A Canadian Family Traveling & Living Abroad (in Ecuador)

A Blog for Kids Living Abroad: CultureSponge.com

We are very happy to introduce you to our daughters blog: Culture Sponge. It’s about travel and life abroad.

Drew has been sharing some of her experiences living abroad here on GringosAbroad (in the Kids Abroad Series) and now she has started her own blog! She is excited to share her views about travel and life in Ecuador with the world.

Moving abroad has been a wonderful experience for our family. We’ve learned a lot and have been challenged in ways that we had never really thought of before. When we moved 4 years ago we could not even find one blog about life in Ecuador from the viewpoint of a young family… so we created our own. Drew is hoping to help others get a better feel for what expat life is like from a child/young persons perspective.


A screenshot of CultureSponge (for kids living abroad)

Why “Culture Sponge”?

Culture Sponge: a child that travels or lives abroad.

They soak things up fast and deep like a sponge thirsty for water. We have seen this with Drew. She was plopped, like a thirsty little 8-year-old sponge into a new culture with a new language. She has quickly taken on aspects of the culture as part of who she is.

She has expressions and body language that she never would have had living in Canada. The way of life here has opened her mind, it has been amazing to see her soak it all up!

Culture Sponge Logo

Culture Sponge Logo

More and more families are becoming interested in extended travel with their children and in moving their families abroad. We think that Drew’s blog will be a great resource for these families and their friends.

When people can see things through the eyes of a child/young person it can go a long way in calming fears and shedding light on how to deal with challenges. It can also help open up the world to children that would like to learn more about different cultures.

>> Visit Culture Sponge <<

Some recent posts on CultureSponge:

Please Join Drew at Culture Sponge

We are proud of Drew as she works on sharing her story. We hope that you will be a part of her journey as well.

Please enjoy Culture Sponge and sign up for her weekly newsletter.

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Dena is a writer, artist, expat and mom. She enjoys being cozied away in one of her favorite cafes, sipping coffee and spending time with her family. She writes for one of the world’s top websites (About.com), home-schools her daughter and blogs about life abroad (GringosAbroad.com). Connect with Dena on Google+ or LinkedIn

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  • Stephanie March 9, 2014, 11:38 am

    Hello. I am considering moving to Ecuador with my parents, husband and 2 children (ages 2 and 4). I am wondering if there are group sports and activities for children. I am not sure where in Ecuador we would be moving but we want a few acres to grow alot of food and have a few chickens and goats. Our biggest reservation about leaving the US is wanting our kids to experience life, be able to play sports and engage with other children. Also, I am curoius about schooling/homeschooling options (like group home schooling, etc).

  • Victoria Miller March 12, 2013, 2:03 pm

    hi! on seconds thoughts… it might be better to leave the DRa name out of the previous post. I don’t want here to have any trouble. (Not do I want to have any trouble!) I can send the contact names to whomever needs them on a private message. thanks!


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We are a Canadian family of 3 living in Ecuador since 2009. If this is your first visit, start here. We blog about life and travel in Ecuador. Interested to work with us? Read more about Bryan & Dena

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