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Monday, February 11, 2008

Liz: Spanish CBL and Volunteering while Studying Abroad in Ecuador


Last semester, I studied abroad in Ecuador. While I was there, I worked as a volunteer at two different schools. My experiences in my CBL class have really reminded me of my time in Ecuador. One of my volunteer projects was working with a second grade class at the Carlos Agular grade school in Cumbayá. I was a teacher’s aid and tutor for the class. I worked with students on an individual level like I do at Central High School and it was interesting because I got to learn about the teaching techniques they use in other countries. It was a humbling experience for me because the kids in the class knew more Spanish than I did, even though I was the teacher. But I would not have changed this experience in anyway. It really taught me so much about the culture of the people, and I think that I learned more about Ecuador because of my work in the community. Plus, it’s easy to relate to the kids at Central because I know what it’s like to be a foreigner. I think that they should make volunteering a bigger part of the study abroad programs because it is such a rewarding experience and it opens student’s minds to new perspectives.

3 comments:

  1. ¡Qué buenas experiencias Liz!
    Se te ve muy feliz con los niños. ánimo con todo

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  2. ¡Qué buenas experiencias Liz!
    Se te ve muy feliz con los niños. ánimo con todo

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