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- Living in Ecuador
- Being an Expat in Ecuador
- Moving to Ecuador – How to
Ecuador is a beautiful country full of interesting places to visit and beautiful mountain scenery. The people are friendly, the cost of living is reasonable and the weather is spring like most of the year. Ecuador is a very good option if you have decided to live in another country. For sure, you will have many questions. With this article I want to soften your uncertainty with tips and references to make the transition easier. Consider it as a help for future expats.
Depending on your preference for a type of weather, altitude, landscape, urban or rural life (you’ll find it all in Ecuador), you’ll also have to consider whether you’d like to stay among fellow countrymen or whether you think you can adapt to the local culture and customs.
Quito is an excellent option if you like living in a big city, with many activities and health care close by. The option to meet other «Gringos» and the many organizations will facilitate the integration. A bonus is that there are many restaurants, supermarkets, shopping malls, etc. so you can better cope with the homesickness of old habits. How to be an expatriate in Ecuador? Meet Ecuador’s Expat Community and American Expats in Ecuador and enjoy your new country.
If you don’t manage Spanish yet, learn it! Integration into the local community will be so much easier and many «inconveniences» can be avoided. Language learning is a must in my opinion. There are many language schools where, in a short time, can get the basics. Near to our serviced apartments «Old Town Quito Suites» for example you have «Ailola Quito Spanish School» and «Spanish Classes in Quito».
If you are single, opt first for a few weeks in Quito to get adjusted, improve your language skills. Select a safe rental apartment in a convivial environment. If your host speaks fluently English and is available to give you some tips, all the better.
It is up to you to decide in function of your character or your desire to go head over heels. But! A few thinks to explore or get done first:
If you have your income on retirement, or investment, check out the retirement and investment Ecuador visa options. If you have to make a living still, check out the different websites: How to work in Ecuador as an expat or Working abroad. Nowadays it’s also easier to work «virtually» if your company provides this or provide «online» courses. Depending on your education or expertise, you can also easily set up a company or a consulting agency here. Here, a high demand exist for good training and advice.