The Saratoga Sun -

By Liz Wood 

Students preparing for culture shock

Encampment students planning Ecuador trip to volunteer in orphanages


Liz Wood

Encampment students, left to right, Karie Russell, McKenzie Powell, Tylr Kozelisky and Brett Ralston are raising money for a trip to Ecuador with their Spanish teacher Toby Ricks, far right.

Four Encampment students are preparing to embark on a life-changing trip. Karie Russell, Tylr Kozelisky, Brett Ralston and McKenzie Powell plan to travel to Ecuador and volunteer at an orphanage.

But first, they have to raise more than $11,000 for the trip. So far, they have raised $2,000 through raffles and fundraising and this month they are contacting local businesses and have opened an account on

The idea came from Encampment Spanish teacher Toby Ricks, who served a mission in Ecuador. That mission led him to become a Spanish teacher.

The students know they are going to b...

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