<p>I am a junior Environmental Science Major with a Peace and Justice Concentration and Spanish minor at Villanova University. I love backpacking, traveling and new adventures. I am so excited to be spending the semester in Quito, Ecuador and I hope that these posts will help you experience the culture and beauty of life in South America through my eyes.</p>
Blogs by Alissa Welker
Don't Be Sad it is Over But Be Happy That it Happened
After being in Ecuador for four and a half months I have put together a list of some of the cultural differences that I have recognized. Living with a host...
The "Right Way" to Live?
What my travels and experience in Ecuador has taught me about life.
A Place Worth Protecting
As Earth Day is quickly approaching I wanted to share a brief summary of my adventure in the Amazon Rain forest and reflect on why it is such a special place on...
I am the Gringa
A blog post about fitting in and everyday life in Ecuador
A journal entry and reflection on my service learning experience helping to take care of the children of workers at the local garbage transfer station
Finding Your Niche
My travels through Ecuador have led me to a reflection on where it is I feel most at home.
The STUDY in STUDY Abroad
A brief look at the academic environment throughout my study abroad experience and what I have learned thus far in my time in Ecuador
Metas y Más
A month and a half in to my study abroad experience I am realizing what I want out of the experience and how I want my time abroad to impact my world view and...
The Enchanted Islands
An account of my time in the Galapagos Islands, referred to as many as the Enchanted Islands.
A reflection on what I have enjoyed most about my time abroad. It turns out that it is not one food or place I have visited rather it is a lesson learned. Enjoy...
Una Cultura Amable
A reflection on the people of Ecuador and a snapshot at one of the differences in culture between the United States and Ecuador.
First weekend of traveling in Ecuador includes a weekend trip to Mindo!
Learning the Ropes
A blog post about adjusting to life in a foreign city. There are challenges but it is also a reason to celebrate life and enjoy the adventure.
Cerdo y Chancho: Soda and Pop
A post about the diversity of the Spanish language and my reflection on my first week in Ecuador
Embarking on a New Adventure
A predeparture post that reflects on the journey that I am about to leave for in a matter of several days. This post highlights how the unknowns are the most...