Why I Decided to Volunteer in Ecuador

starting the volunteer project

In a few weeks, I will be traveling to Ecuador with International Student Volunteers (ISV) in order to do volunteer work in a small coastal village called Machalilla. Many people have asked me why I’m doing this, so I decided to share my feelings on it!  but

I decided to do a volunteer abroad program because I wanted to experience something different this summer. Many of my friends are returning to their home towns to work a summer job or staying in Madison to complete an extra class. I’m lucky that I saved enough money from my job last summer that I don’t necessarily need to work a summer job or internships.  I really wanted to do something unique — something that would make a difference but also something that I could put on my resume.

I stumbled across ISV during our student org fair this fall, and I joined the local chapter club. As a member of the team, I got really interested in the different opportunities that ISV offered, and something about the Ecuador program really appealed to me (on top of the dates lining up well with my summer plans). So I applied for the program and felt so excited to  be accepted!

I’m excited to learn something totally different, and explore &experience life in a developing country! My upcoming trip to Ecuador is fast approaching, and I’m still totally unprepared! Luckily I’ve got a few more days to get all my last minute packing/shopping in and spend a few days practicing my Spanish before I’m thrown into living with an Ecuadorian host family.

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Author: Megan Arz

I am a travel and food obsessed Midwesterner living in Chicago and dreaming of the world. I work as a full-time program manager for Greenheart Travel, but I am also committed to integrating the travel lifestyle into my every day routines. I am passionate about ethical travel, meeting new people, creating unique memories and eating local cuisine!

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