Ecuadorian Homestay

            The homestay is a very unique and special experience.  It allows for a glimpse into the everyday life of a family in the host country.  The three of us (Aly, Lorin, Rachel) were very lucky to be placed with Mariana, Kiko and Mario, an incredibly welcoming and generous family.  The family is unique in that they are from Ecuadorbut all spent significant time in the United States and thus speak English fluently.  This has been incredibly helpful because, while we have been able to practice our Spanish, in times of doubt we are able to communicate effectively with them.

            On our first full day in Ecuador, our host father, Kiko, brought us to two significant areas of Guayaquil- Malecon 2000 and Las Peñas.  He narrated our trip, in both Spanish and English, providing us with interesting information about what we were seeing.  We particularly enjoyed Las Peñas, an historical district marked by a 444 stair climb to the top which provided the visitor with a glimpse into the past as well as the modern lifestyle.  The stair area is surrounded by a colorful neighborhood populated by restaurants, homes, and small businesses.  At the top of the climb was a small church, a lighthouse, and canons which had been used to defend the port of Guayaquil from pirates.  The view of the city and the river Guayas was breathtaking (and terrifying for those of us scared of heights).

            Living with this family has also allowed us to spend time with them doing things they would typically do.  For example, we were able to go out to dinner with them for the 2 for 1 sushi night at a local restaurant.  It was delicious!  In addition, we attended a play celebrating Guayaquil’s founding and history.  We also were able to tour our host mother’s place of work, an early intervention center for young children offering educational testing and various kinds of therapy including physical therapy, psicopedagogia, yoga and laugh therapy.

            Our first week has been great.  Our guilty pleasure with our family has been trips to get fruit yogurt and pan de yuca.  Hopefully there will be many more visits before the trip is up.  We are truly looking forward to the next four weeks with them.

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7 Responses to Ecuadorian Homestay

  1. Homestays are a key to learning both the language and the culture. I studied at an immersion school in Costa Rica years ago. On the first day, we were given a placement test which put two of us in class together. He was had a homestay with a family, but I had decided to live in an apartment. On the first day, we were at the exact same level (I was amazed at how accurate the placement test was), but by the end of the week, he was so far ahead of me that it wasn’t funny. Living and practicing on a daily basis made a huge difference.

  2. it sounds like a really nice vacation!lifestyle and culture is different wherever you stay. good luck to your next vacation!

  3. Hello
    This trip is the best way to learn about the culture and customs of another country.
    Thanks to this, you can see that people of other nationalities are very similar to us and are really valuable

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  5. Michael says:

    Thanks for sharing. I think this demonstrates that this must be one of the best ways to connect with the people and culture of the country. Kudos to your efforts and thank you for sharing. This is the kind of stuff that makes life worth living.

    Best,

    Michael

  6. Katy Unique says:

    This is undoubtedly the best way to quickly learn new cultures and lifestyles.

  7. nice blog.. keep up the great work !!

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