Dena Muething

Dena is passionate about living life to the fullest and is a strong believer in the power of happiness and love through laughter and smiles. She is also passionate about environmental conservation and marine biology. She is involved in colorguard and marching band at her high school. She loves hiking, the outdoors, as well as traveling to new places. Her goals for the year are to become fluent in Spanish and to gain everlasting connections and friendships with her cohort, host family, and whoever else she may meet along her journey. Her favorite quote is, "Do what you feel in your heart to be right for you'll be criticized anyways." -Eleanor Roosevelt


Looking Back

I worked hard to compile my 7 months living in Ecuador into just a 7 minute video. I experienced and went through so much more and past the highlights and what is shown. And as a disclaimer, this video is representative of my experience in Ecuador in the small rural town I lived in the…

20 May, 2019

19 things I already miss about Ecuador

I started writing this during my last week in my host community and it was going to be called “things I am going to miss about Ecuador”. But I realized, sometimes you don’t know what you’re going to miss until it’s gone. So I stopped and waited till I got settled in my home in…

26 April, 2019

Coming Close To An End

I have a lot of mixed feelings at this point in my gap year and I’ve been trying not to think about the small amount of time left here. I have less than 60 days left in Ecuador, about 50 days left with my host family in Bella Union , and less than 30 days…

16 February, 2019

Bella Unión y Mi Familia SanMartin!

In my last blog post, I talked a little about my host family and the community that I’m living in. I’m a little over halfway done with my year in Ecuador and I wanted to give you all a glimpse into my little rural town, Bella Unión, and my absolutely amazing host family. Enjoy this…

09 January, 2019

Getting Grounded.

I’ve officially been in Ecuador for a whole month and it’s been full of lots of crying, lots of laughter, lots of connections, and a lot of unknowns. Sunday, August 26th, everyone arrived at Stanford University in California as we begun preparation for our next year in country. The first week at Stanford was full…

30 September, 2018

Pre-departure Questions!

I depart for Global Launch and an incredible journey tomorrow morning. I am overwhelmed as I prepare myself physically , mentally and emotionally for what’s to come over the next 7 months. In the past year, since I have announced my decision to travel to Ecuador with Global Citizen Year, I have been bombarded with…

26 August, 2018

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