Sarah Montross

Sarah is passionate about public health, sports and her doggies. She is involved in her school's global health club and helps coach volleyball to younger girls. Sarah has been a member of the global health club since she was a freshman, and cherishes giving back to those less fortunate. As a coach, she continues to learn the importance of discipline and a strong mentality, and hopes to instill these ideals in the girls she helps out with. Her goals for the year are to become fluent in Spanish, learn more about herself and meet incredible, genuine people who will greatly impact her life. Her favorite quote is "be comfortable with being uncomfortable."


College Ready!

Before departing for Ecuador, I was pretty sure I knew what I wanted to study in college: public health. During high school, I was fortunate enough to discover my passion for learning about inequalities and injustices through a series of classes structured around researching global…

06 May, 2019

Thank You, Ecuador

I have sat down on ten different occasions (literally) to write this blog, so hopefully this time sticks. I’ve been really struggling to put my emotions into words, especially given the fact that we only have 21 days left in our communities with our host…

14 March, 2019

A Day in the Life

I haven’t written a blog in a little over a month, and while I could have written about my new life in Biblián, or my apprenticeship in the *escuela inicial* (daycare) where I work, I really wanted to share with you all a story from…

21 November, 2018


In Ecuador, adios is what you say as a more permanent goodbye. Instead, most of us just say chao, a sort of see you later. But yesterday, I said adios to the family I’ve been staying with for the past month. Truly one of the…

08 October, 2018

My Ecua-Family

I thought I’d designate this blog post to my host family because a short – or long – week ago, I arrived in Guapán, Azogues, Ecuador, where I will be spending the next seven and a half months. Guapán is a small town on the…

15 September, 2018

Two Weeks and Counting…

As I write this, I’m sitting atop the mountains in the southern part of Virginia, looking out at the lush, green valleys and endless, rolling horizon. Knowing I’ll be placed in the mountainous region of Ecuador, I can’t help but think how my view will…

12 August, 2018

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