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ISU graduate student is gearing up for her volunteer project in Ecuador

Spirit's Volunteer Abroad scholarship recipient, Rita Hess, is preparing for her volunteer project in Ecuador. Hess is a student in the Spanish linguistics and pedagogy master’s program at Illinois State University

As part of this new service learning experience, Hess will complete a week of advanced Spanish lessons in Quito and then spend two weeks volunteering at a girls orphanage in Cuenca. She will also assist in putting together recreational activities for the children, helping them with their classes, and sharing with them about her life and experiences in the United States. 

“Once I got the scholarship, I was able to choose which of their volunteer programs I wanted to do and when,” says Hess. “I chose the girls orphanage because I wanted to do something that wasn’t teaching for once. I’ve always had a soft spot for orphans and adoption so it was just generally interesting to me, and I take it as my personal responsibility in life to help girls realize their potential and break through all barriers so, yeah, a perfect fit!” 

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Volunteer Abroad blog update: Pope Francis in Quito, Ecuador!

Alex Elizzaraga, one of Spirit's 2015 Volunteer Abroad scholarship recipients, was able to see Pope Francis during his recent visit to Quito, Ecuador! Read more about Elizzaraga's thrilling experience on his blog: http://spiritscholarshipblog.blogspot.com/2015/07/el-papa-in-quito.html 

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Volunteer Abroad scholarship recipient blogging about his experience in Ecuador

One of Spirit's Volunteer Abroad Scholarship Receipient, Alex Elizzarga, has arrived in Ecuador and is blogging about his experience! Elizarraga will take one week of advanced Spanish lessons before volunteering for three weeks at a summer camp for school-aged children. Read his blog here: www.spiritscholarshipblog.blogspot.com