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					                                               Ecuador
                                         The Timmy Foundation
                                               Public Trip
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                                          July 18 -26 , 2009

International Programs Coordinator: Matt Leroue
Medical Brigade Coordinator: Paul Shultz

ITINERARY

The Foundation asks that all trip participants maintain a flexible attitude. Flexibility will be
key as schedules do not always run on time.

The Foundation has reserved 30 tickets on Delta Airlines for the Public Trip. You are more than
welcome to purchase your own airfare, however if you are departing from Indianapolis it may be
most convenient to travel with the group. The Foundation has booked the following flight:

Delta Airlines
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Saturday, July 18          Indianapolis to Atlanta Departs: 12:21 pm             Arrives: 1:55 pm
                           Atlanta to Quito        Departs: 5:40 pm              Arrives: 9:55 pm
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Saturday, July 25          Quito to Atlanta        Departs: 11:00 pm             Arrives: 5:30 am
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(Arrives on July 26 )      Atlanta to Indianapolis Departs: 8:30 am              Arrives: 10:08 am
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If you decide to book your own airfare please try to arrive in Quito on Saturday, July 18 . Due to
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the nature of the week, it is important that the group be present on Sunday, July 19 .

PRICING

The price of the brigade includes travel insurance, room and board, and transportation in country.

Trip Price (including airfare): $1,750.00
Trip Price (ground only):       $717.30               (Individual is responsible for their airfare)

To reserve a spot on the trip, one should submit a $200.00 deposit accompanied by the required
Volunteer Information Form and Trip Waiver. Spots are limited.

Saturday
Depart for Quito, Ecuador

Upon arrival, we will be met by Quito Eterno staff and our Medical Brigade Coordinator and taken
to our guesthouse, a 30-minute drive from Mariscal Sucre International Airport. The Centro de
Espiritualidad (literally, Spirituality Center, but we will just call it the Centro) will host our group for
the week.

Emergency Contact info:
   Guesthouse in Quito: Centro de Espiritualidad, Avenida Rumichaca No. 100 y Av Moro
      (junto al estadio del Aucas) Telephone: 011 593 2 284 0059 . Do not expect whoever
      answers to speak English.
   Paul Shultz, The Timmy Foundation Medical Brigade Coordinator from Quito. Paul
      speaks Spanish and English. His cell phone number is: 011 (593) 8408-9689. Please
      only call in case of emergencies.
   Pablo Boada, Quito Eterno employee who helps facilitate during the week. His cell
      phone number is: 011 (593-9) 627-5986
       Paco Vazquez, Quito Eterno employee who helps facilitate during the week. His cell
        phone number is: 011 (593-9) 627-5980
       Timmy Foundation Headquarters in Indianapolis: Adam Clevenger 317-920-1822.

Monday, Tuesday & Thursday, Friday
Clinic Work in Quito Sur, organized by the Tierra Nueva Foundation
 www.fundaciontierranueva.org
Immediately following breakfast at 7am each morning, we will split up into two teams and then
drive to different work sites in Southern Quito. Trip leaders will assign teams the night before.
Tierra Nueva has a ‘clinica movil’, or mobile clinic operated out of a converted semi, and our
clinics will serve as an extension of this outreach to medically-underserved communities of South
Quito.

Lunches will be served at the various work sites (a la brown bag), while dinner will be served
back at the Centro. Translators will accompany each team. While medical professionals will be
screening patients, non-medically trained volunteers will be working in a variety of areas (triage,
pharmacy, deworming and fluoride stations, crowd control, etc.) The Timmy Foundation asks
that participants do not distribute anything other than medication & hygiene kits (Timmy
sanctioned items) when conducting a medical brigade.

The work hours of the two teams will differ day to day, but we will strive to offer several free hours
each evening for preparing supplies for the next clinic day, for exploring the cultural riches of the
colonial city, group reflection sessions, etc. All teams will plan to return to the Centro by late
afternoon / early evening. During your week in Quito, many cultural activities will be prepared for
the group by Quito Eterno, including a tour of colonial Quito, dinner at an Ecuadorian restaurant,
an Andean folk dance show, and Latin dance lessons. These are provided at no additional cost.
We also plan on offering a time for group discussion/reflection at various times in the week, as a
means to process the day's activities. The dates and times of these reflections will be announced
at your welcome meeting.

Wednesday
Wednesday will be spent learning about Ecuador, the issues surrounding it, and The Timmy
Foundation’s partner organization, Tierra Nueva. Participants will receive tours of Tierra Nueva
and sit down with staff and community leaders to have a better understanding of those they
serve.

Saturday
Departure for Indianapolis

WHAT TO EXPECT
The first requirements for any volunteer experience are a positive and flexible attitude, a sense of
adventure, and a sense of humor. If you are on your first trip to a developing nation you must
keep in mind that things do not always work as we are accustomed to, nor as we expect them to.
Should inconveniences occur, understanding is always greatly appreciated. The Quito Eterno,
Tierra Nueva and Timmy Foundation volunteers will do everything within their capability to
remedy the situation as soon as possible.

LUGGAGE
Baggage allowance on the airlines is limited to two (2) pieces of checked luggage and one (1)
carry-on. The checked pieces may have a maximum weight of 50 pounds each and a maximum
linear dimension of 62” each (with 62” being the total of the length, width and depth of the bag).
The carry-on piece cannot exceed 40 pounds and must be no larger than 9” x 14” x 22”.
Please carry essentials (eyeglasses, medicine, camera, film, passport, and other valuables) in
your carry-on bag rather than in your checked luggage. Any film left in your checked luggage will
be destroyed by the powerful x-ray machines now in use in most airports. Remember to pack a
change of clothes and your toiletries in your carry-on in case of lost luggage.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Foundation asks your cooperation in packing your personal
clothing and travel items in one (1) of your checked pieces at 50 lbs. plus the carry-on
piece. Your additional 50 lb. bag is needed for trip supplies and donations. On the day
before our trip we will meet again in order to organize/pack supplies. We will ask that each
person bring an empty, large suitcase or duffle on this day.

RECOMMENDED DONATIONS
The Timmy Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) public charity and donations are tax deductible to
the extent permitted by law.
1. Prescription medicines (our medical professionals will be collecting the prescription meds but
any contacts will be appreciated!)
2. Over the Counter meds (pediatric and adult cough and cold meds, aspirin, ibuprofen, stomach
meds, etc.) Pediatric chewable vitamins, adult vitamins are always needed.
3. Hygiene supplies (soap, shampoo, combs, tooth brushes, toothpaste, lotion, etc.) and Wound
Care (bandaids, gauze, dressings, antibiotic ointment, etc.)
4. Crowd control supplies (bubbles, crayons)

The Timmy Foundation believes in responsible gift giving. Please only distribute medicine and
hygiene supplies via the pharmacy while on the brigade.

STAYING HEALTHY
No vaccinations are currently required for entry to Ecuador. However, we strongly suggest that
you consult your physician for advice on any recommended vaccines or special precautions
whenever traveling outside the United States. To have the most benefit, visit a health care
provider 4-6 weeks prior to your trip so the vaccines or medicine for malaria will have time to take
effect. It is always recommended to be up to date on your tetanus vaccine as well as to consider
Hepatitis A & B vaccines when traveling to foreign lands where you will be in close contact with
local citizens. This is especially true when working with a medical team. Please do not go
barefoot at any time in Quito so as to avoid parasites. In case of skin irritation or stomach trouble,
please alert one of the Timmy doctors right away. Travelers can also check the latest health
information with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta
www.cdc.gov/travel/tropsam.htm.

You may also contact:

Jeffrey G. Jones, MD, MPH. His specialty is travel medicine.
St. Francis Occupational Health Center,
4770 S. Emerson, Suite A
 Indianapolis, IN 46203.
Phone : 317-788-9887. Fax : 317-783-8012.
E-mail : jjones3054@aol.com.

Dr. Jones is extremely helpful and willing to answer any question you might have.

ADJUSTING TO THE ALTITUDE
Some people will find that they need 2-3 days to adjust to the higher elevations found in Quito.
Our advice to help you acclimate better includes:
        Take it easy your first days. Walk slowly and use your free time to relax. Take a nap
            in the afternoon (it is normal to feel sleepy or tired at this elevation).
        Drink as much water and non-alcoholic fluids as possible.
        Eat lightly. Higher altitudes slow down your digestion so soups, salads, rice and
            similar items are recommended in the beginning.
           Common symptoms indicating mild altitude illness include: headaches, dizziness,
            lack of appetite, general malaise and shortness of breath. In and of themselves,
            these signs are not cause for concern, but they should be noted.

ACCOMMODATIONS
While in Ecuador, we will be staying at the Centro de Espiritualidad. This retreat facility run by
Tierra Nueva can house up to 60 people. It is located in South Quito near the TN Instituto
Medico. The sleeping quarters are situated in a group of buildings in a small, urban, walled in
campus. Each building has 4 bedrooms, each with three twin beds, an armoire and a nightstand.
Bedding is provided (sheets, pillow cases and 1 heavy blanket). There are two bathrooms per
building, with a shower in each. Bring your own towel. Hot water is unpredictable. Please take
short showers, out of respect to those in the group who must shower after you.

Meals are provided at the facility. They are prepared by the caretaker and his staff. Expect the
meals to be hearty. Almost always rice and soup will be served with the main meal. Meals are
served in the dining room in the main building, which also contains a conference room and a
chapel. We can accommodate most dietary restrictions if we are notified in advance. Please
include these on your pretrip Volunteer Information Form.

There is a city park behind the Centro, so you may want to bring a soccer ball and/or volleyball for
a game during our stay. Next door is a coop craft center run by another nonprofit. They have
many items by local artist available at reasonable prices.

PHONING HOME
Early in the week, we will be able to take you to the phone company where you can call home for
a reasonable price. You will most likely not be able to call home on the night you arrive in
Ecuador. You will be able to call home at some point but prepare your family in advance that you
will not have many opportunities to call home.

WATER
Don’t drink the tap water in Ecuador! Bottled water is readily available and inexpensive. Avoid
ice in all of your drinks and use bottled water for brushing your teeth. Eat only well cooked foods
that are served hot to the touch and vegetables or fruits that have been pre-cooked or that you
can peel yourself. Also, make certain that your fruit juices are made with boiled or bottled water
or that no water is added. At the Centro, the meals will be prepared especially for our ‘delicate’
stomachs and water is available in culligan-type coolers. Please bring a nalgene or similar water
bottle to refill each morning.

MEALS
All meals are included. Breakfasts and dinners will be served in the Centro. Lunches will be
packed by Quito Eterno each morning before we leave. Bringing some snacks (power bars, nuts,
dried fruit, chocolate, etc) daily to your work site is highly recommended, in order to maintain
energy throughout the long work days. Meals during airport layovers are your responsibility.

CLOTHING
Although Quito is located at the Equator, due to the high altitude, days could range from quite
warm to quite cool. By dressing in layers, you can be prepared for both. It is recommended that
you bring a heavy sweater or light to medium weight jacket for cool evenings. The sun is very,
very strong in Ecuador, so protective, lightweight, comfortable clothing is recommended for the
daytime. Pants, longer skirts or scrubs are recommended for daily clinic wear. (Please do not
bring shorts or tank tops to work in.) You may wear shorts outside of the clinic, though you will
see no local adults wearing shorts. It is recommended that you bring a nicer outfit or two for a
church service and the trip to the folkloric ballet. Bring/wear as little jewelry as possible, and
please leave ipods and other unnecessary technology at home. At the end of the week, you
may donate your clothes to Tierra Nueva, which will wash them and distribute them to those in
need.

SOME RECOMMENDED THINGS TO PACK:
       Sunglasses and a hat to protect from the strong sun
       Camera, extra batteries, and plenty of film or digital camera with extra cards
       Comfortable walking/working/hiking shoes
       Jacket, sweater, and/or sweatshirt for cool early mornings and nights
       Warm pajamas for cold evenings
       Traveler’s pouch to carry cash and passport
       Waist pack and/or backpack to carry personal items to work sites
       Durable water bottle ('Nalgene') to refill each morning (it is nice to have 2- 1 liter bottles)
       Flip-flops ....for that cold bathroom floor
       Travel alarm clock and journal
       Towel, washcloth, soap, shampoo, toothbrush, etc
       Sunscreen...and maybe some aloe for sunburns
       Bug Spray (Just in case. Normally bugs are not a problem at this altitude, unless you’re
        at Amaguana Special Needs School.)
       Snacks (granola bars, chocolate, etc.)
             o Please be sure to pack snacks in Ziploc bags to keep the ants out
       Rain poncho and/or small travel umbrella
       Pre-moistened cloths ("Wash & Dry", "Wet Ones") and/or antibacterial gel
       Ample supply of any prescription medications plus OTC medicines for allergies, upset
        stomach/ intestinal sickness, etc.
       Spending money for souvenirs, drinks and snacks, airport meals, etc.
       Clothes hangers, a few to use and leave at week’s end

THINGS TO LEAVE AT HOME:

       iPods, MP3 players
       Large sums of money
       Jewelry
       Gifts for clinics (i.e. toys or candy - we do not give these out at our clinics)

ELECTRICITY
110V, 60Hz (same as USA)
MONEY & TIPPING
Currency: US dollar (coins are Ecuadorian)
Costs in Ecuador are very inexpensive, as compared to the US. We do not recommend bringing
traveler's checks, rather, bring plenty of small bills (ones, fives and tens) as change is often a
problem. Major credit cards are accepted at stores in tourist areas. Although they exist, ATM’s
can be very unreliable. Bargaining is accepted and expected at craft markets. Elsewhere, if you
are not sure, try asking for a descuento (discount) - these are often available in tourist places.
At the end of our week in Quito, we will pass the ‘hat’ for the Centro staff, the Quito Eterno team
and our bus driver. Please save a bit of money for these 3 tip envelopes.

GENERAL INFORMATION
Registration with the Department of State
Travel registration is a free service provided by the U.S. Government to U.S. citizens who are
traveling to, or living in a foreign country. Registration allows you to record information about
your upcoming trip abroad that the Department of State can use to assist you in case of an
emergency. Americans residing abroad can also get routine information from the nearest U.S.
embassy or consulate. To register please visit: www.travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui/
Reservations and Cancellations
If you must cancel after airline tickets have already been purchased, we will do our best to find a
replacement and change the name on the ticket. If a substitute cannot be found you will be
responsible for the ticket price.

Travel Documents
A valid passport is required of all persons traveling to Guatemala. Failure to carry proper proof of
citizenship will lead to denial of entry to aircraft or a foreign country. Please make sure your
passport does not expire within 90 days of your entry to Guatemala. Non-U.S. citizens should
contact our office regarding any additional documents that may be required.

Medications
Personal prescription medication should be carried in your purse or carry-on luggage. Never
pack in luggage that is to be checked through to your destination.

U.S. Customs Regulations
Each United States resident is eligible for $800.00 duty-free exemption if he has been out of the
United States for at least 48 hours. This allowance may include one U.S. quart (32 oz.) of liquor
per adult. In addition to the exemption, gifts may be mailed home to a friend or relative limited to
$25.00 per day and not to include more than one ounce of perfume. Antiquities and products
made from endangered animals such as alligator shoes, items made from whalebone, tortoise
shell and some furs, cannot be brought into the United States.
If you must cancel after airline tickets have already been purchased, you must do your best to
find a replacement and change the name on the ticket. If a substitute cannot be found you will be
responsible for the ticket price.

Travel Documents
A valid passport is required of all persons traveling to Ecuador. Failure to carry proper proof of
citizenship will lead to denial of entry to aircraft or a foreign country. Please make sure your
passport does not expire within 90 days of your entry to Ecuador. The Timmy Foundation is not
responsible for the travel paperwork for any participant nor does it work to procure paperwork for
non-U.S. internationals.

Medications
Personal prescription medication should be carried in your purse or carry-on luggage. Never
pack in luggage that is to be checked through to your destination.

U.S. Customs Regulations
Each United States resident is eligible for $800.00 duty-free exemption if he has been out of the
United States for at least 48 hours. This allowance may include one U.S. quart (32 oz.) of liquor
per adult. In addition to the exemption, gifts may be mailed home to a friend or relative limited to
$25.00 per day and not to include more than one ounce of perfume. Antiquities and products
made from endangered animals such as alligator shoes, items made from whalebone, tortoise
shell and some furs, cannot be brought into the United States.

Included in the Trip Price:
     Roundtrip Commercial Air Transportation
     Accommodations at the Centro de Espiritualidad
     Volunteer activities and local transportation
     Health, accident and cancellation insurance
     Leisure/culture activities
     All meals (except those at the airports)

Items Not Included in Trip Price:
    Passport fees
    Quito airport departure tax of $42 person
       Items of a personal nature

DESTINATION ECUADOR
Full country name: Republic of Ecuador
Area: 283,520 sq km
Population: 13.8 million
People: 65% mestizo, 25% Indian, 7% Spanish descent, 3% African descent
Language: Quechua, Spanish
Religion: Over 95% Roman Catholic, small minority of other Christian denominations
Government: Republic
Head of State: President Rafael CORREA Delgado
GDP: US$61.52 billion
GDP per capita: US$4,500
Inflation: 3.4%
Major Industries: Oil, bananas, shrimp, fish, coffee, textiles, metal work, paper products, wood
products, chemicals, plastics, fishing, lumber
Major Trading Partners: US, Latin America, EU, Asia, Caribbean
Time Zone: GMT/UTC -5
Dialling Code: 593
Electricity: 120V ,60Hz (same as U.S.)

For more info, check out
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/destinations/south_america/ecuador_and_the_galapagos_islands/

				
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