Hey friends and family! Its Fatima and Alyssa on Day 10 of our trip here in Riobamba. Today was Global Business Day. We woke up at 5:30AM to make sure everyone would be up by 6:00AM, to be on time for our SECOND day of English tutoring at Kopling school. From 9:00AM to 10:00AM we were in our classrooms teaching a range of 7-10 students per classroom. We prepared a lesson plan the night before to make sure we cover all the subjects each class was in charge of. After Kopling, we came back to La Primavera for a quick 10-minute wardrobe change to make sure we stayed on schedule. We had a 45-minute drive ahead of us to the Quinoa fields in Cajabamba, Chimborazo. Throughout the trip there we read our mental warmup to make sure we learned about COPROBICH, and fair trade. Once we got to the fields, we went on a short hike to see the Quinoa fields to learn about their harvest and how they’re maintained. We took some FIRE pictures, as you can see down below.
Later, we took a 20-minute drive to the Quinoa factories where we learned how they’re processed, and considered fair trade. At the Factory we ate a very good lunch from La Primavera, complimented with Cookie and Cream Oreos, Juice, and a fruit. Shortly after we had the opportunity to buy Organic Quinoa straight from the factory, prices ranged from $1-$1.50. We then headed back to La Primavera to do a quick Midterm Evaluation of our great staff here at Global Glimpse. After that we had some to prepare our Lesson Plan for tomorrow’s class, free time, a very filling and amazing dinner. The day was completed by a quick 2 rounds of the game Sardine, where one person hides and everyone else is seeking but when you find the person you must go and stay with them, until only one Glimpser is left standing.
Today was a great day for me (Fatima) and the entire group, I believe. Learning about global businesses and the impact that our choices as consumers on the economy and businesses in general. We have to choose wisely on who we are buying our groceries from to enforce the ideas of fair pay, and standards of completion that all companies should offer. Throughout my day (Alyssa), I learned many new things that I never expected. Being half Ecuadorian, it was very eye-opening for me to learn that Ecuador is the third biggest Banana export in the world. I found this very interesting because Ecuador is a small country compared to the United States, and other countries in South America. Another thing that stood out to me was the Quinoa plants because I have never seen them before and I thought it was interesting to see how they grow and harvest when its time. Our quote for the day was “true development must be and harmony with the needs of people and the rhythms of the natural world.” We can connect this quote to the ideas of how we must advance our society while still making sure that our environment, our traditions and overall culture is preserved.
Being LDD is an amazing experience, being a natural leader or not being LDD gives you the chance to get your comfort zone and venture through obstacles that we will face in the future. In a year from now we will be heading or getting ready to take on college, the adult world. Being a leader gives us a sense of independence and some responsibilities, we are becoming adults. To some the job might be hard but facing everything head forward will ensure that you will end on top. Thank you so much for reading this!
Fatima and Alyssa
P.S- Miss you Lou and Mommy <3 (Fatima)
P.P.S- I Miss You Mom, Brian, and DP (Alyssa)