Today, I’m continuing my series of posts relating to my recent trip to Ecuador. For previous posts, click here.

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After we left Paul’s house, we returned to the Child Development Center (EC469) to observe a typical class and have some fun with all the children. This is the first time that we really got to play and interact with the children in a large recess-like setting. As soon as we got back to the Child Development Center, we were escorted into one of the after school classes to observe a typical lesson, and, depending on time, help with a corresponding craft. My small group observed an older class of 10-12 year-olds studying Jonah and the Whale. The best part? As soon as I was back on the campus, Valeria sought me out and was once again glued to my side. If you look closely, you can see the two of us in the very back-right of the photo below (in the classroom learning about Jonah).

EC469Afternoon01After the lesson it was time for recess, and we brought out all of the fun stuff: stickers, jump rope, pipe cleaners, nail polish (big hit), and bubbles (which quickly caused a stampede. IF you go on a Compassion trip, and you take bubbles, I suggest you take one large container of mix and lots of wands. I took tons of individual bottles – around 100 – and was overwhelmed with the demand.)

EC469Afternoon02There were huge lines for everything we brought – from pipe cleaner bracelets to stickers to nail polish, the kids loved everything. Seriously, stickers and pipe cleaners were like gold.

EC469Afternoon03And Valeria, she won my heart that afternoon. She was shy, by fiercely loyal; making sure I was in eye sight the entire time. I’m am so glad I get to continue to play a small part in her life.

EC469Afternoon04There were three of us that took nail polish for the girls, and we had a variety of colors; even glitter; which was a big hit.  You didn’t have to tell the girls to be careful either, they knew exactly what to do to dry the polish and keep it all pretty.

EC469Afternoon05After the recess, everyone was ushered back into the main building for a special performance from the children.

EC469Afternoon06There was singing, dancing, more singing and then we were pulled onto the floor to dance with the kids…. which was fun, but exhausting, especially when battling altitude sickness.

EC469Afternoon07It was clear that the kids had rehearsed faithfully in anticipation of our visit and their presentation was awesome!

EC469Afternoon08And of course, they were adorable! This little girl was precious with her plate of food; and did you notice, the little boy below has a real, roasted guinea pig strapped to his back?

EC469Afternoon09After all the dancing, singing, and overall fun, it was time to say goodbye, reluctantly we took a group photo, said our goodbyes, and boarded the bus back to the hotel.

EC469Afternoon10Back at the hotel, we had a few minutes to decompress before meeting as a group for supper. The hotel was lovely, more like a compound resort than a hotel, with several smaller outcroppings of rooms rather than a single all encompassing building. My room was nice, but a bit odd (more on that later); and the restaurant was delicious! In fact, every bit of the food was wonderful – and I’m a picky eater.

EC469Afternoon11I was truly surprised at how much I enjoyed eating on this trip – I mean, I even packed single servings of peanut butter and pretzels because I didn’t think I’d be able to eat much of the local fare. And you know what, I ended up donating most of the peanut butter at the end of the trip.

EC469Afternoon12From roasted corn kernels (which tasted like a great popcorn), to potato soup, to chicken any way you’d want it, the food was amazing. And the drinks – to die for. Seriously, Ecuador has the best fruit juice. It’s completely pure, not watered down, no substitutes, just true awesomeness: especially the guanabana mixed with blackberry juice. I still crave that stuff – and can not find it here.

EC469Afternoon13We were also treated to some great entertainment for supper, including this fantastic pan flute player who specialized in the theme from Titanic – not even joking.

It was a great ending to the first full day in Ecuador.

 

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4 Comments

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  2. I was in Ecuador for a week, several years ago. They put u in a hotel and we were served the most amazing food ever. We had a fresh fruit smoothies every morning. I have never been the same :) Did you put popcorn in your soups? We should start a fresh fruit smoothies company :)

  3. * they put us up in a hotel

  4. I loved seeing all the photos of the kids!! They are precious. And I know what you mean about kids flocking for the fun stuff!! Although I haven’t been on a Compassion trip, I’ve worked with kids in batays in the DR and at orphanages in Argentina and Bolivia and it was always such fun sharing the stuff we brought for them. Girls everywhere seem to love nail polish!!!! I can’t wait to hear about your next day!!
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