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Review for The Tandana Foundation, Spring Valley, OH, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

From the first moment of hearing about the Ohio Master Gardeners' trip to Ecuador, I was excited. I love to work outside, gardening and planting, and I love to work collaboratively with others, so I knew it would be a great trip. However, from Day 1 through Day 7, my expectations were exceeded thanks to the awesome organization and knowledge of Tandana staff. Not only did we have the opportunity to plant trees, weed gardens, and plant herbs, every afternoon Tandana staff had planned some outing through which we learned more about Ecuadorian culture. This was not a "visit a museum" experience of the culture. This was IN the communities meeting with people who were seemingly eager to share their lives with us.We learned bits of the language, of the food and cooking, of the music, and got to spend time with families in their homes. We had the opportunity to hike through the Polylepsis Forest that grows next to frailejones... the only place in the world that these two ecosystems exist side-by-side. We had great food and very comfortable accomodations. I really cannot think how this could be better. Thanks to Tandana for creating such a wonderful opportunity for us all!

Role:  Volunteer