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Not speaking English for a month, eating new foods, and smelling fresher air! For Jan Plan 2012, 16 students spent a month in the capital city of Ecuador—Quito—at the Andean Center for Latin American Studies (ACLAS). The trip was organized by Spanish Professor Barbara Nelson. And students fulfilled more than just a three-credit distribution requirement.


We lived and bonded with host families, traveled to nearby cities, and experienced Ecuador's culture. Learning the language came not only from doing three hours of Spanish homework daily, but also from talking and interacting with the locals. We traveled to cities including Mindo, Banos, Rio Bamba, Machachi, and many others. The most important aspect of this trip was for the Colby students to step out of their comfort zone and immerse into Latin culture.


Pictures in this gallery were taken with a 1970s Konica film camera using 35 mm color and black-and-white film. This was done in hopes that the exposures, with their graininess, heighten a sense of nostalgia. The memory becomes faded, the moment almost forgotten, if not for the picture.

Dhokela Yzeiraj
Bronx, New York
Lehman High School
Major: Geology
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El Sabor del Ecuador

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Dhokela Yzeiraj
Bronx, New York
Lehman High School
Major: Geology

Not speaking English for a month, eating new foods, and smelling fresher air! For Jan Plan 2012, 16 students spent a month in the capital city of Ecuador—Quito—at the Andean Center for Latin American Studies (ACLAS). The trip was organized by Spanish Professor Barbara Nelson. And students fulfilled...   Read More

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OVERLOOKING THE CAPITAL  A view of the capital city, Quito. With a population of over 2 million, Quito is Ecuador's second largest city after Guayaquil. If you look closely, you may see the basilica near the center.


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