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These guys won the first half of their tournament, qualifying automatically for Copa Pichincha. Proud of their hard work!! We celebrated with homemade gumbo made by the Kiefers and Minute to Win It games at our house!   Add new comment...

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This was my second year attending ACSD (Association for Christians in Student Development) with Bryan. Lucky for me it was hosted at Wheaton College! Our first morning I introduced Bryan to Stan's Donuts and we headed into the city to walk around Millenium Park. We had great, deep catching up conversations over donuts and in the car and I was reminded of how wel we communicate and understand each other. We often give all the space and time to students and other staff and can go along time betwee...

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Oh my goodness, I can't believe that I've just wrapped my third year with Living & Learning. I'm so incredibly thankful to love, love, love my job and to be sad about the year ending and excited for the next beginning! Spending my days mentoring and discipling is an absolute gift! We finished off the year with our annual beach trip full of spike ball, lunches at Bernabes, jelly fish stings in the water (tradition at this point), epic kayak fails (this time with Bry, Oliver and I trying to ri...

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CUSCO is amazing! I went into this trip expecting to be glad I'd seen it but in full preference of our Galapagos trip as my favorite. However I fell in love with this quaint, beautiful city and just the whole trip experience. We marveled at how safe it felt to walk the streets at night and how uncrowded and open the main plaza felt. The old stone walls were beautiful, as were the balconies lining the plaza and the big, old doors. The air was crisp and I'd definitely bring more layers and warmer ...

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Nate wanted to start out his season with an activity that would promote teamwork, bonding and physical fitness. The perfect solution? A hike up Pichincha, led by Kerry, one of his players and also an accomplished climber. The guys were blown away by Kerry's fitness and he had fun with them, even hiding a rock in one of the player's bags so he carried extra weight. Though most have lived in Quito almost their whole lives, most had never hiked Pichincha so it was fun to see them summit!   Add...

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Our student trip to Baños came a bit early when we had to quickly switch dates in order for the place we stay to begin construction. The students were flexible about changing weekends and the adventure began! We did the swing at the end of the world, where they now have "pushers," one of which would not let me opt out of swinging. Swinging is fine but I usually skip it for the sake of time and because I've done it many times. Afterward we headed into the city where some of us camped out at Hone...

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My fifth semester of students with L&LI are back on an airplane and headed home! They were a great group and I loved getting to know them. This was my first semester in the new Ed Center and I can't tell you what a gift it was to have so much more proximity and spur of the moment interactions with students. I loved the drop-ins between class times, the asks to read or sleep on my couch. This semester was marked by a lot of engagement in conversations on race. We had some incredibly inte...

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I took my third trip to Galapagos in November and can I just say I fell in love! While I've always appreciated the Galapagos, somehow this trip felt more magical than the first two. We saw so much wildlife up close! I went with Oliver, my co-lead, and 17 of the most fun students! From the start they were super encouraging, calling us the Dream Team and telling us they had the best trip leads. And we loved them! They were flexible and excited and uncomplaining. We had great dinner conversations a...

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It's hard to be in a foreign country when they don't celebrate Thanksgiving! For many of my students their semester here is their first time experiencing a holiday away from home. We try to make it feel homey and celebratory for them so on Wednesday night, our usual chapel dinner night, we go ALL OUT! We double our budget (because turkeys are expensive here - sheesh!) and then each staff member signs up to bring a mountain of their favorite Thanksgiving dish. There are debates about the right sw...

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This Fall I took Eden to the jungle with me for our student servive trip. I did this with Canaan two years ago and wanted Eden to experience it as well. She did it all with us, from watching Jumanji on the bus to get in the jungle mood, to going on a tour of caves through water where our group had to wait an extra 30 minutes when the water rose because they were worried about getting Eden across. She watched students eat grilled grubs in the plaza, rode in the back of pickup trucks to work sites...

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