It’s the Final Countdown!

Look here first to see how excited we are!


It is hard to believe that it’s been five months since we found out that our (three years!) of Fund for Teachers grant writing paid off; persistence counts!

Four days until we head to the airport in New York City and begin our adventure in Ecuador!!!

On Sunday, we check into our volunteer housing on the outskirts of Quito.  Through UBelong, the four of us (our colleague from South Middle School, Ms. Bisti, and one of Ms. Mac’s friends from when she traveled to Finland a few years ago are joining us) will be doing “light construction” during the days and exploring the city at night.  We are looking forward to checking out the colonial architecture in the old part of the city, visiting the San Francisco catacombs, and eating lots of delicious Ecuadorian food (hopefully it’s easy to find vegetarian food).  

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Quito, Ecuador

On Friday, August 13, we will be heading to the Galapagos Islands.  

Ms. Mac’s main goal on Galapagos will be photographing blue-footed boobies for her nieces and to try snorkeling (for the first time!)

Mrs. Hesse’s main goal is to avoid stepping on a giant iguana, and to try snorkeling again (She’s a huge chicken because these are in the water).  

We totally wish we had brushed up on our Spanish a bit more in the past few months, but look forward to the challenge of “getting by” on our super-basic Spanish skills.

Wish us luck and let us know you were here by commenting below!  Miss you guys already!

Ms. Hesse and Ms. Mac


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5 Responses to It’s the Final Countdown!

  1. Aboya says:

    So excited for you guys! Safe travels.

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  2. Abaya-Can’t wait to start planning next summer when we get back:) Thank you.

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  3. Naisha says:

    I hope you guys are enjoying it. I’ve always wanted to see a blue footed boobie they are so pretty. Good Job Ms.Hesse for conquering your fear snorkeling must’ve been amazing.

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