If you’re reading this, then there’s a good chance that you are a friend or a family member.  It’s also possible you might be neither (a stranger? oh my!).  Whatever the case, welcome to my blog!

But if you are a friend or part of my family, then you might know about my travel plans– that I’m going to Ecuador this June, and that I’m going to France this September.  I’ll be away from home for most of the summer, and once I get to France, I’ll be gone until May of 2016.

There are a lot of people in my life who I care about.  (Yes, I mean you!!)  I want to stay in touch with every single one of you, and I want to keep you up-to-date.  So for the foreseeable future, I’d like to document my time abroad and give you an inside look of my day-to-day experiences as I explore new countries and cultures.

In case you’re not quite sure what I’m doing in Ecuador, here’s the sitch:  I’m participating in something my college calls the Ecuador Immersion Program.  At the end of this program, I will have earned a certification in TESL, or Teaching English as a Second Language.  Not only will I have an actual certification, but I’ll also get a month of teaching experience by working with Spanish-speaking students at a university in Cuenca.

It’s an intense time for me.  In the space of six months, I (and the other students) are doing a ridiculous amount of work (although I really, really enjoy it!).  At the end of this summer, I will have taken 5 Applied Linguistics/World Languages Education courses, and I will have completed a 4-week teaching practicum.  Wow, right?  Think of how many essays and readings and discussions and lesson-planning-sessions that is… a lot!

While in Ecuador, I’ll be staying with a host family, which means I’ll be immersing myself in Spanish.  I haven’t formally studied Spanish since middle school, so that might post a small problem.  I will, of course, be able to speak English with the other students who are in the program with me (there might be about 10 of us in Cuenca), but it’ll be a completely new experience.

So that’s a nice overview of what I’ll be doing in the coming weeks.  Soon, if I manage to keep up with things, I’ll write a bit more about what classes I’m taking and how I’m preparing for the trip.

Do reach out to me (via e-mail, text, facebook, whatever!) if you want to talk.

Until next time!


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