TMI Alum Educates Students About Life In Ecuador

TMI Alum Educates Students About Life In Ecuador

Submitted By Paula Allen


JuliaGrace Walker, who graduated last year from TMI Episcopal, returned April 26 for a daylong series of talks to Upper School Spanish classes about her experiences in Ecuador with a gap-year program, Global Citizen Year. For nine months, Walker lived with a host family in El Cabo, Ecuador, and served an apprenticeship teaching English at a high-school in a neighboring community.

In English and in Spanish, Walker told students about the advantages of a gap or bridge year between high school and college.

“You can become fluent in another language, learn about another culture, help other people and boost your own self-confidence,” she explained.

Through her time in Ecuador, Walker traveled around the South American country, learned a lot about both Spanish and English grammar as a teacher, won second place as queen of a Carnaval float, became skilled in Ecuadoran home cooking, kept a personal blog and published stories online about her international adventures.

After nearly a year away from home, she says, “I feel confident that I can adapt to any new environment, including a college campus.” Next fall, Walker will be a first-year student at Southern Methodist University, where she will study International Relations and Spanish.

Global Citizen is a nonprofit organization that connects students with home stays, training and apprenticeships for a year abroad between high school and college. For more information, visit