S: Guayaquil, Ecuador 2010
BC: Thank You for all of your support! I know that none of this would have been possible without your help. I want you to know that you have impacted my life and those who have encountered me on my journey forever. Thank you again....thank God I have the best family anyone could ever hope for. I love you! -Sarah Deleon
FC: Guayaquil, Ecuador Alternative Spring Break March 12-20, 2010 | Because Traveling Awakens the Heart
1: Left: A Pirate Boat Tour Middle: Catholic Church Bottom: Government Building | Views of the City on Day One
2: So Much to See in the Big City | During the first couple days of my trip I got to explore the city. My hotel was located near a central plaza of Guayaquil so I got to see a variety of different things. Just a couple blocks away was the famous "Malecon" which was a board walk along the Guayas river that had several shopping centers, restaurants and finally, an artisan market. Along the walk I would pass by this beautiful government building (left). The statue is of Jesus that stands about 6 stories high on a hill that overlooks the city.
3: One of the biggest lessons I learned about developing countries was just how different the standards of living are in other nations. In Guayaquil, I was amazed to see how wealth was distributed in the city. For example, on one side of the street there would be beautiful elaborate buildings yet just across the street would be shacks. | There is no existence of the "middle class". People in Ecuador are either rich or poor. While driving through the coastal plains to the beach I noticed the separation in a more devastating way. | For example, these pictures prove how the rural towns are extemely poor. There were shacks that were hardly fit for livestock build as houses yet new cars would be driving in the streets by tourists. This just reminded me of how lucky I am and of all the things I take for granted
5: Volunteer Work at Ines Chambers It is a local orphanage home to 30 boys and girls. We spent most of our days sanding the school room desks and repainting them. Left: The School Yard
6: Ines Chambers Crew
7: It only took a matter of time before we were bonding with the kids...This was Cindy. She was 10 years old. We celebrated her birthday while I was there. I bought her new shoes and a princess coloring book. I'll never forget her openness and patience.
9: "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams" -Elenor Rosevelt
11: Left: My first Buddhist temple... Bottom: View of the Western Malecon
12: Real Tuna Factory | The Economic Realities of Ecuador
13: Real Tuna factory is one of the largest tuna producers in the world. . We learned about the processes involved in producing the tuna. However, it wasnt't the production that had me at awe, it was the realities of the working conditions. Above is one part of the factory that has over 700 employees slicing tuna in one room for ten hour work days 6 days a week yet only getting paid $230 a month!
14: Blessing in Disguise...
16: After missing my flight in Guayaquil, I figured I should make the best of the situation..... Banos!!! It was 12 hour bus ride and $12. trip! I have never seen such a beautiful town.!
17: Bungee Jumping! Cable Cars! Live Traditional Ecuadorian Bands! Cheap Food! Cheap Travel! Best Experience Yet!
18: The Proano Moreira Family When I missed my flight this family took me in and treated me as thier own. I lwened so much about the culture thorough them and I will remember them forever.
19: I refused to sit below deck on our double decker city tour...We were dancing in the RAIN! Below are some Qutichwa artisans that I saw everyday at the market. | IThats me handwashing clothes for the first time in my life! Marilyn, one of the adopted kids of the Proano family from Ines Chambers got a kick out of watching me!
21: Overall, going to Ecuador was by far the best experience of my life yet. I met So many people, broadened my view of the world, acknowledged a new appreciation for what I have and lastly, found my passion in life.