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Update from December 2018 to February 2019

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The blog has not been updated since December 2018, we apologize for this lack of assiduity, but it does not mean that our beautiful project Sky Katitawa was off during all this time, it is all the contrary. A lot of motivated and amazing volunteers have volunteered with us like Kevin, Pedro and Loic that made amazing videos to explain more in details the project and a typical day of a volunteer in Salasaka. Links of the videos below
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhW2mz_zjIk&fbclid=IwAR1Z8Ns_3XdvhEB759BURP3XMC-6U0bADgacybyNe4KcNxz2HAbhcBZoe6Q
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tY4XE7xZAb8&fbclid=IwAR2tJds9WDCE3y4-SzrHltrygb-PGwUXtnFzF4YWsn8W34qEYRa_SvDqwX0
December was the month of a really important event, La Fiesta del Capitan to remember two historical events, the conquest of the Spanish in America and the involvement of the community of Salasaka in the Revolution led by Eloy Alfaro. But you will know more about this party when you visit the museum of the people of Salasaka wher…

A little tour of the hosteria...

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Let's have a look at where our volunteers stay during their work for the project. We call our house "hosteria Pachamama". Pachamama literally means "mother earth". The house for us is a safe and cosy place to return to after a day of working in the community.
Shall we start with the living room? 




Now let's take a look at the kitchen, one of the rooms where we spend a lot of time I must admit :) Cooking is something very important for the volunteers. We love preparing some good food all together and talk about how our day was.




A look at one of the bedrooms...


And finally some pictures from the outside. The house is located on top of the hill so every day we can enjoy the beautiful view. And when we are lucky and it's not cloudy, we can even see the volcano Chimborazo right from our doorstep!

Hosteria Pachamama welcomes new volunteers!

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The last weeks many new volunteers arrived!In the beginning of November we welcomed Bushra from England! She arrived just in time to celebrate Finados with us (the day of the dead).
 This is one of the most important days for the people of Salasaka. It was very interesting for the volunteers to get to know this tradition. On the day of the dead, everyone in Salasaka goes to the cemetery to visit the graves of their loved ones. But they aren't sad about it! They prefer remembering them by celebrating. They do this by eating, drinking and visiting the graves of the ones that passed away. Anna and Annika even got to dress up in the traditional clothing of the salasakan women :) 

After finados there were also some changes to the work we do. Before we had English classes in the afternoon five days a week, but that's diffrent now. We started working with the kids of the local community of Patuloma again. So on Thursday and Friday we volunteer with them in the "casa de la comunida…

Culture and tradition week!

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Culture and tradition weekAt the school and the afternoon classes we had a very interesting week. We let the children and adults reflect about what is typical for a culture. They thought about what makes a culture so special. Things such as food, clothing, nature, celebrations... After a short introduction the students got to make a presentation about their own Ecuadorian culture. They worked together in groups to make a beautiful poster about their country. Afterwards they even got to present their poster in front of the class. It was so nice to see them talk about their own country, but in English of course ;) The little kids learned about the colours of the rainbow. At friday we taught them the rainbow song and a little dance. They loved it! 

We also welcomed a new volunteer in the volunteer house. Her name is Anna and she is from Belgium. She will be staying with us for 3 months and is very excited to work with the kids from the community.


The girls proud of their poster
The result
Th…

How to Prepare for Volunteering with SKY

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So you’ve found SUMAK KAWSAY YACHAY (or SKY), filled out your application form, and now you’re eagerly waiting to join us in Salasaka. Surely there’s more you need to know, right? Absolutely! That’s why we put together this short list of ways you can make the most of your time with us, before you even get here! Make sure your dates are confirmed. Once you know when you’ll be arriving, including the date and time, and you’ve confirmed with a volunteer coordinator, you should receive directions to Hosteria Pachamama, AKA your new home, via email. If you just can’t wait, you can also find the directions here on our Volunteers Page. The drivers of the camionettas (or white pickup trucks with green stripes) know Hosteria Pachamama well and are used to shuttling volunteers. Learn about the local culture and language. Most of us intend to do research beforehand, but it’s often much easier said than done. Fortunately, we’ve tried to make it easier for you by compiling a few useful phrases in …

5 Reasons You Should Volunteer with SKY

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Volunteering abroad can be a challenging and rewarding experience. It takes us to new places, exposes us to new cultures, and helps us learn more about ourselves and the world we live in. These are only a few of the reasons we do it. But how do we choose where to go and which organization to give our time and skills to? Each person has their own reason for wanting to volunteer abroad, but we thought we’d offer a few of the top reasons why we think you should consider working with SKY. 

A unique and immersive opportunity for cultural exchange with the indigenous Salasaka community. Salasaka is a wonderfully unique indigenous village, which means its culture is different from many of the surrounding areas of Ecuador. For example, most people in Salasaka are bilingual, speaking Spanish and Kichwa, and have traditions and festivals that vary from other parts of Ecuador. Volunteering with SKY will immerse you within this special Andean community, introducing you to new foods, music, ways of…

Volunteer Profile: Zach and Ayn-Marie

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Meet Zach and Ayni (“Annie”) Age: Zach, 28; Ayni, 27 Home country: USA
What languages do you speak? English and the tiniest amount of Spanish. We know enough to get by, which in our case means: book a hostel, take a bus, give directions to a taxi driver, and order Salchipapas from the local vendor in Salasaka. You know, the important stuff.
How did you hear about SKY? We found SKY on the internet, specifically volunteersouthamerica.net. We read the recommendations, scoured the website, and filled out our application. A few weeks later, we were here.
Why did you want to volunteer with SKY? Our time in Salasaka is sandwiched between a few weeks of traveling across Ecuador. We thought a volunteering experience would get us off the well-worn backpacker path, and give us some time to sit still during our whirlwind trip through this beautiful country. We also had an interest in teaching English, so it seemed like a near-perfect fit.
How long will be volunteering with SKY? Sadly, only two weeks. W…