Our intrepid travelers also had the opportunity to enjoy lunch and meet with Cesar Pastor, the director of the Equinox Spanish School.
The name of the school is derived from the "Equinoctial Line," defined as "the great circle on the celestial sphere midway between the celestial poles." Equinoctial relates to equinox, defined as "the moment that happens twice a year, around the 21st of March and 22nd of September, when the sun is in the same plane as the equator." Since the school is in Ecuador, near the "middle of the world," they chose to use the name of Equinoccial or Equinox as a tribute to their geographical location.
Alyssa Stout, programs coordinator at Equinox in Quito, also wrote to tell us about two of our GGC students studying at Equinox along with students from Clemson University this summer. But there will be more on our two students in a later post.
The school was founded in 1986, is the second Spanish school in Quito, Ecuador. The school focuses on teaching Spanish, but also involves itself within the community through their Ecuador Volunteer Foundation, carries on various service projects in partnership with many colleges and universities and offers social help. Our students stayed with Ecuadorian host families through the Equinox Spanish School, therefore receiving a deeper and more meaningful saturation into Ecuadorian culture and lifestyle.
Learn more about the Equinox Spanish School.
See more images and read more stories on their Facebook page.
Here's a testimonial from one of our traveling students, Benjamin Hines, by permission of the Equinox Spanish School:
Benjamin Hines (USA) Georgia Gwinnett College
Thank you for the email. My experience in Ecuador during those ten days earlier in the month was nothing short of amazing!! I absolutely enjoyed the brief time I got to spend in your great country. To be able to experience your language, customs, food and people was a chance of a lifetime and helped me to see that I will always have other options to help out the greater good outside of the United States. I hope that my adventure in Ecuador is the start of a great campaign to visit every continent in the world.
I was actually the only alumni on the trip. I graduated from GGC back in December (2012) and look to continue my education again at some point in the near future once I settle in somewhere. Part of me will always want to make it back down there to Ecuador but I must first sort out all the things I have back here in Georgia, first. I will be sure to let you know, though, if I can ever make it back sometime. Being part Spanish (Spain), one of my lifelong goals is to learn the language and understand more about the Spanish culture.
Thank you, again, for your school's hospitality during our group's stay in your great country. Just writing this email to you now is special for me because I'm communicating with someone on a whole different continent. I wish you, and the Equinox Spanish School, nothing but the very best in your future endeavors.
Thank you again for a great, great time. We'll be in touch.
- Ben Hines