Monthly Archives: May 2013
Fútbol is a really important part of our culture!
Culture can be described in many different ways. Ecuadorians have a huge love for soccer and even more nowadays due to the upcoming World Cup that will take place in Brazil. As special training, we had a friendly match between Germany’s soccer team in the U.S.
We can see and feel what makes this sport so special and how it makes others feel. We host many volunteers from Germany who feel so proud of their team. Meanwhile our Spanish teachers and staff also feel a huge surge of emotion when our soccer players walk onto the field. Everyone is cheering and so full of emotions while representing their countries. The beautiful part is watching such an interesting, intense game, but at the same time not offending either opponent and watching with so much respect for one other.
Both teams have played only twice before, but our volunteers from Germany somehow feel stuck in the middle of rooting for both teams because Ecuador is the country that has taken them in and given them so much during their stay. They don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings, so the afternoon simply turns into a friendly and fun time getting to know those they barely know from the office while talking about the game.
It is amazing to see how this sport can unite other cultures together. It seems like we all are from the same country despite the fact that Ecuadorians wear yellow, blue and red and Germany wears white and black. Culture can be shown by many different ways and our country has the greatest advantage of all, expressing different shows of culture.
Our Spanish School and Foundation always look for different ways to give our students and volunteers a little piece of home in our own.
Every month we have a birthday party for all the volunteers and staff members that were born that month. On April 25th we celebrate the birthdays of our volunteer Nadja Merk from Germany and Germán Venegas our co worker.
A traditional celebration for us has music, decoration, food and of course birthday cake.
We always sing the birthday song in different languages: Spanish, English, German, Norwegian….which shows the great diversity of volunteers. The birthday person asks for a wish; blow the candles and in Ecuador the b-day person must bite the cake.
On April 18th we hosted the first Host Families workshop. It was a fulfilling afternoon where the host mothers had the chance to meet and interact with each other.
The first part of the program had a psychological and transcultural component. Paola Calderón and Cristóbal Cordero, psychology interns from Catholic University where in charge of the contents and activities.
The second part of the program was focused on human nutrition and preparation of different sandwiches.
We, the staff members were involved in the preparation and organization process and it was a great experience being able to share what we know and we expect that for future opportunities the families bring their own special dishes and share their best kept secrets with us.