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Bienvenido a Ecuador!

Late in the evening on May 5th, nine students from Saskatoon and Toronto flew in to Quito, a city dwarfed on all sides by the Andes Mountains. We drove north through the night to Otavalo, home of the largest outdoor market in South America, where we spent two days getting to know one another and doing a little market shopping.

After playing tourist for a couple days I got to bear witness to something spectacular. One by one, each of the nine students was greeted by a slightly nervous, very excited, very warm group of Ecuadorians and ushered off in all directions towards their new realities. The nervous excitement in the students was tangible over the past couple days, but nothing compares to the moment when a student bids farewell to all that is familiar and trusts the world to place them in the hands of a caring stranger.

The butterflies I felt in 2006 meeting my host family for the first time all came flooding back and with it came all the warm memories of my experience with Intercordiain Ukraine.

The chatter over the last couple days was curious and friendly. The students got along well and by their intent questions about their host families, I knew that they were incredibly kind, warm and open people. Getting to see how they embrace the differences in their lives and in others over the next eight to twelve weeks is going to be a rare privilege that I feel honoured to be a part of.

To the Intercordians in Ecuador this summer – you’ve already taught me so much. Be open, ask questions and good luck!


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