Iris Butnaru, Medizin, Quito
My experience with EcuEVP was amazing! I received a grant from my university to study women’s health care and EcuEVP was able to provide me with a wonderful medical environment that would meet all my needs for my research project. For the month of July I worked in the obstetrics-gynecology unit in Quito’s Hospital del Sur. The doctors there were fabulous, they always took the time to explain medical procedures and allowed me to interview them and record their responses. In addition to the many times I observed deliveries, cesarean sections, and the tying of the fallopian tubes, I also assisted in deliveries and cesareans sections numerous times.
My host family was extremely generous and kind. They provided me meals fit for my eating habits (I’m a vegetarian) and always made sure that I knew where to go when traveling to the hospital and other parts of Quito.
This experience in Ecuador provided me with an incredible opportunity to learn about the different health issues in obstetrics-gynecology, to participate in various surgeries and medical procedures and to learn about another country’s health system and culture.
For any further question please reach me in my e-mail address. I will be pleased to help you with any information required.
Jenny, Russell, Teaching Ecuador
I couldn’t have spent the last seven and a half months of my life doing anything better than volunteering in Ecuador. I have discovered more about myself through this brief adventure than I ever imagined. I made the choice to put college aside for a year to therefore travel and learn life lessons which cannot be taught by teachers or professors. From traveling, I have gained an international perspective which I feel is the most important quality in forming a well-rounded person. I am extremely pleased with the success of my first solo trip abroad, and I owe it all to EcuEVP and it’s in-country contact Patricia and Mirian Fernandez, the two people who made this experience truly unforgettable.
Patricia and Miran have helped make my first trip abroad comfortable, safe, and memorable. They have not only been there for me as a source of information or a helpful guide, but in addition as personal friends who have cared for me every step of my journey. I couldn’t have wished for better people to rely on than Patrica and Mirian.
By traveling with EcuEVP I have had several amazing experiences, all of which being very influential upon my character. The most impacting experience was living and interacting with my home stay and my community. I not only learned how to live in another culture, but also how to appreciate new beliefs and lifestyles, how to accept new circumstances and people as they are, and how to enjoy the moment to it’s fullest. My amazing host family played a huge role in teaching me life lessons as well. The biggest lesson they taught me was the value of giving and sharing with loved ones. Not only was my ‚extended‘ family and surrounding community very welcoming and warm towards me, but they were the most generous people I’ve ever encountered in all my travels. Although I lived in poverty, I didn’t feel anything was missing or lacking. Through their every day actions, they showed me what little is necessary to have such a rich life.
My experiences with teaching were just as impacting. My students were phenomenal! They were as equally eager to learn English as they were to teach me Spanish. While I discovered a lot about the joys and trials of teaching from my kids, I also learned a lot from older students. Both teaching situations were challenging and fun in their own ways. I have always had an interest in the profession and this was a great opportunity to have a real and in-depth exploration.
After my four and a half months of living as part of a community in Rio Blanco, I traveled to an Animal Rescue Center to have yet another amazing experience. I volunteered at the center for 6 weeks and never tired of the smelly work. I discovered my true passion for animals. This rescue center provided me with a once in a life time opportunity to interact with exotic and fascinating critters in a close yet safe manner. Within 2 weeks I was offered the position as volunteer coordinator for four out of the six week stay. I happily accepted this position for it held a lot of responsibility which I felt I could handle. I was in charge of paperwork for all the volunteers, emails and phone calls to the center, and training new volunteers and monitoring their work. As volunteer coordinator, I learned a lot about the business portion of an organization and all the work it takes to run a private business. My time at the rescue center made my Ecuadorian trip complete!
I truly owe the success of my trip to Patricia and Mirian. From greeting me with a sign at the airport, to sleeping over for my first night at my host family’s, to guiding me around Quito, to guarding my excess luggage, they been like sisters taking care of me. They have made my Ecuadorian experience the memory of a lifetime. I have been completely satisfied with EcuEVP and their wonderful hard-workers, Patrica and Mirian. I would recommend this organization to anyone, especially those traveling alone or for their first time. EcuEVP has provided me with a wonderful adventure that has taught me things about myself I couldn’t have learned in a university.
Thanks so much to Patricia and Mirian for EVERYTHING!!!
Jenny Russell, U.S.A
Blake Schmidt, Journalismus, Ibarra
So far my experience in Ecuador has been a great challenge. I arrived on a Wednesday at midnight and went to work the next morning. I’m working for the daily „La Hora“, about 40 hours, 5 days a week. A major adjustment so far has been the accent. Having learned Spanish in Spain, the accent here is a bit difficult, as it is mixed in with the local tribal languages, especially for the „campesinos“. I’ve only been here for 2 weeks and I ‘we learned tons about the politics, social and economic conditions of Ecuador. I ‘we covered stories on hospital workers striking, leaving children and retirees in want of much need medical assistance. Children who have to work to pay for their entrance into elementary school. Hundreds of desperate unemployed, congregating in a furious huddle of tears and screams, seeking some sort of recourse. The list goes on. It is an entirely different world down here in Ecuador. I am enjoying so much and learning like I never did before.
On the weekends, I’m overwhelmed with travel options. Time and money are the only real barriers. As for the internship itself, you get out of it what you put in.
Veterans in the trade are invaluable resources to be tapped. So far it has been an eye-opening experience fit for the inquisitive and adventurous.