Bienvenido – Welcome

Back in 2012, we went on a three-month backpacking trip to South America. We started by volunteering for a month in Peru and then spent the next two months making our way down to Bolivia, Argentina and Chile. Thus began our fascination with this beautiful continent.

Two years later, we thought it was time to pay a second visit. But this time for longer.  At the beginning of 2014, we made the decision to  up sticks from England to Ecuador. We began saving, researching and planning, and eventually, on 27th September 2014, we flew out from London to Ecuador. 

We started our journey in a small beach town in Ecuador called Montañita. Here, we spent five weeks training to become English teachers on the CELTA course and settling into the Ecuadorian way of life.

Once we had our Cambridge certificate to teach English, we were qualified to teach English anywhere in the world. We decided to stay in the beautiful country of Ecuador and we quickly found a teaching job in Zamora, a small town on the edge of the rain forest in the southeast of the country. We stayed at the English Institute in Zamora until February 2015. It was a great experience, but felt we needed a bit more of a challenge in a more exciting lively city.

After a two-week incredible trip to the Galapagos Islands, we waved goodbye to Ecuador, and made our way south to Argentina. We arrived in Salta, Argentina on the 25th February 2015. We are now living  in a lovely flat in the centre of the city, teaching English at a great institute and enjoying our new life here.

Here, I will record and share our experiences of planning our move to South America, training on a CELTA course and finding jobs, as well as writing about the places and people we meet along the way. I hope that you might find my website  helpful, interesting, and perhaps inspiring, if you are considering your own mini adventure.

If you have any feedback or questions, please feel free to leave a comment below.

Thanks for stopping by! 

The Mini Explorer 🙂

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What an adventure! – 5 day hike to Machu Pichu, Peru.

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