Students Return From Service Trip to Ecuador
Quito, Ecuador was the first stop on Albert College’s 12-day service trip over the March Break. After a day spent touring the old city and the equator, the group made its way to the Amazon. After a seven-hour bus ride, the group traveled by motorized canoe to the Minga Lodge – their home for the next 10 days. The group spent five days in the community of Cruzchicta assisting to build an elementary classroom. Cruzchicta is relocating to higher ground after extreme flooding last January and this classroom is the first building in the new location. On their trip, the Albert College group learned about the art of growing and making cacao, harvesting palm beetle larvae, farming plantain, fetching water from the Napo River and cooking traditional food on an open fire. They also learned about the healing powers of plants during their visit with a medicine man. Students spent 20 hours developing leadership, communication and team-building skills while learning about social issues on a local and global level. The trip culminated with a long trip back to Quito, delayed five hours by numerous mud slides. The Albert College group will miss all the friends made in Cruzchicta. ¡Hasta luego!
Written by Mrs. Guse