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Volunteer Abroad in Ecuador - United Planet - 6 or 12 Months

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Experience

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  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    N/A

I was able to witness art as a universal language.

In our school placement, we worked with several different ages of children. In our first grade classroom, I immediately connected to a young boy named Sebastian. He was a vivacious boy who needed help with staying on task and completing the art projects we assigned. While I was leaning over him in his small desk, trying to provide support and help them with spelling his name, he motioned for me to sit in his chair. I said "no gracias," he brought an empty chair over from the other side of the room. At snack time he offered me part of his meal, and I learned this was an Ecuadorian way of the "we culture." I will never forget Sebastian, and I'm so grateful for the opportunity to meet him and his classmates. He was a beautiful and generous boy that touched my heart!