The school in Salasaka

Trip Start Dec 29, 2012
Trip End Aug 15, 2013

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Flag of Ecuador  , Tungurahua,
Thursday, January 17, 2013

In Salasaka we volunteered at a school. And we met lots of different kids. The school was very small. It had groups instead of grades. The groups were kindergarten, Group 1, Group 2, Group 3, and Group 4. Itīs kind of the same at our school because they have the same amount of time in every day and they have recess and a park. They also have a chicken pen. The kids are about the same age in my school. They cook lunch at school for the kids. They eat a lot of rice!

The walk to the school is about 45 minutes. And we see lots of donkeys, ranches and cows on the way to the school. Thereīs lots of dogs wandering around, usually without an owner because a lot of people donīt have as much money so they canīt afford to fix their pets to not have babies. We named one of the dogs Fluffly because he was really fluffy.
When we left Quito to come to Salasaka, we had to take a four hour bus ride. The bus ride was really boring! Because there was nothing to do except watch a movie in Spanish. It costed us three dollars each. The pick up trucks drive us around town like taxis but it costs a lot less, 10 cents a person. Sometimes itīs hard to get on the back of the truck. Some of them have rails for us to hold onto while weīre standing up. Thereīs lots of speed bumps because they donīt have traffic lights. Most of the drivers donīt slow down.

Itīs really dusty and windy here. Most of the women and girls wear bandanas so they donīt get dust in their nose and mouth (I get lots of dust in my eyes). There was also a volcano that erupted last week. Too bad we werenīt here to see it!

There is lots of spiders in the room that weīre staying in. We already killed two big ones. There are lots of school volunteers staying at the house. Thereīs two more Canadians, two from France, one from Germany and one from the U.S. In the house there isnīt any hot water (I didnīt have a shower in a week!) - but mom and dad heated water on the stove to wash! A lot of people get sick from the different food and water.

I like working with the kids and I enjoy being here. I also like the views and ranches - especially donkeys!

By Aiden, Scribed by Michelle
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Grandma on

hi Aiden,I love your blog.It sounds like you had an amazing experience that will last for a lifetime. Uncle Mike would not have liked the spiders!.Sure do miss you .Thank you for sharing your adventures.xo

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