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El Cajas: Getting Unplugged

El Cajas: Getting Unplugged One of my favorite parts of living in Cuenca is the beautiful mountains that surround the city. What is even better though is the ability to go visit them! El Cajas is a national park filled with magnificent scenery. I never knew that trees could twist and turn in so many directions; I honestly felt like I was in a Sci-Fi movie set with the trees. There are so many lakes and mountains that my eyes…

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CEDEI Partners with Amazon Smile for Cyber Monday

CEDEI Partners with Amazon Smile for Cyber Monday Take advantage of this Cyber Monday! Purchase through smile.amazon.com/ch/86-0964602 and you’ll support the great work that CEDEI does in education, health, and bringing cultures together. Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service. You’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with…

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Ecuagenera Garden

Biology and Ecology Internships: Ecuagenera Orchid Farm Ecuador

Biology and Ecology Internships: Ecuagenera Orchid Farm Ecuador 45 minutes outside of Cuenca, down the highway toward Gualaceo, there is an unassuming building on the left-hand side. The white building has large images of flowers–orchids–on the windows. It looks like it’s just a store, a place to go and buy flowers. But to take the spontaneous risk, to ask the bus driver to stop and descend the steps to go explore this place, is one of the best decisions you…

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Now and Then: The Cycle of Studying Abroad

Now and Then: The Cycle of Studying Abroad Two international programs students who are here for the Fall Semester in the Andes shared their thoughts two months ago, in their first week at CEDEI. We looped back now, as they’re approaching their final weeks here, to see what moments have stood out and what they’re grateful for about this experience. Out of all the countries to study abroad, why did you choose Ecuador and why did you choose the CEDEI…

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Reflecting on Arriving in Ecuador

Reflecting on Arriving in Ecuador As with any journey, it officially starts with a packed suitcase, a passport, and a ticket. I arrived to Dulles Airport with heightened awareness of the fact that this would be my first official time stepping on an airplane and not knowing anyone. The whole car ride I was filled with butterflies of excitement and the nervousness of not fulling knowing what I was getting myself into. What I would soon come to realize is…

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Ecuador Market Cuenca

Settling Into Cuenca

On a bus after the first week of adventures in Ecuador there were small bits of anxiety in the pit of my stomach as we are heading to Cuenca, Ecuador, the city in which I will be living for the next semester. We arrive at CEDEI and all of the students line up to meet their families for the first time and I am kindly greeted by my host mother. We swiftly leave CEDEI so that I can get acquainted…

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Cuenca-Loving Program Coordinator: Janae Knipp

Cuenca-Loving Program Coordinator: Janae Knipp Cuenca is Calling! Nearly four years ago I walked through Cuenca for the first time and felt enchanted. The river! The mountains! The cobblestone streets! I was under the spell of its South American charm. As I started my teaching contract, my feelings didn’t change too much. Sure, there were the normal frustrations. On rainy days, I really wished I had my car. I missed almond butter and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. I got frustrated…

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Cemetery Cuenca

Día de los Muertos

Día de los Muertos On the 2nd of November, the spirits come out to play. Seeking, crying, plotting, rejoicing spirits. They’re emboldened by the the time of year–Día de los Muertos. Day of the Dead. But in this conservative, significantly Catholic city, how many Cuencanos do believe in spirits? About 75% of Cuencanos consider themselves to be Catholic. And yet, even in a city so religious, Día  de los Muertos, celebrated on November 2nd, feels like a small nook in…

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5 Things to Know about Life in Cuenca

5 Things to Know about Life in Cuenca As in any city, there are customs and rituals that are different compared to daily life in the States or European countries. The observations on this list are small things, noticed over my two years of living in Cuenca. The topics vary from extended mealtimes to excessive high heel use. These customs are so woven into the fabric of daily life, that you may not even realize how commonplace they are until…

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Daily Life in Cuenca Tips

Daily Life in Cuenca Tips Wisdom Collected from Students and Staff   Cuenca Courtyards How can I make calls to the US/use the internet? At various locations around Cuenca are cabinas, which are places that have phones and computers available to the public for a small charge. To make a call to the US, you first need to put in the US IDD, “011” then the area code and number. Calls to other countries have their own IDD. Calls typically…

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Administrative Offices: International Programs
Gran Colombia 11-02 y General TorresEsq.
Phones: (+5937) 2839003 – (+5937) 2823452 – (+5937) 2843874
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Email: Director of International Programs