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  • Quito, Ecuador: Lessons Learned from the Chillos Valley
    08-27-2018 | 10 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. | Massey Boardroom

    Quito is a city of important historical and culture heritage to Latin America that is growing rapidly. However, as the city faces the challenges of gentrification, a poor education system, and crime, communities in Quito’s surrounding Chillos Valley are often the last to receive assistance and access to educational resources. With the assistance of the Lumos Award, Erin Sanislo traveled to Quito’s suburb of Rumiloma to volunteer with the Manna Project in the area of community programming. At a local community center, she led cooking and physical activity classes, taught English, and developed literacy programs, using Spanish for most of her programming. Join us as Erin reflects on her time spent in Ecuador, provides advice for future Lumos travelers on risk management and how to vet an international nonprofit organization, and shares the value of foreign language study to service learning.