Mountainous. Daytime temperatures range from 45°F to 65°F and often drop below freezing at night.
Achachai = how cold!
Potatoes, cuy (guinea pig)
High altitude in the Andes mountains
Potatoes, Andean tubers, quinoa, Andean corn, barley, and onions.
Morning: Wake up early to milk the cows, prepare breakfast, and help with other chores. Get together with AMIGOS partners to plan day camps for kids or work on your community service project. Go to lunch.
Afternoon: Lead activities for kids and then work in the fields to plant and harvest crops alongside your host family. Go on a hike and take in the spectacular views of the Andean highlands or start a game of soccer in the community center.
Evening: Eat dinner, chat with your host family, practice some Kichwa (an Andean indigenous language), and play games with your host siblings. Go to bed and get ready for another day!
*This is an example itinerary based on last year’s project. Dates, activities, and topics may be subject to change.
June 25 – Arrive in Ecuador! Project staff meet you at the airport and the group travels to the briefing site, in Guamote.
June 26 – 29 – Briefing. Project staff lead a country-specific orientation to AMIGOS and the Chimborazo Project.
June 30 – Head to community and meet your host family. Week 1 of day camps for kids, fun sessions for local youth that focus on specific topics. An example topic is “Getting to know my community.”
July 7 – Week 2 of day camps. Example activity: Place a chicken bone in soda for a week. Look at the bone at the end of the week and reflect on how sugar affects the teeth. Afterwards, kids brush their teeth as a group.
July 13 – 14 – Youth Encuentro – Capacity-building workshops held for local students.
July 15 – Week 3 of day camps. Example activity: Each kid writes their name vertically on a piece of paper. Other kids write an adjective that starts with each letter of their name to describe them.
July 21 – Week 4 of day camps. Example activity: Kids take volunteers on tour of their community, kids draw their homes and write 3 things that they like about their community then share with group .
Weekend of July 20 – 21 – Midterm. Supervisors organize a time to relax with all the Chimborazo volunteers and the project staff.
July 27 – 28 – Youth Encuentro
July 28 – Week 5 of day camps: Critical Thinking. Project-wide despedida (goodbye party) will be held this weekend.
August 3–6 – Come together with the rest of the group for debriefing: a workshop to process your experiences with everyone else on your project and prepare to return home. Debriefing is also a chance to see the Chimborazo Volcano for a truly amazing hike!
August 6 – Fly home!