Hello there! I am Angela Vivero-Social Studies, English and Art Teacher, Plastic Artist, and the year 2000 Ecuadorian Figure Skating National Champion. I graduated in Multimedia Design and Communication from The Universidad de Los Hemisferios here in Quito, the capital city of Ecuador. I am passionate about both education and culture, and my students call me Dear Teacher Ange around my city. I am excited to have this chance through GLOMADO to share my country's culture with students from across the world!
Ecuador is truly a magical paradise. Since we have the Andes mountain range crossing right through the country, and close to the Pacific Ocean, we have what we call microclimates. If you travel 20 minutes by car, you will come to a completely different climate. You can literally take a picture of a snow-covered volcano on the beach! Also, we have the most unimaginable shades of green, because we have rain throughout most of the year. You can find the most colorful birds, and the most exotic plants, just by taking a walk.
As an artist, my favorite materials to work with are the materials that responsibly come from nature. Thankfully, Ecuador is a very rich country in material diversity. Since we are a mostly agricultural country, we plant and reap everything we need, especially the crafts materials. We get Cabuya from the Pencos trees, and we get thread from sheep when the heat is too much for them. The examples are endless.
My favorite thing about Ecuador is that there is always something fun to do. We have many festivals, and they are all associated with some form of craft. Each holiday has its own piece of music, a parade, traditional dishes, games, rituals, colors, and forms. There is always culture to be experienced and great times to be had. Whether it be a museum to visit, a dish to try, a festivity to dance in, a costume to celebrate, or a snow-covered volcano to take photos of, there will always be a kind person there to share it with you.