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Each semester after all of the tests are done, final papers submitted and trips are completed we have a final banquet to end the semester together. It's a time to celebrate everything the students have accomplished academically as well as the ways they've grown emotionally and spiritually. Each staff members requests students they connected with over the semester and publically we speak over their lives the worth that we see in them and the hopes we have for their future. It's fun and festive at...

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There was the longest, most interminable bus ride in the history of the universe to start off the trip. Someone suggested we try a night ride to have more time at the beach so we started the trip at midnight, hauling two asleep kids out of bed into full excitement. There was a miscount and we rode a bus that seats 45 with 47 people. Nate spent half the night sleeping on the floor. Eden didn't sleep but she respectfully held herself back from speaking to Bryan who was dead asleep beside her. Ther...

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Oh did I forget to tell you that I get to go the Galapagos Islands once a year as part of my job? Add new comment...

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Could we call this the view from my "office" for a day?     Not quite but I spent the weekend in Banos with students so it's where I was working from! We woke up at 4am, drove to the Swing at the End of the World and made sure to get a picture of each and every student. The bus was completely silent for those first 3 hours as everyone tried to catch a few more zzzs. We then headed into Banos where we got chocolate empanadas. Those of us rafting then headed back to the bus while others ...

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Lemme see. There was the time we snuck into Bryan and Justin's houses and snagged several of their classic outfits. We then wore them to chapel dinner one night, to the delight of students. EBB and I dressed as Justin and Lauren, Lauren and Steph dressed as Bryan. I have to say, EBB made a convincing Justin from behind and had a few people approach her thinking they were talking to him. I also learned I look like a giant potato when wearing large t-shirts and jeans. It was fun to do together ......

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Nate's last game of the season. Cumbre Alta in the final and up for promotion. The excitement was visible. We piled all four Passmores, the kids and I, EBB, Dani and Garrett into their car and sat ... in traffic. But we made it to the game on time, not without getting hit by another little car that stalled out in the parking lot. Browns, Gustavo, Fabian & Mabe and Brian Wallace were there too ... as well as a whole pile of other fans for both teams.   We cheered, we scored, we cheered s...

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We hosted the Living & Learning Halloween party at our house this year, which was a lot of fun. Instead of a traditional day of work I saw a few clients and then spent the day driving RCs around, finding things at my house for them, etc. while they set up. There were watermelon carving contests that spilled watermelon juice all over our hardwood floors, too many sugar cookies and white chocolate oreo popcorn to be eaten, team cheers, beauty pageant interviews and games. There was dancing and...

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Twice a semester we take the students into the jungle, to a town called Misahualli. We take them there because we have formed continuing relationships with the local community. Though the students change each semester, as a program we want to have long-term impact instead of a quick in-and-out serve mentality. Our primary partnership is with a small, Christian school called Antioch.    The students and staff work together to do VBS type programs. This exposes the kids to English (the s...

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29 students are fun but sometimes it's good to get some time away and just be together as staff. When students are around we are focused on them but when they are gone we have a blast together.  Typically we do some kind of mini celebration when students enter their homestays for a month, because while Resident Coordinators still have lots of work to do, they have a quiet house at night and that is really nice! This semester we did a cake decorating contest and there was some great creativi...

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Rucu PichinchaSummit: 15, 696 Something I've always wanted to do is summit Rucu, but I've never been willing to set aside a whole day to do it. Having my work designate a day just for this made for a perfect first time up it! About 25 of our students went (we had a few sick ones) and for the first time in LLI history, all 25 who started summitted! It took about 8 hours because of staggering between groups but it was an absolutely beautiful, energizing, connecting and persevering 8 hours! I staye...

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