Michelle Volunteer Abroad in Quito, Ecuador


My Favorite Memory: Showing my kids at the orphanage how to draw rainbows and stars with chalk on the floors outside and seeing their smiles every day

I was surprised that…. latin american culture is extremely different

The most difficult thing I experienced was…. the language barrier I first experienced my first two weeks there as I continued to improve in my Spanish.

Michelle Volunteer Abroad in Quito, Ecuador

My best received lesson… to have an open mind and let everything unfold by itself.

Tip for future volunteers… (Clothing, travel, personal items, donations, sightseeing etc)
My only tip for future volunteers would be to set no expectations for the trip and to have an open mind while volunteering and living in the country.

Michelle Volunteer Abroad in Quito, Ecuador

Personal Paragraph (Testimonial)
My first couple of weeks in Quito were emotionally overwhelming, similar to most other volunteers. My Spanish wasn’t as great, I didn’t have any friends, I was sick, and I was going through a huge culture shock that I did not expect. However, with the help of my amazing host family and my wonderful kids at the orphanage, I began to adjust and enjoy my time. The kids at the orphanage were absolutely amazing to work and hang out with during my time in Quito volunteering. Their smiles only made my smile so much more and the people I’ve met throughout my time in Quito have made my volunteer experience amazing. My two month experience in Quito is a trip that I will always treasure and I would like to thank my most generous host family, my kids at the orphanage, and Abroaderview for such a great journey in my life.

Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers? yes

Michelle Volunteer Abroad in Quito, Ecuador

Michelle Volunteer Abroad in Quito, Ecuador

Volunteer Name: Michelle Cho
Project Location: Quito, Ecuador
Program Dates: 5/25 - 7/20/11
Volunteered at: Maria Orphanage

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