I'm originally from Sweden and came to Ecuador in 2005 as a backpacker with the goal to see the Galapagos. I honestly didn't know more about Ecuador than that they had these magical Islands and that Quito was the capital. I met people easily and they quickly told me about all the beautiful places to see in the Amazon, the mountains, and the coast. I also met my future wife, so I moved to Ecuador later in 2005.
Though I understand the importance of education, I was never much of a student when I was young as I just wanted to start working to have my own life and be able to travel. I finished what in English would be high school at 19, and studied to become an electrician. Most of my education has been traveling around the world, Asia, Europe, Australia, Latin America, and working to support that. I am now also fluent in Spanish, of course!
When Adelante Abroad first came to Ecuador and decided to start a program here I really liked that we all had the same thoughts about providing quality to fewer students rather than just looking at the quantity of students and number of placements.