Orientation and Ecuador 101
Our program starts in Ecuador’s cosmopolitan capital of Quito. Following pickups from Mariscal Sucre International Airport, we’ll get settled in the city’s “centro historico” and get acclimatized to the sights, sounds, and smells of the region. We’ll learn the lingo with the Yanapuma Spanish School, an incredible social enterprise that also works to promote education and community-based development in Ecuador. After class, we’ll scavenge the local markets, taste sweet canelazo, chow down on delicious patacones, and maybe take a salsa lesson or two.
We’ll also begin to explore the food revolution at its roots with Yachai Wasi, an indigenous school in Quito that uses urban agriculture to promote traditional knowledge and practices. Get ready to unpack Ecuador’s colonial history and see where culture, ecology, and cuisine all come together!