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Ecuadorian Experience

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Volunteers > Two college graduates from Los Alamos work with the children of Quito

By Gina Schultz

Kimberly Boerigter and Rebecca Martineau, former residents of Los Alamos, attended a volunteer program in Ecuador for five weeks this summer through International Volunteer Headquarters.
Boerigter and Martineau have traveled abroad on separate occasions in the past. Boerigter went to India for a college class and Martineau has been to Mexico, Costa Rica and Peru.
The two are also recent college graduates, Boerigter from Hope College in Holland, Michigan and Martineau from Kansas State University. Both are 2010 graduates of Los Alamos High School.
Boerigter and Martineau said they both enjoyed the experience of the program through IVHQ saying that is was less expensive and more controlled then some other volunteer programs.
“Not only was it reasonably priced but the program has a tons of locations and options for lengths, all of which they try and keep the cost affordable so people who want to make a difference can actually make a difference,” Boerigter said.
The volunteer program mixed work with pleasure — Monday through Thursday, the girls worked with street kids and Friday through Sunday, they were free to explore the country and get a feel for the culture and location.


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