Surfing, Adventure Sports and Volunteering with Patricia White at the South American Explorers Club in Quito

Patricia’s adventurous spirit led her to Ecuador over 5 years ago. Since then she has pioneered in creating active travel excursions for volunteers, climbers, surfers and students.

Working for International Student Volunteers, she created itineraries and led groups of students around the country, especially to communities off the beaten path.

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volunteer Gigs in Quito, Week of November 1st

There are a few places looking for people to help in Quito.  A Backpackers Bar and a long-term Ecuadorian Bar.  If you are going to be around for three months or longer, can speak some Spanish and have experience, send me an email at savvytravellerecuador@gmail.com.

Monday Musings-Work and Volunteer in Ecuador

More volunteer and work opportunities in Quito and Latacunga.. Hostel Tiana, in Latacunga is currently looking for volunteers for three months to help with the hostel.  It’s a great way to make friends, practice your Spanish and see a beautiful part of Ecuador from a local perspective.  Volunteers help with day to day operations like … Continue reading

The Scoop Behind The Secret Garden, Quito

The Secret Garden was started by Katherine and Tarquin Hill, an Ecuadorian/ Aussie couple who met and lived abroad. The building that it is housed in is actually Katherine mothers, who lives in an apartment there.

Their aim was to provide a place where travellers could feel comfortable, meet others in a casual social setting, and get reliable information about travelling in Ecuador.

They started small and worked together with other family members to get the word out. Often this meant going to the bus station and finding travellers looking for accomidation and offering them a room. When it started a dorm room was .50 cents.

Since then they have put beds in every possible corner of the five-story building as their hard work has been successful and they turn people away daily. They also have a travel agent on premises, a spanish school, and breakfast and dinner served on the fifth story terrace.

Passion and Prose-Brian Iverson

“I like my grass blue and my whiskey straight” quote from brian!   Thinking about how to introduce Brian my head is filled with thoughts about meeting him in Quito at Finn´s and then finding him in the least likely places.  When I went to the coast with a group of volunteers all of the … Continue reading

Passion and Prose-Ailish Brennan

  I first met Ailish when she stayed in Quito at first at the Secret garden and the worked with her boyfriend, Max, at Finn McCool’s where I worked.  Ailish’s an Irish lass through and through.  Her red hair, fiery spirit, humor, and straight up no bull attitude got the bar standing at attention any … Continue reading

Updates from Quito

In the last month someone from couchsurfing contacted me and she is now working teaching for friends with a family who own a hostel in Cotopaxi.  I met and befriended three people travelling from Columbia who met at a hostel there and decided to buy a twenty person bus to take friends and people they … Continue reading

Passion and Prose-People I’ve met here

  When I first met Ursula she was slinging drinks, trading jokes with patrons, while doing a jig and signing songs from home at her bar called Finn McCool’s In Quito. She has away of making people feel at home in far off lands and inspires those who have dreamed of living or travelling to … Continue reading