Regina Markert

Hailing from Minneapolis, MN, Reina is passionate about Spanish and working with little kids. She's in a marimba band and loves to teach alpine skiing and knitting. Her favorite TV show is The Office and her favorite book is Pride and Prejudice. Her goals for this year are to build her language and people skills and to make lifelong friendships!


El Blogo Final

It feels surreal to think that this may very well be my last blog post on the GCY website. This year has been a lot of things, but it has also been fulfilling in ways that I did not anticipate it to be. I have grown mentally, physically (shoutout to rice), spiritually, and intellectually. As…

08 June, 2018

Some Do’s and Don’t’s for Future Fellows

Dear Class of 2019, Boy, are you in for it. You don't even know. This year is going to be wild–be prepared for your host country to surprise, excite, anger, shock, and change you. But before you go on this journey, here’s a little list of do’s and don’t’s that I wish someone had told…

07 June, 2018

No Such Thing as Over-Romanticism

My days here are numbered. I don’t have a penchant for drama without irony, but I can’t help but feel the clock tick and the sun setting on my time here in Ecuador. I love a good sunset (who doesn’t), and my atardecer here is burning brighter than ever. As I reflect on the past…

18 February, 2018

Ecuadorian Card Games

My American family visited me in December. It’s hard to put into words just how excited I was to see them after four long months, but along with my excitement came anxiety about them meeting my Ecuadorian family. My mother and brother have beginner/intermediate Spanish, while my dad can just about only say “hola” and…

23 January, 2018

Your Unofficial Guide to Cracking Walnuts*

Your Unofficial Guide to Cracking Walnuts* *Gringa Edition Your family is going to say a word to you that you don’t know (actually, several) and hold up a burnt little black ball. You will flounder and call it a chestnut and say you roast and eat these at Christmas time, but when they look at…

24 October, 2017

Blogo Numero Dos: The First Month

Full disclosure: my first official blog of the program has now been deleted, rewritten, deleted again, rewritten a few more times, and now graphed haphazardly. In the interest of full honesty, I would like to include bits of what I’ve written to show the full scope of my time and subsequent emotions. However, I’m afraid…

15 September, 2017

Blogo Numero Uno

It feels surreal that after months of reading other Fellows' blogs, my very own is going up on the website. I could post about how nervous and excited I am for eight months in Ecuador, but I've been feeling like a broken record since April. For my first blog entry, I think I'm going to…

02 August, 2017

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