AMIGOS Ecuador Project Visit

The 2018 Ecuador Project trip will take place from July 10-16, 2018. The idea was generated by AMIGOS alumni Doug Alexander (1970, ’71, ’72, ’73,’74, ’75) and Ed Cazier (’76, ’77, ’78, ’79, ’81) who will serve as “Chairs” of the trip.  They each wanted to offer some of our valued stakeholders the opportunity to reconnect with AMIGOS in the field today.

Who will attend? Dedicated AMIGOS alumni, including some who served in Ecuador, parents of alumni and our current leaders and supporters. As this is the first trip of its kind in many years, we know we are inviting just a subset of the people who meet these criteria. We are hopeful that this experience will pave the way for many more project visits of this kind in the future.

Our goals: We hope that this visit will foster continued engagement and support of the AMIGOS mission and an interest in possible future leadership of the organization.

During our time together, you will have the opportunity to engage with national and local partner agency staff, AMIGOS project leadership team members (formerly known as “field” or “project staff”) , current Amigos from the U.S., and Ecuadorian alumni from our Summer and Youth Ambassador Programs.


Below is the overview of the itinerary for the visit. More details will be added on as they are confirmed. We ask that attendees arrive no later than July 10 in the evening, as the group will convene for our first meeting on the morning of July 11. The formal meeting events will conclude with dinner in Quito on Sunday, July 15. An optional excursion to the Galapagos is available to all trip participants who are interested.

Itinerary – Project visit

Tuesday, July 10

  • Arrival to Quito, Ecuador

Wednesday, July 11

  • Welcome breakfast
  • Meet with leadership at the national office of Plan International Ecuador
  • Travel to Riobamba, Chimborazo
  • Dinner with Summer Project leadership

Thursday, July 12

  • Meet with staff of local office of Plan Ecuador
  • Late AM through afternoon – Community visits in small groups
  • Dinner

Friday, July 13

  • Day excursion to Chimborazo Volcano
  • Dinner

Saturday, July 14

  • Travel to Guamote to attend a youth workshop (“youth encuentro”)
  • Final dinner in Riobamba

Saturday, July 15 – Return to Quito, Ecuador*

  • Travel to Quito, visiting Lago Quilotoa on the way
  • Closing dinner

*Those traveling to the Galapagos will return to Quito on the 14th 


Itinerary – TRIp To the Galapagos – Optional Extension

July 14 – Return to Quito from Riobamba

July 15 – Fly from Quito Airport to Baltra Airport, Galapagos

July 15 pm – July 19 am – Tour of the islands

July 19 pm – Fly from Baltra Airport to Quito

Trip Attendees 

  • Stacy & Doug Alexander (‘70, ‘71, ‘72, ‘73, ‘74)
  • Suky & Ed Cazier (‘76, ‘77, ‘78, ‘79, ‘81)
  • Margie & Peter Benziger (‘67, ‘69, ‘72)
  • Patricia Grad (’93)
  • Karen and Fred Hulting (alum parents ’10, ’11, ’12, ’13, ’14)
  • Catherine Masterson (’88)
  • Catherine McKay (‘90, ‘92, ‘94, ‘95)
  • Lisa Pieper (‘72, ‘73, ‘74, ‘75, ‘76)
  • Virginia Smith (alum parent ’96)
  • LaDeena & Toby Spoon (‘75, ‘76, ‘77)
  • Krisa Van Muers (‘71, ‘72, ‘73, ‘74, ‘75)
  • Bryn (’96) and Sam Weber


  • Sara Nathan, President & CEO (‘97, ‘98, ‘00, ‘01, ‘03)
  • Ana Aguilera, Managing Director of Programs ( ‘07, ‘11, ‘12, ‘13)
  • Chimborazo, Ecuador Project Leadership Team



AMIGOS began working in Ecuador in the 1970s implementing vaccination programs and public health initiatives. AMIGOS continued working in Ecuador until 1999, when the program was closed due to security concerns.

AMIGOS returned to Ecuador in 2010 after a 10 year hiatus. From 2010-2015, AMIGOS collaborated with Plan International and FEPP, a national Ecuadorian NGO, in Cotopaxi, Ecuador. In 2016, the project moved to its current location in Chimborazo, Ecuador.

A more detailed Ecuador project history is forthcoming in your trip packets.

Please submit payment for your attendance on this trip below.

As you prepare for travel please review this list of required and recommended immunizations for Ecuador. You will receive a detailed itinerary, contact info page and project history packet before travel.

Please reach out with any questions to Taylor Martin [email protected]