July 2013

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English students with their final projects.

CEDEI School Hosts Earth Fair

Students have fun with class projects

Above: Eighth grade students Paula Quito and Paula Vintimilla demonstrate their natural beauty product.

CEDEI School held an earth fair on April 27th, part of a “cultural week” that was celebrated from April 22nd to 27th. The students created projects about recycling and reusing materials, as well as the endangered South American spectacled bear and beauty products made from natural ingredients. They presented their projects at the fair along with recent artwork.

Parents visited to see the projects and art. International Teacher Coordinator Lori Wrenn says:

“Learning to be environmental stewards of the Earth is an important component of our school´s philosophy. Our students used the Earth Fair as an opportunity to share their evolving consciousness about our connection with the Earth with parents and visitors. They also presented their activities in English so that parents could see how much language they have aquired.”


Other Cultural Week activities included an Earth Day talk from an environmentalist, students and teachers working together on maintenance of the school’s gardens and plants, and the presentation of the play “A Drop of Water,” about the importance of protecting natural resources. Students also celebrated World Book Day on April 23rd, where they donned pajamas and took part in activities throughout the day such as listening to parents and teachers read stories and independent reading time.

Students have fun with class projects Above: Sixth grade student Brayan Argudo shows how to make recycled paper.

See more photos of the week’s activities here!

Childrens’ English Classes Create Final Projects

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CEDEI’s English program provides students with quality classroom instruction as well as opportunities to apply their learning. All of CEDEI’s classes for children include a project at the end of the ten-week cycle.

Academic Director Elisabeth Rodas says, “The purpose of each project is for the students to put into practice the vocabulary, grammar, etc. that they have been learning in a meaningful way. Students start the project after the midterm and they have to present it as part of a specific grade.” For the last cycle, which ended on June 6th, other projects included creating models of animals in their habitats, and performing a puppet show. The students did a great job and interacted with teachers and each other in English.

Christine Eide’s course (pictured above) cooked breakfast together. They had been learning about cooking verbs, fractions, and sequencers, and applied these concepts in their project. “They did this by creating and writing recipes, presenting their recipes to their classmates, and finally cooking a meal together,” Christine says.

The upper level courses of CEDEI’s English program also include projects, developed in recent years, where students create writing portfolios. Students learn about the writing process and stages of brainstorming, outlining, writing drafts, and peer editing. They work on persuasive writing and research papers, also learning how to properly cite sources.

News in Brief

  • Five professors from Iowa State University visited CEDEI in May. Professor Ruth Litchfield gave a presentation in the Provincial Health Directorate of Azuay on the topic of nutrition education and legislation in the U.S. Professor Nancy Guthrie talked to local students about academics and student life at Iowa State University.
  • An ongoing nutrition project at CEDEI’s elementary school aims to improve the food offering and the nutrition curriculum. We would like to have an intern help with implementation in September. Can you suggest someone?
  • Isis Carbajal, Legal Counsel at Florida International University, visited CEDEI on May 8th to give a talk on how to develop exchange relationships with U.S. universities. The visit was sponsored by the U.S. Consul General and attended by local universities and program providers.
  • CEDEI welcomed back Christian Guzman as Associate Director in the Department of International Programs. Christian was an International Coordinator with CEDEI for two years and is back in Cuenca after completing a Master's degree in Cross-Cultural Communications at the University of Sydney, Australia. Welcome back, Christian!

International Students Travel to Galapagos and Peru

Students in Galapagos

Above: From left, student Liz Eastland, Coordinator María Jose Cevallos, and student Kelsea Leverett on the beach

The spring international students travelled to the Galapagos Islands as part of their program, where they visited the Santa Cruz, Isabela, and Floreana islands.

The group visited sites such as the Sierra Negra volcano, which is the world’s second largest volcanic crater, the active Chico volcano, and the historic Charles Darwin Research Station.

Students learned about the protection and conservation of the wildlife in the Galapagos while observing firsthand the unique flora and fauna and life in the small island villages.

“In Galapagos the students witnessed the natural beauty of the islands and saw why they are a UNESCO World Heritage site,” says International Programs coordinator María Jose Cevallos. “One of the most attractive activities of the trip was the opportunity to experience the marine environment of the islands. Students had the chance to swim with sea lions, turtles, and various endemic fish, and they really enjoyed it.”

Students also had an end-of-semester trip to Peru where they visited Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and the famous site of Machu Picchu.

See more news and photos from our international programs here.


Students in Galapagos

United States Consul General David Lindwall visited CEDEI and talked to international students about US-Ecuador relations and careers in the foreign service.

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Acknowledgements: thanks to the team for writing and creating the newsletter:
Rocío León, Alexis Pesantez, Mike Weber, and Meghan Whalen.
Photo credits: Megan van Roekel, Elisabeth Rodas