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Today we gather Vivientes staff and friends to the Party in commemoration of the beginning of San Vicente construction for the scientific station.
It was a great day, we prepare the tools for the construction, the needless for sewing the fishing net and we plant a camote tree.
Now we are ready to start tomorrow while eating a fabulous grilled “Lisa” fish with some chicken “Seco de pollo”.
Special Thanks to Fabian that bring the cactus for the new station!
… This unique program is not just about helping while you are here, it is about creating a contribution for the long term .
The Vivientes “Share + Learn” System:
“Share + Learn” allows each intern to contribute their own unique skills and perspective. Because everyone is working from their strengths, the progress of the project is dynamic and rapid. Further, Vivientes provides each intern with a full experience of the local community, life in Ecuador, environment, culture, and history. Interns are expected to participate together in the learning process and to support one another. These opportunites enrich the intern´s experience and allows for a deeper contribution to the project.
The Vivientes “Share + Learn” System allows interns to contribute to the developent of low resource communities while learning and improving skills for their own lives
—- We work with small groups of 3 to 6 persons. These small groups allow us to specifically focus and give personalized attention to be sure you are getting the most out of the program. —-
First Lesson: Overview – Learn about the project´s concept and goals.
Here, you will learn about the actual situation of the communities. You will also learn about the needs of the children who live in these communities. These children are part of the project´s main focus.
//…Right when you arrive at the camp you will receive an overview of the project´s goals and your responsibilities. At this point we will also have a question and answer period. Of course, we will get to know each other a bit and introduce the interns to one another! //
Second Lesson: Learn about the primary Project Areas –
The Primary Project Areas: Teaching, Language, History and Cultural Rescue, Building with Indigenous Materials
//After getting to know each one of the interns and their skills and goals for the project, now is the time to learn about the primary “project areas” …//
Third Lesson: Area selection and development- Now is time to select the project area tht is your primary focus. At this point we will coordinate with you to determine your approach. Don´t worry, the process is dynamic and you will have freedom to develop your unique focus. Importantly, we will give you support every step of the way to empower you reach your internship project goals.
Interactive Teaching through Art, Games, Storytelling, Technology
Building with indigenous materials such as Bamboo, Wood, Earth
Organic farming, gardens and landscaping
// .. While you do choose your primary objective, you will still participate in the teaching of the children and are expected to help support the other interns in their projects as well
Keep working: The last touches of your project are important- …
// All projects are documented and completed to a professional level of quality. For example, teaching projects require documented lesson plans that consist of the teaching objectives, actual lesson plan, visual aids, and a reflection (we use Google docs to make things easy) ..//
First Implementation – try out your lesson plan with children at a nearby community such as Manglar Alto! …
// ..Nothing can describe seeing all of your effort come to fruition! You will feel quite proud to see and hear the joy of the children. Even if teaching or working with children is not your primary objective, you will be supporting your peers. This is a very gratifying experience!//
Time for a Reflection of your first lesson– …
// All interns will write a reflection of the first lesson and how it went. Here, you can mention the positives and any areas which need adjustement or further work ..//
Second Implementation- visiting the poorest community to teach – …
// This is San Vicente, a small town in the desert. At each site interns will team up for lessons, providing more than one lesson for each community visit. There will be time for individual engagement of students as well as unstructured play. The visit is fun for everyone. Here, we implemented lessons relating to Ecuador´s ancestral history. We used games, visual aids, demonstrations, and English language interation as tools.//
Time for reflection– …
Documentation on Google Drive – …
// At this point, interns upload their internship work to the Google Drive. This provides us with access to your work in the future. Further, your work will be shared with teachers in Ecuador. Importantly, after your internship is over, your work will continue to benefit the commmunity. …//
Thanks! – For comming and help the community
Further application! – Your effort will still with us. being part of the Viviente’s teaching curriculum helping children and helping them for their wellbeing. The lesson is saved on the drive.
… first, wake up… “ohh! what a wonderfull view!”
Here is one of our “perfect days” at the station. We want to share a bit of our happiness and an example of a typical day.
—- Journal entry from a travel day to the community of San Vicente.
Teaching volunteers: Louisa (UK), Amelie, Nathaniel & Jacob (USA). —-
8h00 – 8h30 – waking up with the sunlight and a beautiful landscape! Time for a little breakfast and a morning jog.
// You can walk, jog or bike or even take a bus to the nearest town, Dos Mangas. Here, we are on our way to the swimming hole and Herlinda’s workshop //
8h30 – We arrive in “Dos Mangas Town” and visit “Herlinda’s workshop.” She is one of our best friends, and is the coordinator of a group of widows that do straw handicraft for necessary income.
// Above, Herlinda is making some handicraft. Making these straw and tagua products is an important part of the heritage of this local community. Tomorrow she can provide a class of how to make straw bags//
9h00 – We keep going until we pass through the Dos Mangas natural reserve entrance (Municipal land) and follow the river trail until we arrive at the “Poza del Tigre” (Tiger Natural Pool)
// The water of this pool comes from a natural spring and is fresh and healthy with a lot of beneficial minerals. The water is clean but looks green as it reflects the trees and is mineral-rich.
This is such a nice place for a rest in the hammock, floating on the water, swimming or for using the rope and jumping in! By the way, lying in a hammock is a very traditional thing to do in Ecuador!//
10h00 – After our swim we enjoy delicious Ecuadorian food from the neighboring plantation
//…Farm to table freshly cooked plantains and a light, soft cheese. Yum….//
11h00 – …On the way back to camp, we decide to stop at a straw production facility
// The straw production facility is family owned and operated. We learned about the necessary steps to the production of the famous Ecuadorian white straw that is so fine in both color and texture (world-famous Panama hats are actually made in Ecuador). The family painstakingly slice each piece of straw, then boil and dry and hang every piece. This process can only be done on dry days as the straw can mold and discolor. The profit margins are slim but the family is proud to carry on this unique tradition…//
12h00 – …Our favorite spot for a complete traditional ecuadorian Almuerzo lunch meal usually consists of two courses.
// We decide to stop at one of our favorite spots on the beach in Manglar Alto for lunch. The chef varies the cuisine daily and it makes our mouth water in anticipation for the shrimp soup and the main course. By the way, our favorite place for lunch costs less than $3.00..//
14h00 – …The new San Vincente dam
// Standing in front of the new San Vincente dam. San Vincente is located in a very dry desert climate. The dam is new and it now provides water to the community. The main area of the community has also recently gotten access to electricity. Up the ridge from this site is a future Vivientes camp and community workshop site. The site has a tremendous view of the neighboring mountains. …//
14h30 – …Time to teach and start having fun with the children!
// We arrived at the town center with our well-planned lessons. First, we engaged the children with individual, unstructured play. Then, we started with a lesson about the ancestral legend of Huancavilcas and played a game relating to this lesson. After, we began our lesson relating to Shamanistic healing using the traditional Valdivia figure. Of course, we also played a related game! Fortunately, we still had time and enough teachers for individual instruction and intervention….//
17h30 – Sunset
19h00 – A grilled chicken dinner
// The drive back to Manglar Alto from San Vicente takes a bit more than an hour and we decide to stop and eat at a traditional restaurant along the way. The huge plates of grilled chicken and rice “calme la leona” (the big hunger) inside our tummies….//
20h00 – A horse is stuck!
// When we returned to the camp, we noticed half of a horse was sticking out of the bushes. He did not look happy. We grabbed a lantern and discovered he was stuck. Then we got some supplies from the workshop and cut some wires and released the horse. Then, we repaired the fence. Finally time for bed:)…//
21h00 – Thanks a lot of this perfect day
Now we are developing the project in a new community! It is near a lake but far from the main cities and coastal towns. The community is deep in the mountains, we travel from Dos Mangas Station to the community once or twice per week.
The Master Plan for the community is to BUILD a Scientific Station, to host volunteers, interns and professionals to TEACH AND SHARE knowledge with the local people while preserving Vivientes values.
Vivientes goals on the community:
– Preserve the land, the way of life and spirit.
– Rescue of ancestral identity
– Give strength to the next generation
– Respect to the elders
– Teach Self-sustaining options
– Teach about nutrition and sports.
SEE OUR DAILY WORK ON THE COMMUNITY On Facebook.com/Vivientes.ec
… on a cultural fun experience
An INMERTION experience that allows you to learn new skills, share moments and help the community.
—- You have never been so involved on a foregein culture before. —-
¿What will I get from “Vivientes” experience?
Cultural and Language Support. (avaliable on English & German)
Learn, practice and develop skills during your stay.
Discover amazing ancestral and local storys with everyday activity.
Involve deaply on project acitities and inmertion experience.
Reconnect with nature on a new and healling way.
Safe way of getting out of your confort zone.
Inspirational activities, find out more about yourself and projection.
Help the commmunity with every action.
Support all the Children and Mothers involved on the Vivientes Social Project.
Support yourself getting all the experience and knowleadge of Vivientes Project.
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