Hello! For those of you who are curious as to what I will be doing in Ecuador, here is the backbone plan for my journey. October 2nd 2009 is arrival day in Quito, Ecuador's mountainous capital city with a population of 1 400 000. Orientation will begin at the volunteer house located in the quiet residential town of La Mariscal, which is a popular area among backpackers. Comparable to home, I will be sharing accomodations throughout the month of October with a family of volunteers and staff. This time will be spent learning the native language (Spanish) as well as participating in other preparatory activities before we begin our placements.
The month of November will bring about a change of weather as well as a change of lifestyle. My family of volunteers will all go their separate ways to begin the second phase of our time here in Ecuador. I fly to the Galapagos Islands, which are located 1000km off the west coast of Ecuador's mainland. These islands are a National Park which formed in the Pacific from a sub-oceanic lava vent in the ocean floor (same process which created the Hawaiian Islands). My homestay accomodation will be with a
local family, and my placement at Hospital Oscar Jand will begin soon after.
My time on the Galapagos Islands will end with a huge celebration - but not because of my departure! Christmas is celebrated for weeks and Ecuadorians everywhere head to the beach for an assortment of festivals . The third phase of my time in Ecuador is undetermined. The return date on my airline ticket is January 1st 2010 but I hear these things can be changed? :)
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