Cuenca is more mild than the rural highlands. When the sun is out, expect pleasant days (short sleeves!) but you’ll need a jacket when the sun goes down.
Achachai = how cold!
Potatoes, cuy (guinea pig), choclo con queso (corn with fresh cheese)
Mountainous. Prepare for high altitude.
You’ll spend part of your time in Cuenca and part of it in rural Ecuador. With your group of fellow AMIGOS, you’ll volunteer with organizations that focus on food security, sustainable agriculture, and other international development causes pertaining to organic farming. You will also be attending Spanish classes to boost your language skills.
This project involves a high degree of independence, which will lead to boosted confidence and improved leadership skills. Experiencing daily life in a foreign city will build up your travel know-how. You’ll collaborate with other students in your program to plan and develop a service project related to agriculture and food security. This will be implemented and evaluated by your team as well.
*This is an example itinerary only. Activities and dates may be subject to change.
Day 1 – Arrive in Ecuador! Project staff meet you at the airport and the group travels together to get started with briefing.
Week 1 – Briefing. Project staff lead a country-specific orientation to AMIGOS and the Cuenca Project. Meet your host family. Start getting to know your neighborhood in Cuenca.
Week 2–4 – Take Spanish classes and volunteer as a group with organizations that focus on food security and sustainable agriculture.
Week 4/5 – Meet your host family in rural Ecuador. Explore the area and take in the differences between the city of Cuenca and the rural highlands.
Week 5–7 – Get first-hand experience with local food production while you get accustomed to daily life in rural Ecuador.
Week 8 – Debriefing: come back together with everyone on your project to reflect on the experience before you head home.
Last day – Fly home!