Work in Guayaquil


Have a look at the potential professional avenues for an expatriate in the fast-evolving  Ecuadorian city known as the Pearl of the pacific.

The city’s context

Quito may hold the title of capital of Ecuador, but Guayaquil certainly does not lack things to boast about. Apart from being Ecuador’s principal port, it is also its commercial and manufacturing center, with more than half of Ecuadorian companies based there, including multi-nationals aplenty. And it is the biggest and most densely populated city, where some 3 million people live – and work. Trade is thus the city’s engine. This means plenty of contact with foreigners, principally from the US, as they are Ecuador’s primary trade partner.

English is an asset

In this context, knowledge of English is an undeniable asset. The demand for English speaking local employees is high, so there is a steady demand for English teachers. While you might get by as a maverick teacher, your living conditions will be better with a diploma (Bachelor’s or Master’s degree) qualifying you to teach in private schools or reputable universities. Positions in these establishments secure stability in more ways than one: aside from better pay, they’re usually accompanied by housing allowance, visa, health insurance.

Tourism : mixing business and leisure

In recent years, Guayaquil has been striving to make the most of its innate advantages:  its situation as a gateway to the Galapagos, its equidistance to the south and north of the continent which makes it an ideal meeting place for international conventions, its year-round Caribbean-style climate. By tapping into these, the authorities mean to develop Guayaquil into a destination of the Light/MICE kind. Its urban infrastructures are being successfully revamped. Another airport is in the works. 49.8% of tourism is already international. Particularly if you’re bilingual, make it your business to check out job offers in tourism in Guayaquil online, or in person if you’re already in town.

Have you got what it takes to be an investor?

If you answered yes, then lucky you! You might feel even luckier upon learning that, in its bid to endear Guayaquil to private foreign investors, incentive laws and guarantees are enforced in the city. Pro Ecuador, the state entity within the Ministry of Foreign Trade in charge of assisting in the promotion of Ecuadorian exports and investments, is actually based in Guayaquil itself. Rather than a public agency, Pro Ecuador endeavors to be more a trading partner constantly maintaining contact with local producers and exporters, as well as with foreign importers and investors interested in doing business with Ecuador. They count over 30 offices abroad.

You can always help

Lastly, in spite of the many positive changes the city has seen and is seeing, demand for volunteers is certainly not lacking in Guayaquil. If you wish to help the city realize its amazing potential, there are plenty of NGOs to pick from.

 Useful links:

International Baccalaureate schools in Ecuador, including in Guayaquil
Opción Empleo
Glass Door
Pro Ecuador’s website
Volunteer organisations in Gayaquil



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