During this interim we will work with Trinity’s semester in Ecuador partners to provide health care to jungle‐based
populations. This interim will allow students to experience the vastness of health care disparity between the urban and
jungle settings, in addition to the disparities between persons of South America and North America. In addition to
educational and service opportunities at various locations, there will be fellowship and outreach opportunities each day.
Expect hiking, lots of bugs, and a once‐in‐a‐lifetime adventure into the jungle of Ecuador to provide health care to
various groups of people.
On Friday, we started out at a school for upper-middle class students. The kids were so well behaved! Many of us got to talk to some of them, which was fun. We ate sandwiches on the bus on our way to a church in a poor area. We did another health clinic there with at least twice as many people attending than we had expected. We had problems with the language barrier and felt like we couldn't do as much for them as we would have liked. At the same time, it was nice to know that we were able to be the hands of God and give the people supplies they cannot always afford, like soap and toothbrushes.
We ask that you continue to pray for us. We have another clinic to run today and will go to Rio Bamba tomorrow, which is a very poor area of Ecuador, about 3-4 hours south of Quito.
On Thursday, we started out at La Universidad de las Americas. We had the opportunity to see what the nursing programs look like here and what the health care system is like. We met the dean of students and the head of the nursing programs.
After the school, we went to a hospital (hospital vozandes), a missionary hospital. It was only 76 beds, but seemed really nice. The cool thing about the hospital was that pretty much everything they had was donated.
We ate lunch at a place call Cafe Bon. They served us asparages soup, rice, carne (beef), beans, and for dessert arroz con leche. The guides assigned to our group are Kim and Jose. Jose worked on some Spanish vocab with us there. After lunch, we had an hour break before going to old Quito. We visited Basilica del Voto Nacional. We could climb up to the top of some of the towers, which are about 78 meters high, but that's to the very top.
After the basilica, we went to the plaza in front of the presidential palace. We also went inside a beautiful cathedral, but weren't allowed to take pictures. We also walked by another cathedral that's interioror is entirely made of gold. After this, we drove to the top of a mountain/hill with a statue of the Virgin Mary. The view was amazing. Many of us still can't get over how big this city is. It's kind of tucked in a valley, so it can only expand two out of the four directions. When we got back, dinner was ordered, and we went to bed pretty early.