260º West | Teaching English & Getting Educated in Ecuador

Why Ecuador?

In the beginning

It’s crazy to think that I only visited Guayaquil for the first time a couple of years ago – and now I live here!

Fresh from finishing my teaching qualification in August 2014, I spent September to December volunteering with The Starfish Foundation, an educational charity that provides scholarships to local school pupils living in extreme poverty. I made lifelong friends, got pretty good at Spanish, and promptly lost my heart to the unparalleled beauty of Ecuador’s Pacific Coast. (If you’re wondering why, here are just 7 things I love about Guayaquil!)

Testing the waters

When December rolled around and my volunteer time was up, I took a four-month trip around the rest of South America, covering Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru and even making it to Colombia for a week. It was an incredible trip, but I still missed the amazing community I’d got to know in Guayaquil.

And so I went back to my friends at the Starfish Foundation and spent May to July teaching, learning and enjoying the balmy Ecuadorian summer. But I couldn’t shake the feeling that I wasn’t done with Guayaquil – or rather, Guayaquil wasn’t done with me …

Sign me up

In July I finally bit the bullet and signed a two-year teaching contract with a local language school. Now I live and work in Guayaquil, la Perla del Pacífico! I’m incredibly excited to dig deep into Ecuadorian culture, meet new people and, of course, carry on learning Spanish – but more importantly, I’ve been inspired to keep on pursuing my passion for education and international development.

My name is Sanchia, and this is my Ecuadorian adventure!

If you like this, you may also like my travel blog True East.

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