My name is Ella Wegman-Lawless. I have been raised to be who I want to be. I try to live in the moment and seize any opportunity put in front of me and make the most of it. I love to swim, bike and hike. I am social but I also love to find the time to go for a walk in the woods and be in nature by myself.
I love to act and practice circus arts. I also have a deep passion for food and where and how it is produced. When I have my own house there will be a small farm right next to it where I can produce most of the food I will ever need. While participating in Global Citizen Year I hope to be placed in an apprenticeship on an organic farm. I love being able to put my hands in the dirt and experience everything with gusto at full force. It is because of this mentality that I am choosing to participate in Global Citizen Year.
I can’t wait experience the Ecuadorian culture and language first hand. I love to speak Spanish and hope to be fluent by the time that my Global Citizen Year is over. My love for the Spanish language and traveling began my junior year in high school when my Spanish class went to Guatemala for three weeks on a service-learning trip. Ever since that excursion I have wanted to travel more to improve my Spanish. I hope that Global Citizen Year will give me the opportunity to combine two of my passions, speaking Spanish and agriculture.
I am very appreciative for this opportunity to do what I love. I am grateful for everyone who has helped guide me, teach me and inspire me in my journey and I am grateful in advance for all those I will meet in Ecuador.