Margaret Clemente ’13, a sociology major and criminology minor from Wallingford, CT, did a Center for International Studies internship in Ecuador in spring 2013. Eastern’s Study Abroad Office assisted her in her placement. Margaret volunteered for United to Benefit Ecuadorian Children International located in Quito. “My focus in school has always been social service. I did some research, and found out how badly Ecuador suffers from poverty. That is all that mattered to me. Living in Ecuador for two months was like living in a different world and I loved it. At times the language barrier was difficult, but I loved being forced to learn another language. I took 40 hours of Spanish while there, which definitely helped me. While in Ecuador I was able to visit the Amazon jungle, three different active volcanoes, the Andes Mountains, and lots and lots of waterfalls. I was also able to go zip lining through the Andes Mountains and rappelled from waterfalls. I also went whitewater rafting.”


“When students explore the world they are also exploring themselves, finding out exactly what they want out of life. I hope to be accepted to the Peace Corps. Eventually I want to work in the area of social service. I would like to be a correctional counselor for juveniles and start from there.”


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