Hello Everyone,

I’m Brian Thelen, one of the GG Leaders for our trip to Riobamba. I currently teach English at Hinsdale South High School located about 25 miles southwest of Chicago. Traveling has been one of my primary pastimes for several years, but this will be my first trip to Ecuador. I’m excited to spend some time in the mountains. While I wouldn’t call myself an outdoorsman, I do tend to remember outdoor activities as being among the highlights of any trip. I look forward to meeting you all in a couple weeks.