Sunday, June 5, 2011

First few days in Ecuador and my host Familia

I can honestly say I love Ecuador. It is amazing. Everything is pleasantly beautiful the smell, the sights, the people, and the food. Although I have not tried a lot of the local food yet, my host family has been kind enough to make some delicious and light dishes for me.

We traveled all day Thursday (starting at 1am) and arrived in Ecuador at 6pm local time.

Waiting in New York airport for our first flight 

So we arrived finally Thursday afternoon in la ciudada (the city) of Quito, Ecuador. We spent Thursday night to Saturday morning in the Training center in a town called Tumbaco 30 to 40 minutes outside Quito. We were greeted by our Cuerpo de Paz (peace corps) Ecuadorian team, whom might I add are very nice and friendly. We stayed in dorms and spent most of Friday learning what we are expected to do in the next stage of our journeys. We will be training 12 weeks in Tumbaco PC center and staying with our host families learning the traditional cultural customs and getting adjusted to speaking Spanish. The center is this huge place that has multiple dorm rooms and classrooms. We are the first group ever to stay overnight, so it was an adventure for both the staff and us.

We meet our host families yesterday. My host family is amazing. They brought me home and took me around town after I got myself settled in. We went into town and also went to Quito. IT was so beautiful. I have a host-mother (Patricia), host-father, two host-sisters (Juana y Carla) and one host-brother (Carlos). They act just like my aunts, uncles, and cousins from Bolivia so I get along with them just fine. My host-mother is very welcoming and very very motherly. My host-sister Carla is 12 years old and is such a cute little girl, she spent all afternoon yesterday helping me unpack and talking to me about her favorite music and sports teams. My host-bother Carlos talked to me about sports as well and wanted to know more about Arizona. He plays university soccer and is studying Economics at the university. My host-sister Juana wasn't around much yesterday, she is taking classes to pass the university entrance exam. She is only 17 years old and already aspiring to be a doctor. My host-parents both were asking many questions about life in the States and my families background. It has been fun getting to know them as well as practicing my Spanish.

This my host-family backyard. Also the view from my room :)

Oh yes I do have internet access, my host-family has wifi! So if you have Skype please for the love of god add me to yours just contact me through here (email me) or FB.

Mucho love!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Staging - last night in the U.S.

I will be in Ecuador in less then 10 hours. This still hasn't sinked in.

Today we had staging and it was an amazing experience. We have 62 PC trainees in my group! All heading to do some amazing work with health, TEFL (teaching English), and youth development.

I wish I could write more but I have to re-pack and figure out what to pack for my day pack. I will be spending three days in Tumbaco for our arrival activities/events and meeting our host families for the first time.

Good news people, I will have a cellphone for emergencies! but no text  : (   ....Also I will have limited access to internet so it might be a while before I get back to you! So please don't stop talking to me : )

If you are feeling like you want to send me some love please send mail to:

Andrea Goodrich
Cuerpo de Paz, Casilla 17-08-86-24
Quito, Ecuador

NO PACKAGES DURING MY PRE-SERVICE TRAINING (which is until August 18th 2011)

I will have a different address after my pre-training is done and I am placed in my site, so keep those awesome things you want to send me until later! But do send me some lovely letters and post cards I will need them to make this transition easier =)

I do miss my parental units and my brother. I hope I get to see you in Ecuador sometime soon!

Also I miss these people  so so so very much! I did not know how much I would miss you all until I left

Go us! hehe

Love you x 3.1467921923923982.......

And I will miss many others as well, even if I did not get to see you as much. =)

And I will miss my cupcake ;) ... I will always miss you.