Meet the Coordinators
Unique islands, steamy rain forests, rugged mountains and indigenous culture are all part of Ecuador, a small South American country. Ecuador is home to Cotopaxi, the world’s highest active volcano, and the unique Galapagos Islands. Also, the Equator runs through the northern part of the country. Most of the 13.2 million Ecuadorians live in or near big cities such as Quito (the capital) and Guayaquil. These cities are marked by overpopulation, slums and impoverished living conditions and approximately 65% of Ecuadorians live below the poverty line. Spanish and Quechua are two of the major languages spoken in Ecuador. Roman Catholicism is by far the most-followed religion.
Teen Missions in Ecuador began in 1999 and our property is located high in the Andes Mountains, overlooking the city of Latacunga. It is one of most beautiful TMI bases, with a brilliant view of Cotopaxi and a panoramic view of the rugged mountains and gorgeous valleys. The temperature is a bit frigid though, as sweaters and jackets are worn almost all year round.Each year, the base runs a Boot Camp during the summer months. During the rest of the year, the staff take care of the livestock, run retreats on the property and minister to the farmers and people in the surrounding communities.