After the Party is Over…

As most of you know from my in-country posts, in May Craven Community College embarked on a two week cultural and ecological exploration of Ecuador through the college’s study abroad program. The college had again this year partnered with Academia Latinoamericana de Español, to experience the culture, language, history, economy, and ecology of Ecuador, namesake of the Equator, which runs through the South American country just north of its capital, Quito.

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Study Abroad Ecuador 2013 was a huge success!  Participants visited the Equator, the Casa de Cultura archeological museum, Cotopaxi National Park, and the Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve.  We also visited neighboring towns learning about the rose export business, handicrafts made by local communities such as masapan bread dough figurines and leather goods.  We toured historic haciendas, churches, the presidential palace in Quito, and shopped in the Otovalo indigenous market. 

Participants spent a week in Spanish immersion classes.  The classes were held in the mornings from 8:30 am to 1 pm with a mid-morning break.  The last day of class, our teachers took us to the fruit & vegetable market to tour and learn about indigenous foodways.  We also worked with an afterschool program that focused on children from a low income neighborhood.  The barrio had a high poverty, crime, and drug rate.  The program helped keep the children off the streets and focused on helping with homework and teaching values to the students.  We played their games, taught them American ones, worked on craft projects, and took they to the park in the city center to paddle boat.  It was a wonderful service experience. 

As part of their coursework associated with the Ecuador trip, each student participating in the trip chose a research topic and gathered information while abroad for a final project.  They will give presentations at the end of the summer term. 

In the coming weeks I will share some of our experiences and photos from the trip.  I hope you all come along for the ride!

 

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Chair of Social Science, Humanities,
& Foreign Languages

Liberal Arts & University Transfer
Craven Community College

800 College Court
New Bern, NC 28562
Email: bellaceroc@cravencc.edu
Phone: 252.638.7328
Fax: 252.638.3231

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