A young Canadian acquaintance has gone to the interior of Ecuador as a volunteer. Following are a few notes taken from a phone call he made during his stay:
“…, they are the most beautiful and lovely people.
Words can’t even describe how beautiful they are.
I went there to help them.
But they helped me – I was deeply cared for the entire time.
They are so gentle and generous.
…, I held a pirahna.
There were ants the size of my finger.
Oh the parrots.
I would take one step and a family of the most beautiful butterflies would fly up around me.
The sounds at night were unbelievable.
It is a different life – it is another, most incredible world.
It is so beautiful.
It is so stunning.
A friendly opossum would crawl up and on me everyday.
The children were so loving and sweet.
Baby monkeys were everywhere.
I was soaked with the rain.
The smells – Oh the smells – they were the most gorgeous.
Bees the size of my thumb.
Huge spiders….the smallest was the size of my hand.
Life is abundant there. Overflowing life.
Teeming with life.
I learned how to blow darts and make traps.
I learned how to trek through thick beautiful nature.
The biggest most beautiful trees.
Oh the trees.
I slept on a hard floor under mosquitoe netting.
It rained and rained.
And rained and rained and rained.
It was so beautiful.
And I bathed in the river.
This land is extroardinary.
This wilderness must be cared for.”