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Posted by Marta Miskolczy on May 2, 2017 10:35:44 AM

GIS 2017 Ecuador Trip- Stories through pictures- the adventures continue!

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Topics: Colorado high school, Student travelers, boarding school with international travel program, Service learning, life beyond college, college prep, Ecuador, student voices, village life, homestay programs, Pululahua crater, community service

Steamboat Mountain School Ecuador 2017 pictures

Posted by Marta Miskolczy on Apr 28, 2017 11:51:09 AM
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Topics: Colorado high school, Student travelers, boarding school with international travel program, Service learning, life beyond college, college prep, Ecuador, student voices, village life, homestay programs, Pululahua crater

Steamboat Mountain School Ecuador 2017

Posted by Marta Miskolczy on Apr 24, 2017 8:02:06 PM
Ashley Simon '19
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Steamboat Mountain School Ecuador 2017

Posted by Marta Miskolczy on Apr 21, 2017 1:42:04 PM
Hello people of the world! It is me, Maya.  Anyways, about today . . .  I learned a lot about how to go with the flow and see where that takes you. 

They have a saying here in Ecuador: "Ya mismo." This is what they say when you ask what time to expect someone or something similar. This means they could be here  in 5 minutes or maybe 5 hours. I hate this! I like my schedule, my plans, my timelines. Yet, I don't know how, but I ended up in Ecuador. 
 
Today, we woke up thinking that we would leave the hotel in Quito at  8:30, drive to a laguna, hike around the laguna, go to a market, and drive to the next hotel. Things change. Estelle's feet were really hurting so we took necessary precautions, and we changed our plans. When I asked the leaders what the plan was, they would just shrug and say something like, "to be determined." What the heck? Not to mention, I'm leader of the day, but how am I supposed to lead with no plan?  Today we woke up thinking that we would leave the hotel in Quito at  8:30, drive to a Laguna, hike around the Laguna, go to a market, and drive to the next hotel. Things change. " Ya mismo." Go with the flow. Rather than the laguna, we decided we'd explore Quito, and it worked out perfectly. 
 
Time is something I never realized I was so dependent on. My whole life is a schedule of places I'm supposed to be. Being the American that I am, I'm not used to not having a plan. It's hard. Ashley loves it here, though. She's one of those people that makes a ton of plans and then realizes she can't do them all. She's a super last-minute planner. She is almost never on time for our Q-doba dates. Don't get me wrong; I love her to death. But I hate having to make plans with her. It gives me such anxiety. I like my schedule, thank you very much. However, being in Ecuador has changed my perspective on time. It's not necessary. It lessens my options. And being without a time schedule is just more fun sometimes. 
 
When you just decide to get out of the house and see where things take you, you realize that life is much better lived this way. Everyday is an adventure. My brain isn't constantly thinking of what I have to do next, but rather what I can do now. And let me tell you, that's the way to live. So, next time Ash asks me to hang out, I'm going yo say "Yamismo." Karma. 
 
-maya
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Steamboat Mountain School Ecuador 2017

Posted by Marta Miskolczy on Apr 19, 2017 6:09:36 PM
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Steamboat Mountain School Ecuador 2017

Posted by Marta Miskolczy on Apr 17, 2017 4:23:57 PM
Eric Phalen '17
Hello.  The travel here was quite hectic but we managed and became a team. T his was very valuable to me because I could trust all of the group and have fun. Pero mi Espanol esta mejorando porque yo hablo con muchas personas en Ecuador. During my stay at Mama Hilda hostel, which is a great place, I brought dishes to the kitchen to help out Juan, Mama Hilda y Dardio. Mama Hilda invited me to cook in the morning, so I did. After that, I did yoga and headed back to the kitchen where Mama Hilda and Juan pointed to a bowl with aloe vera plant spikes in it.  I had been wanting to use pure aloe vera gel, which is called sabila en Espanol!  During my stay, I have learned how to cook and the locals have shown me how to use and where daily items are from. I make my own lemongrass tea by just taking it off the tree and boiling it in water. I have also learned how to cook. The food is very good at the homestay; it's all organic and handmade. Today, April 14th, we walked 22 km and got to see the beauty of Ecuador but also understand how hard the people work here. I said today that Ecuadorians work 15 times harder but have 15 times less than Americans. I have also learned how to manage my self and how to work as a group. Things can get difficult, but your attitude is important. Anyways, the trip has been great, and we have much more to come. 
       Gracias,  Eric
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Steamboat Mountain School Ecuador 2017

Posted by Marta Miskolczy on Apr 17, 2017 1:57:11 PM
Steamboat Mountain School is thrilled to announce the Global Immersion Studies Program students will spend one month (April, 2017) exploring: Trip 1 Sikkim region of Northern India with faculty leaders Gina Wither and Robbie Tesar. OR Trip 2 High Andes of Ecuador with faculty leaders are Charlie Smith and Kaiti Kinshella.  OR Trip 3 Australia to  work with 2 Aboriginal communities with faculty leaders Margi Missling Root and John Morse.

These amazing travel experiences will help our high school students deepen their understanding of culture and responsible travel.

Here's the first update from Ecuador on April 13!

Tanner Richard '17

The first moments of the trip went by in a blur. Before I knew it, our group met at the school and departed to Denver. We met and ran through logistics before going out for one last American meal. It was hard to believe that it was already the time to leave. We have done everything that we could to prepare for the experience, but it still was a scary thing to leave the country with only our group, baggage, and two leaders . . . We soon arrived in Quito and took a quick bus ride to a hotel for the night. During our ride in the dark, we gazed out at the night scape of Quito and wondered what adventures lay beyond. The next day, we took a spectacular drive to the village of Chugchilan. As we climbed the magnificent Andes mountains, we marveled at the high peaks and low valleys. The sky seemed to meet the Earth in a way that I had never seen before. We soon settled into our rooms in the Mama Hilda hostel and rejeuvinated. Our experience in Ecuador so far has been one that I will never forget, and we have just started the trip! We can only dream of what the next few weeks have in store for us.
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Topics: Colorado high school, Student travelers, boarding school with international travel program, Service learning, life beyond college, college prep, Ecuador