We started the day by waking up later than usual at 8 A.M. At 8:40, we walked to Roma Santa for breakfast. Today, we had bread with corn and cheese, scrambled eggs, bologna, dragonfruit and papaya, along with home-made orange juice. Once people were done with their food, they signed out on a sheet and were free to head off exploring with groups of 4 or more. Many people opted to go to the internet cafe to surf the web and make phone calls, Plaza Rosa and Plaza Tren to buy souvenirs, and to eat the delicacies that Riobamba had to offer. Many people also chose to just walk around and see the wonders of the city.

After the first section of free time, we all met up at Roma Santa at 12:30 PM for lunch that consisted of rice, beef, mashed potatoes, beets, broccoli, salsa, and carrot juice. Once again, after finishing our lunch, we had free time until 3:30. This section of free time consisted of people continuing their activities that they didn’t get to do previously.

At 3:40, everyone met up at the hotel lobby to go to English tutoring at Nazerino. English tutoring lasted from 4:00-6:00 PM. After that, we left for Roma Santa for dinner, which was spaghetti with tomato sauce and beef, spaghetti with tomato sauce and mushrooms for vegetarians, salad, salsa, and tea. We then headed back to the hotel for our nightly meeting, where we discussed our day and passed the torch to the leaders of tomorrow.


There was an activity after the nightly meeting called ‘Step In Step Out.’ The activity was a bonding experience, in which we touched upon subjects that were surface level, as well as fragile subjects regarding much more sensitive matters. We discovered things that we didn’t previously know about each other, and all came much closer as a result. There were many tears shed because some things that were shared during the activity were very difficult, but seeing how supportive everyone is was extremely heartwarming, especially since the majority of us have only known each other for about a week.

All 30 of us definitely came so much closer today than before through this activity. Everyone showed courage and compassion to one another, which definitely was one of the highlights of today. Today was filled with lots of fun and adventure, as well as great food and team building. Stay tuned for more!

-Melena, Bryan, and Dharana