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Teach English in Ecuador's Pacific Coast- Expenses covered + Stipend
Alexandria Williams is from Charlotte, NC and is currently living in Ecuador teaching English. In May she plans to attend graduate school at the University of South Florida to study global communicable diseases and epidemiology.
GO: Why did you decide to volunteer abroad with Lead Adventures in Ecuador?
Alexandria: I had just graduated college and for years had told myself I would travel before I did anything else. Teaching English, while not a part of my degree, was the best way to live in another country without breaking the bank. Lead Adventures was a smaller program based in Ecuador and I liked that I would be working with children from a poorer area.
GO: Describe your day to day activities as a volunteer.
Alexandria: In the morning I would be picked up and taken to the school, along with the other volunteers. We would start at 8 am and teach until 12 pm. One of the girls and I would teach the older kids and two of the others would teach the younger kids. We would spend about 40 minutes per class, six in all. You can teach anything you want and play games and music to help the kids learn. Just getting them excited about English was the important part. After that we would catch a ride to the Port for lunch. The afternoons and weekends were free to travel and spend time with my host family and friends.
GO: What made this volunteer abroad experience unique and special?
Alexandria: For me this was my first opportunity to live in a foreign country- Meeting other people in the program who had the same passion to travel as me was a great way to make new friends. Also, living with a host family (while tricky at times!) was a learning and growing experience in how to understand a new culture and another family's way of life. Finally, the children at the school were full of life and loved being around the volunteers during recess. You really develop a connection with the kids and start to understand their lives.
GO: How has this experience impacted your future?
Alexandria: Making the decision to volunteer in another country was one of the best decisions I have ever made as it taught me a lot about myself, made me a stronger person, and opened up many more doors to continue traveling. The connections I made in Ecuador have allowed me to return for more time with a paid job through another company and a volunteer position with the food bank. I was invited back to live with my wonderful host family as well! Most importantly, seeing the health practices of another country strengthened my passion for public health and has helped solidify my future plans of graduate school in the field.
The people who run our 30 different volunteer programs throughout South America are passionate about Ecuador. They are specialists. LEAD Adventures does not believe agencies can offer people an authentic experience of a place unless they really know it themselves.
That is why LEAD chooses to focus all their attention on a small number of places. We do not do experiences of the world; we do experiences of South America and we do them very well.
So far we have given over 3000 people just like you an adventure in South America that they will never forget.
We can build you a custom made experience that gives you a unique opportunity to live and work in a local South American community making a real difference to people's lives and the environment. Live with like minded volunteers, quickly make new friends and experience Ecuador as it really is.