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Pre-Trip Thoughts | Nourish International

April 29, 2011 | Posted in 2011, Ecuador, NC State, UC-Davis, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest | By

The first thing that comes to mind when volunteering in Ecuador is definitely the immersion into a foreign environment.  All the unique people and places we will meet and see sound enticing when you hear Ecuador.  I believe I can attest for the whole group in that we can’t wait to board our flight to Ecuador.  Food, culture, traditions, lifestyle; those are the words that jump right out at me when I think of Ecuador.  A South American country that is filled with lush scenery, bordered by towering mountains, and filled with bustling alleys and streets. If that doesn’t seem interesting to someone I don’t know what is.  After thinking about all the perks, the true goal of the project settles in.  Journeying to another country in order to help its inhabitants with agricultural production is as humane as it gets.  It makes me feel like I’ve contributed to helping a part of the world better itself and by creating one tiny change I know that I will be generating a shockwave or more acts of good will in the community.  In terms of packing and prepping for the trip, everything is smooth sailing.  Besides the tedious efforts of gathering the right clothes or small materials that might make life comfortable, I’m excited to bring the bare essentials and learn to adapt to this new environment. Of course, I’ll have my trusty Spanish-English dictionary handy. I guess that’s all I have to say for pre-trip information.  Can’t wait to make my first post once we’re in Ecuador.  But for now…I got to finish with these final exams.

-Binoy Kapadia

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