Ecuador exchange is chance for schools

Jackie Jimenez-Little, Equadorian president Rafael Correa and Roberto Jimenez NNL-150316-153329001
Jackie Jimenez-Little, Equadorian president Rafael Correa and Roberto Jimenez NNL-150316-153329001

Students of Spanish in Banbury could enjoy exchange trips to Ecuador if schools accept a new opportunity.

Jackie Jimenez-Little, of Bodicote Chase, Banbury has offered to help set up school exchanges after a recent visit to the country when she was reunited with a college friend, now the Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa.

Mrs Little, who is from the coastal city of Guayaquil, studied economics with Sr Correa, who became a regular visitor to her family home. He left for Belgium while Mrs Little went on to study in California.

They got in contact again after Sr Correa, who became finance minister and is now president, met up again last year with Mrs Jimenez-Little’s father.

“I married a Banbury man and have two children. At first I didn’t believe it was Rafael’s office calling me, but I did when I received his invitation to the presidential palace in the Quito,” she said.

After a luxurious stay and contact restored between the families, Mrs Jimenez-Little felt students from Ecuador and Britain could benefit hugely from exchange visits.

“I have contacts at schools there and would be very happy to help with arrangements,” she said. “Ecuador is small but has amazing tourist value with the Andes, the Amazon, the Galapagos Islands and the Pacific coast.” Contact jackie4life@gmail.com