Katie and Tetyana
My summer experience in Ecuador with Georgetown University’s Nature and Culture program was among the best of my life. The duality of the program allowed me to broaden my knowledge of Latin American culture and life in and out of the classroom. Quito was an ideal city to live and learn in, and the Georgetown University professors, as well as the staff at the University of San Francisco Quito made our time spent there the best it could possibly be through cultural activities, sight seeing, and trips to other towns and cities. During the weeks we spent in the rainforest and the Galapagos Islands, I was able to observe first hand a unique part of nature that I had only read about in books. Through overcoming fears and taking risks, I became a stronger and more confident person, in addition to learning more than I ever thought possible. This trip not only enhanced my academic capabilities but it helped me to grow as a person as well. It truly was an incredible experience.
Ben, Siobhan, Katie and Nate
LaDonna and Sarah
One of my favorite parts of the Quito Program was the chance to really experience a whole new culture. By living with a host family, you automatically became part of the Ecuadorian society. My host family showed me how to cook traditional dishes and haggle for the best prices at the market. During the Summer I visited my host grandparents's farm, and was even invited back for a family reunion!
Being in Quito also gave you lots of opportunites to see Ecuador's culture. we ate at the cervecerias, we visited the museums and monuments, like "El panecillo," and we cheered when our team scored at the game of soccer. Hanging out with students of the university was also a great way to make new friends and see the real side of Ecuador first hand. During the weekends, we travelled all across the country, from the famous market of Otavalo to the hot springs resort of Papallachta. It was an incredible experience to live like and Ecuadorian, even if only for two months.
Middle of the World Monument
Sarah with her Ecuadorian Family
Eileen, Nicole and Olivia at the Farewell Dinner
A Wonderful Group!