After living for 20 years in Germany I wanted to see and experience something different. Videos and pictures from TV and internet triggered the wish in me to live for some time abroad and see at least once in my life time the jungle. Through a coincidence, I ended up at probably the most unlikely place that not a lot of people would think about when travelling: Santo Domingo de los Colorados in Ecuador. It’s a city with 305,000 inhabitants between the Andes and the Ecuadorian coast and is in particular known for the indigenous group Tsachila. For 3 months in 2012/13 I should work there as a volunteer in a kindergarten and live together with 1 priest, his niece, mother, 5 Ecuadorian and 1 German volunteer in a parish.
This experience in Ecuador fascinated me that much that people still realize after 6 years that this experience changed something in me. Thus, I get often asked what I liked most about my time in Ecuador. The answer is not the jungle, that I wanted to see on the first hand, but: the people. Why? I explain you here, what I liked about them.
Gracias Ecuador por tu cariño, te quiero mucho!