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Study Abroad + Volunteer Service: Guayaquil, Ecuador

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Has been amazing

My experience in Guayaquil thus far has been amazing. I am volunteering at a Foundation called Fundacion de Padre Damian. This organization houses men and women who have Hansen's Disease. The foundation also works to get rid of the stigma surrounding Hansen's Disease. Every morning when I walk in to volunteer, I am always inspired by the smiles on everyone's faces. Many of the men and women have lost their fingers, cartilage in their faces, feet, and sometimes even legs. Many people would choose to be bitter in these situations but I have never seen anyone seem unhappy. I always describe my days there as full of laughter. I am usually a part of intense domino tournaments or arts and crafts with the women where I practice my Spanish and learn about the lives of these joyful people. Just as my presence there is much appreciated, I will be forever changed after meeting these people.