot of things during my travels to prevent this, such as, eating better food, taking probiotics, drinking more water, and stretching and exercising periodically on my bus rides. However, above all, I’m proud of myself for traveling alone to these places and experiencing more of the beauty of Ecuador!

Thank you for reading!

Disclaimer: The ideas and thoughts expressed within this blog are my own and are not the views or opinions of WorldTeach.

Midpoint Reflection

Have you ever ran some type of race, and when you reached the halfway point, you either wanted to stay consistent, push harder, slow down, or give up? I’m now at the midpoint of my 10-month service here in Quito, Ecuador, and I’ve been reflecting on how far I’ve come and how I want to proceed.

Reflecting on this past month, I went to Baños for our cohort’s mid-service conference, took a trip to Pasochoa (an extinct volcano) and hiked with some new friends, attended a Super Bowl party and ate some wings, and visited Amaguaña for the Carnaval. I also had some coffee with friends and ate a delicious cake for Valentine’s Day, and that weekend, I baked some brownies with my friends as they made delicious aji and lentil hamburgers, and I visited a vegan festival and tried a soy hot dog.

The mid-service in Baños was a pretty fun time despite the 4-hour trip to get there from Quito. We reflected on our time here and our goals, we discussed teaching strategies, and we received alpaca blankets as gifts. Can you find me in the picture? I chose a white blanket because my dog will get his white hair all over it when I get home to the States (haha).

WorldTeach Ecuador

WorldTeach Ecuador September Cohort wearing alpaca blankets.

The following weekend, I hiked most of Pasochoa with a couple new friends, and we discussed life and its challenges as well as other journeys we have endured. I enjoyed being surrounded by fresh air and nature; however, I don’t hike very often, so I nearly passed out from the altitude, but I didn’t have to sit during the hike, which counts as an achievement for me.

Rockin’ my hiking hat with two new buds.

I went to Amaguaña (an hour southeast of Quito) for Carnaval, which was February 10-13, but I was only there on Sunday, the 11th. I went with my friend, her boyfriend, and my friend’s roommate. From a parade full of dancing to concerts filled with music, I enjoyed partying and eating tasty foods. I can’t count the number of times that I got sprayed with foam, smashed with eggs, thrown at with flour and black colors, but I think I’ll never forget my hair feeling stale.

I was covered in black colored dust, eggs, flour, and foam.

I couldn’t help but laugh!

I met a lot of new people this past month, and I enjoyed taking time away from working and studying Spanish. Lately I have questioned if my Spanish and teaching has improved because it’s hard to tell. I have felt frustrated sometimes with these goals, and I know I have to keep moving forward. Thankfully, I have felt more comfortable with teaching this cycle, and it’s a relief to have a better grasp on the material. Sometimes it’s good to take a break and enjoy other things though to recenter yourself and not get burned out.

Enjoying some cake to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

It’s shocking that it’s been five months, and I have five more to go! I was disappointed that I didn’t go to Cuenca for Carnaval, but I’m hoping I can go there during the March break. I also found out my family will come to visit me over my 27th birthday during the last week of May, so I’m looking forward to that. I suppose plans change and evolve over time because life has different plans for you. It’s a challenge to stay grateful and positive sometimes, especially when after 5 months, the mail service here says you can’t have your package…

Each day comes with new challenges and duties, and sometimes I have to be patient and roll with it. It’s hard though to think about what my life will be like after Ecuador when I return to the States! I’m trying to take it day by day and live in the present.

Thank you for reading my monthly journal of my time in Ecuador!

Disclaimer: The ideas and thoughts expressed within this blog are my own and are not the views or opinions of WorldTeach.

Goals & Plans

Wow, it’s 2018!  ¡Feliz Año! It’s always hard for me to believe how quickly the year went by, and it’s difficult every January for me to face the new year. At least this year in Quito I don’t have to deal with a cold, harsh winter. It’s been raining here more than usual, and it’s been a little chilly, but we have sunny days too.

Anyway, my husband came to visit me from December 27th – January 3rd, and it was good to spend time together. He tried some Ecuadorian food and met my host family, I showed him north and south Quito and where I work, we watched Star Wars in English, we visited Baños for a day, we toured la Capilla del Hombre (Guayasamín’s house and museum, which I highly recommend), and we spent time together in the Foch.

Every day with him was so precious, and it was difficult for us to say good-bye to each other. I’m glad that he brought me clothing, toiletries, Gardetto’s, and candy to help me get through the next six months! My parents sent me a package in September, and I still haven’t received it, and at this point, I don’t know if I will. It’s frustrating that the mailing system isn’t like the one in the States.

When I return to the States in August, we’re planning on having a Holi-Jo-Sy-day-Palooza (still working on the name), where we’ll celebrate several holidays and our 1-year marriage anniversary with food, candy, movies, frozen yogurt, and cake.

We loved the views of the mountains in Baños.

A picture of us in front of the Basílica del Voto Nacional.

I rode the swing “at the edge of the world.”

Here’s us in front of Capilla del Hombre.

I didn’t do a lot of traveling over the holiday break, but I hope to do more before I leave the first week of August. I’m planning on going to Cuenca for Carnaval in February with my friend, and I’m looking into going to the Amazon in March and the Galapagos Islands end of May (my birthday!). I’d like to go on more weekend trips to places like Ibarra, Ambato, Riobamba, and other cities, but I suppose we’ll see.

This past weekend I went to the hot springs in Papallacta with a few people, and although it was a bit cold and rainy, we enjoyed relaxing in the warm, mineral water that comes directly from a volcano. This upcoming weekend I’m going to Baños again for WorldTeach’s mid-conference, but it’s for professional reasons.

I also started my second cycle of teaching here on Tuesday, January 16th, and I have the same schedule and English levels as the last cycle. The students seem good so far, and I’m going to do my best to keep up with my goals for teaching this cycle, which include more activities, more speaking & listening activities, more feedback, and as always, more preparation.

I’m still practicing yoga three times a week and practicing Spanish at language exchange clubs and with Ecuadorian friends, and I noticed that while my vocabulary has improved from flashcards and asking questions, I still have trouble with some grammar concepts and listening. I’m going to keep trying though, and I urge all of you to stick to your goals no matter what time of the year it is! 🙂

Thank you for reading!

Disclaimer: The ideas and thoughts expressed within this blog are my own and are not the views or opinions of WorldTeach.

Pushing Forward

“If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.”

Well, here we are — 3 months. I have never lived abroad for this long nor have I ever written a blog on Christmas Day, but life is full of firsts. They say that people hit a wall after 3 months, and I think I’m about at that point in terms of feeling a bit overwhelmed with the culture, a bit discouraged with learning Spanish, and a bit worn out from teaching. I saw the quote above the other day, and it’s so powerful to me. I have to remember to reevaluate my goals and motivations for being here, continue to be grateful and curious, and keep working hard and having fun.

A ver…what have I done this last month? I finished my first cycle here of teaching English, watched “Justice League” in English with Spanish subtitles in theaters with my friend, visited Otavalo, made eggnog with my friend, and celebrated Christmas with my host family. I’m proud that I finished my first cycle of teaching, and I hope that the next cycle will be even better now that I have learned the ropes around here. I enjoyed getting to know the students better and coordinating games with them to help them improve their English. What I learned the most is that I need to incorporate more worksheets/activities/explanations outside of the textbook.

Here’s my classroom:

teaching, classroom

Another experience I had one weekend was watching a movie in English with Spanish subtitles in theatres. I think this theatre blew me away with how similar it is to America, and the mall was even blowing fake snow and had a slide.

I also went to Otavalo with my friend and bought gifts for my family, which my husband will take back to my family (the mail isn’t reliable). Otavalo is a pretty small town with a huge world market of craft goods. I enjoyed being surrounded by beautiful colors.


For the first time in my life, I made homemade eggnog with my friend, and it was a lot of fun! Eggnog isn’t really a thing here, so I wanted to make it myself because I didn’t want to miss out on drinking it during the holiday season. My friend was reading the recipe in Spanish while I was reading it in English while we were making it, and we worked really well together. The eggnog was sweet, rich, thick, and overall not bad.

Lastly, I spent Christmas with my host family. For Christmas Eve, we visited my host mom’s relatives and ate dinner with them, listened to music, and prayed a bit for a tradition called “Novena.” Novena is where they pray every night for nine days before Christmas. The host family gave me a warm alpaca blanket, which was funny because I coincidentally gave them an alpaca blanket as well! After the party last night, I wasn’t feeling too well today, but they invited me out with them, and I couldn’t say no. We ate lunch and ice cream and then watched Star Wars in Spanish, which didn’t have subtitles, so I didn’t understand much, but I liked the movie.

It’s also been tough not having my husband here every day with me and not spending the holiday with him (and my family in South Dakota). A long-distance marriage isn’t ideal, but at least it’s temporary. I’m excited for him to arrive in a couple days, and he’ll be here for a week. 🙂 People think we’re crazy, but teaching abroad in South America has been a dream of mine for a long time, and the timing was finally right for it, so I’m not going to give up.

I’m determined to learn more and teach those who want to learn.

Thank you for reading!

Disclaimer: The ideas and thoughts expressed within this blog are my own and are not the views or opinions of WorldTeach.

Being Grateful Abroad

Hola readers, ¿cómo están? I’ve now been here for a little over two months! I still feel surprised every morning when I realize that I’m in Quito, Ecuador. Every day brings new challenges, opportunities, and experiences (both good and bad). Sometimes I don’t feel like I’m flowing like water — I feel like I’m flowing like sludge.  I’ve had moments where I asked myself what the heck I’m doing here. When the washer machine is too hard on my clothes, when the weather is hot and cold like the Katy Perry song, when I feel alone here, I wonder. Being grateful is something I have to practice every day. I have to appreciate what’s going right in my life and that what I’m doing here is meaningful and vale la pena (worth the effort).

I started teaching English here on October 24th. I teach two classes that are different levels in the morning to young adults (mostly college students). Not only is it difficult to teach so early in the morning, but it’s also difficult to teach two different levels! Needless to say, I’m always busy. While I’ve had a bit of experience with teaching, it’s nothing like this. I have to remind myself that they’re not going to understand every nook and cranny of what I say every day. I need to draw, act it out, point at things, and talk slowly as much as possible to ensure that they’re understanding the material.

Overall, I’ve enjoyed teaching English so far. While lesson planning never stops and explaining grammar has its moments of difficulty, the best part is when we’re doing an activity and they don’t even realize that they’re using the new vocabulary or grammar. I’m starting to get the hang of some stuff, but like always, there’s room for improvement 😉 I teach in this colonial house:

The biggest thing I’ve struggled with yet enjoyed a bit so far is the holiday season here. I miss fall holidays in America very much! Thankfully, our group of WorldTeach volunteers celebrated Halloween on the 28th in a fun place. I also celebrated myself by watching all of Season 2 of Stranger Things in like two days, but that’s neither here nor there. Anyway, I got November 2nd and 3rd off from teaching because they celebrate Día de los Difuntos here. The family gave me bread that looked like a child with icing on it (called guagua) and some purple sweet liquid called “colada morada.” Um, yum. It represents the body and blood of Christ. Looked a little like this (found online):

 

During those two days off, I traveled to a beach on the coast of Ecuador called “Estero del Platano.” This trip tried my patience, but overall, it was relaxing. I took a 6.5 hour bus ride to Atacames, grabbed some lunch and groceries, and then we took a taxi to a small town called Galera. Uh oh, wrong place. Now what? I rechecked the title of the airbnb house, and it said “Estero del platano.” I thought, “Where’s that?” We asked the taxi driver, and he took us there. This was a pueblo straight up 100%. Not a grocery store in sight. The beach had 0 cell phone service or Internet connection, so I was completely disconnected.

We just happened to see two other volunteers walking along the road when we arrived too. Thankfully, they escorted us to the airbnb house. The house had four bedrooms, four bathrooms, and 10 beds total. The kitchen had everything we needed to cook our meals for the next three days. While not texting my husband was hard, I did enjoy relaxing on the beach. I spent a few hours in the warm ocean water playing with the waves. I got stung by a jellyfish or something, which freaked me out, but I turned out fine.

Here’s the house we stayed in:

Hermosa Casa en frente de Estero del Platano

Here’s me in the water:

Here’s my friend Adriene and I at the beach:

 

Later in November, I went to the historical district of Quito again and visited the Basílica del Voto Nacional. The cathedral displayed glass mosaics illuminating the inside of the church, and I climbed the stairs to the top to see the extensive views of the pastel-colored houses of the city.

As far as Thanksgiving goes…haha, what Thanksgiving? They don’t celebrate that here. That whole week tried my emotions. I ate fish alone that Thursday. Wow, great fun. It was the first Thanksgiving without my husband or family. Thankfully, yes thankfully, the group of volunteers will have our very own “Friendsgiving” with Thanksgiving dishes next weekend.

Back to being grateful: What am I thankful for? I’m thankful for my hospitable host family, wonderful new Ecuadorian friends, language exchange clubs, practicing yoga, motivated students, affordable and tasty lunches, beautiful green parks here, a nearby cafe, fun day or weekend trips, living within walking distance of my job, palm trees and no snow here, learning more Spanish every day, having all the necessities, and good health. Most of all, I’m thankful to be living abroad even with all of its challenges.

Thank you for reading!

Disclaimer: The ideas and thoughts expressed within this blog are my own and are not the views or opinions of WorldTeach.

 

A Quirky Young Lady’s First Impressions of Quito

The view of dotted lights painting the city of Quito at night? Well, nothing compares to a welcome like that.

A month…okay…roughly 4 weeks have gone by since my Quito arrival. After a tearful goodbye with my husband, taking a red-eye flight from Denver to NYC, a flight from NYC to Fort Lauderdale, and a flight from Fort Lauderdale to Quito, (breathes in), you can only imagine how tired I was when I arrived at 10:30 p.m. at night. After we landed, nearly everyone on the plane started clapping. I knew right away I was in a different country because Americans don’t usually clap on a plane unless the plane ride was bumpy and frightening along the way!

I met up with several volunteers in the airport after customs, and we waited for our shuttle ride drivers. After waiting for other volunteers and the drivers, the drivers walked us over to the two cars. Somehow the drivers packed about 11 people’s bags into/onto (literally on top of) two different cars and drove us to the hostel, which was 45 minutes away. My first impressions of Quito were that the people are welcoming and the city has a mixture of rundown and developed buildings (many are colorful). I nearly shouted hallelujah after seeing a shower and bed at the hostel at 1 a.m.  After a much needed night’s sleep, several volunteers and I explored Quito a bit the next day.

First of all, you have to be careful walking around here because the taxis, cars, buses, and bicyclists are on a mission to get to their destination (pedestrians don’t have the right-of-way). Trees and metal rods jut out of sidewalks, and some sidewalks have square holes in the ground (#justcitystuff).  Vendors and kiosks line the street with odds and ends and goods and more goods. We walked around the famous Foch area and had a bite to eat.

Foch sign Foch area

During the day, the ladies from the first hostel moved over to a different hostel. It had a lovely terrace area, and we played a few card games.

Later that evening, everyone met up (38 volunteers total), and we played a spider web yarn game with the group. We then ate traditional food at a swanky restaurant. I tried ceviche and goat for the first time, and I was impressed with its deliciousness. I also learned that it’s not recommended to drink tap water here, but that’s okay, because the variety of fruit juices are endless (guanoabana for the win), and 2 liters of bottled water is like 60 cents. (It’ okay to use the tap water for brushing your teeth and washing your face.)

goat

We started orientation the next day in CEC, and that evening, the son and mom of my host family came to pick me up and another volunteer. The mom gave us a warm welcome, and after her brother-in-law dropped off our bags at the house, he came back and picked us all up. We live only four blocks away from CEC, so we lucked out in that regard. The host family house has an upstairs and downstairs. The other volunteer and I each have our own bedroom, and we share a bathroom (the host family doesn’t use this bathroom). They also have a washer and clothesline in their patio area.

The next two and a half weeks were filled with orientation activities, from diversity and safety sessions to teaching and culture sessions. I also took 10 Spanish group lessons as well. I’m pretty sure you don’t want me to go in too much detail about orientation, but it was all important stuff we needed to know to have a successful year abroad here teaching English in Quito.

On the weekends of those two and a half weeks, we went on several trips.

First, we went to TeleferiQo, where a cable car transported us on the east side of Pichincha Volcano. It took us up from around 10,000 feet to about 13,000 feet. A few of us hiked up the volcano for a couple of hours. Some made it up to the top, and I was pretty close, but I was cold and hungry, and I wasn’t prepared to climb rocks. The views were stunning though.

Teleferiqo

Teleferiqo

Another trip we took was to Mindo. Here, I zip lined on 10 different lines, swung on a Tarzan swing, and tasted the best coffee of my life after learning how it’s made right there.

Group view

Front

I also checked out Mitad del Mundo with our volunteer group. Here, half my body was on the northern hemisphere, and half my body was on the southern hemisphere. I also balanced an egg on the equator, and I earned a certificate!

Ecuador latitude line

Egg balance

They called me the “eggmaster.”

Egg certificate

Last weekend, I toured the historical center of Quito with an Ecuadorian. We visited a glorious church with golden walls and sculptures (no pics allowed), a cultural museum, and El Panecillo.

Cultural art bell church

El Panecillo

El Panecillo

In the meantime, I’ve been meeting some great Ecuadorians at language exchange clubs, spending time with my host family here and there, practicing some yoga, shopping, and relaxing and studying Spanish as much as I can. I earned a Spanish minor in college over four years ago, so I’m having to relearn some stuff while practicing the best I can.

I’m not going to deny that I haven’t experienced my fair share of challenges along the way. Mostly with struggling with Spanish, missing my husband and family dearly, trying to eat foods without milk/cheese because I’m lactose intolerant, accidentally bonking my head on one of my favorite restaurant’s low ceiling and bleeding a bit (the restaurant painted it red after that haha), trying to practice yoga, being brave to walk outside or ride the buses alone, remembering to throw toilet paper in the trash (plumbing can’t handle it), praying that when I get into the shower it will be warm with full water pressure, and feeling confident with lesson planning and teaching.

What I’ve loved most so far? The host family and Ecuadorians are kind and happy, there’s cute dogs everywhere, the parks are beautiful, supportive WorldTeach directors, other friendly volunteers, the culture revolves around family and friends, not individualism and capitalism, the 25 cent bus rides, endless cultural activities and sites, the mountain views are glorious, the places to shop are endless, there’s plentiful places to eat $2.50-$4 almuerzos (lunches) with soup, rice, meat, juice, and more that will fill you up to your heart’s delight. I grew up in suburbs nearly my whole life, and nothing compares to city living in another country.

I start teaching next Tuesday, and I’m looking forward to working with young adults and professionals. My contributions could open up more opportunities in their careers. While Ecuador has plenty of teachers who can speak English, this particular college is in need of sophisticated native English speakers who can teach those at an advanced and academic level.

I’m also looking forward to getting into a routine, meeting other Ecuadorian teachers, and doing more writing and exploring on the side. Who knows what the next nine months will bring?

I welcome questions. Thanks for reading!

Disclaimer: The ideas and thoughts expressed within this blog are my own and are not the views or opinions of WorldTeach.