Star's Ecuadorian Excursion!

Starmeshia Jones Start Date: Jan 11, 2018 - End Date: Jul 9, 2018
  • Cultural Exchange
  • Educational/Research Trip
  • Professional Development

My Travel Story

by: Starmeshia Jones Start Date: Jan 11, 2018 - End Date: Jul 9, 2018
  • Cultural Exchange
  • Educational/Research Trip
  • Professional Development

I'm extremely excited to share that I've been selected to participate in a 4-week cultural immersion program in Quito Ecuador this summer (June-July!. The mission of the Ecuador Professional Preparation Program is to address the growing need for more psychologists, educators and mental health professionals who are knowledgeable about Spanish and Hispanic culture.

Participating in this program will strengthen my ability to work competently and effectively with culturally and linguistically diverse youth and families in my community and abroad. While in Ecuador I'll be able to do many things including:
1.) Live with a host family
2.) Participate in daily 1:1 Spanish instruction 
3.) Work daily at a mental health clinic, orphanage, community outreach center or educational setting
4.) Hear from local and national leaders at weekly lectures
5.) visit indigenous markets, monuments and historical centers including Ciudad Mitad del Mundo.

The cost of the program is $3375 and covers key items like meals, housing, workplace supervision, Spanish instruction and travel insurance. It doesn't cover other costs such as airfare. While I'm actively aggressively saving for this trip, if you can donate and share, I'd greatly appreciate it! 

I cannot wait to participate in this program and share my experience with you all!  


Updates

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  • My Host Family :-)

    I just received my housing assignment! Tons of sunscreen & drinking 60-80z of water prior to, and the first few days of my arrival have been recommended since I'll be at 10,000 feet and near the equator. If you'd like, feel free to share my campaign as it's still ongoing. 11 days left :-)
  • Update: So Encouraged

    Update: So encouraged
    Reporting live from my office! I'm so excited to share that I have recieved 3 donations to date! 11% toward my goal. Thank you to the phenomenal women who have invested in me. It means everything!