BU Abroad: Ecuador Immersion
Quality time in Quito
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In the video above, Bailey Acevedo (CAS’10) talks about how she became steeped in the people, language, and culture of Ecuador.
“I spoke Spanish before I went, but being fully immersed in the language and the culture is incomparable,” says Bailey Acevedo.
Acevedo (CAS’10) spent last spring in the Quito Language and Liberal Arts Program taking courses and living with a host family in Ecuador’s capital. Her experience went far beyond the typical semester abroad, deepening into an all-encompassing immersion. She took liberal arts classes, taught at Universidad San Francisco de Quito, hung with Ecuadorian friends on the weekends, tutored English to native Kichwa speakers, and forged a special bond with her host family.
“I think that the language reinforcement will have the most lasting effect,” she says. “I never would have been able to learn that much out of a textbook. I also made a lifelong friendship with my host sister, Daniela, and I’ll always keep in touch with my host family. I loved them!”
Acevedo enjoyed her time in Quito so much, she’s continuing her studies there this semester — after side trips to Paris, Amsterdam, London, Rome, Sicily, Barcelona, and Machu Picchu.
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