St. Augustine’s took our first Alternative Spring Break trip to Ecuador in 1998 and opened a school named Escuela Ann Stevens in the town of San Eduardo in 1999. Since then, we have financed the operations of the school through sponsorships and have continued to make an annual trip every spring to help with capital improvement projects and operation of a medical clinic. Around 3 years ago, we raised money and contracted to have a well dug to provide clean water to the community of San Eduardo. In 2009, we began offering wellness classes, with the 2011 trip's emphasis being on STAYING WELL.
The following movie, "History of Escuela Ann Stevens", was made in 2007 and does a good job of telling the story of the school's inception.
Registration for the Spring 2013 Pilgrimage to Ecuador
If you've ever wanted to join us on the annual alternative spring break pilgrimage to the Escuela Anne Stevens in San Eduardo, Ecuador, registration is live and open until Oct. 12th. You can find the registration form here. We hope to make final decisions and let everyone know by Oct 17th. There will be a mandatory meeting for all participants on Oct. 24th at 6:30 in the A-frame after church. The 2013 trip dates are March 2-10. The cost will be $1250-$1450, depending on flights and hotels, plus the price of your vaccinations.
Sponsor a child at Escuela Ann Stevens
Resolve to sponsor a child at Escuela Ann Stevens for the 2012-2013 school year! Your $30/month donation ($300/year) goes to pay the salary, retirement contribution, and health care benefits for the six full time teachers at Escuela Anne Stevens in San Eduardo, Ecuador. In addition, it helps purchase supplies for the school. The annual budget for Escuela Ann Stevens is approximately $32,000 which means we need 85-90 sponsors to meet our commitment for 2012-13. If you would like to sponsor one or more children, please send an email to Allen Karns at . Checks are payable to "CCJ-Ecuador" with "sponsorship" written in the For: line. Thanks for your support.
Items Needed for the 2013 Trip
Teething rings, infant nasal bulb suction, oral rehydration solution packets, medicine droppers, kids’ toothbrushes, rubber infant spoons, bibs, bottles, brushes, Nystatin ointment for babies, A & D ointment diaper cream, rattles, and children’s band aids. Mini hand sanitizers, travel size soaps, a few bottles of MOM (milk of magnesia) or Miralax, Tums, 10-15 bottles Selsun blue shampoo, and small bottles of hypoallergenic lotion/cream for people with eczema.
To donate items or money, please contact Allen Karns at
Pill Popping Party at the A Frame: next date TBA
If you haven't done this before, here's the scoop: we'll be taking medications from either bulk packages or from small, annoying, environmentally-unfriendly sample packets and repackaging them into standard prescription sizes, usually while sharing snacks, silliness, and/or sarcasm. If you can count to 30, you're qualified for this job!