Malena also told us they offer educational programs for those in the community and serve up to 400 people a year.
The funds from the Rotary Club of White Rock went directly to the purchase of uniforms for the children and many, many books. A Montessori teacher from Surrey BC named Joyce Collicutt also came to Ecuador to develop the educational curriculum for the students. Patricio tells us that Joyce was an integral part of the development of this school.
After this uplifting experience we we treated to a Guayaquil city tour complete with tour guide. Angel Yunda Torres spoke great English and was the top of his class at the local sch
ool of languages. Angel brought us to many monuements and sights and did a terrific job outlining the history of Ecuador´s port city. From churches and hotels to the famed Malecon we grew more impressed with this great metropolis. Highlights of the tour included the Iguana park, a fenced squared reserve where people, pigeons and 400 iguanas shared the space which led to the great cathedreal of San Francisco. Following the city tour we went to the Guayaquil Historic Park which was both an animal reserve and the site of the original Malecon (boardwalk) featuring buildings from the early 1900s. In the animal reserve we saw many fascinating species including spider monkeys, tapirs, crocodiles, green macaws, foxes, deer, sloths and many more!