Coastal. Daytime temperatures are hot!
Corviches – Deep fried plantain stuffed with a peanut sauce and fish.
Encebollado –Traditional Ecuadorian soup made from onions and tuna.
This region is home to thousands of small-scale fishermen, giving it a vibrant yet laid back attitude. Santa Elena is renowned for its magnificent coast line and rich waters. Surfers from around the world have been flocking to enjoy its northern beaches for decades!
Enjoy a hearty bolon and shrimp with your host siblings before they head off to school. Help prepare the fishing bait for your host family’s day on the water.
Play soccer with your neighbors, help your host grandma with her daily chores, and sit down for a lunch with your whole host family.
Catch a local game of Ecuavolley (an Ecuadorian version of volleyball), share a light dinner with your host family.
*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 Santa Elena Project. Meet your host family. Start getting to know your host community.
Week 2 – Start getting into the groove of daily life on the Ecuadorian coast. Work with local residents and your AMIGOS partner to identify a community service project. Begin leading daily activities for local kids.
Week 3 – Plan your community service project and put together your budget and proposal. Continue leading daily activities for local kids.
Week 4 – Implement your project. Whether you’re beautifying a community center or working to improve access to clean water, you’ll learn about the community development process in a hands-on way.
Week 5 – Put the finishing touches on your service project or hand it off to local residents to continue after you leave. Keep working to empower local youth through the daily activities you lead.
Week 6 – Attend a despedida (goodbye party) in your community and say goodbye to your host family. Join all the other Amigos on your project for a few final days in Ecuador, where you’ll reflect on your summer and spend some time relaxing and seeing cool sites in the area before you head home.
Last day – Fly home!