New members of the Ecuador forum, introduce yourselves here - 2019

Hi all,

Newbie on the Ecuador forum? Don't know how to start?

This thread is for you ;)

We invite you to introduce yourself on this topic, to share with us your expat story if you are already living in the country,
or to tell us more on your expat projects in Ecuador if you are planning to move there.

It will enable us to help you better but above all to wish you a warm welcome.

Welcome on board!

Hi Everyone

I am new to the forum and wanted to say hi. We are moving to Quito in June with my Job and we are so excited to be joining you all!

We have lots to sort out including where to to live and my husbands job (he’s an industry accountant) and would really appreciate any advice you have!

Michelle 😊

Hi, I'm Brett and I'm planning to retire in Ecuador in about 1 1/2 years. I'm 66 and work as a RN in Globe, AZ USA. I love the coastal areas and I'm in the Playas area for another week until March 1. Thanks

Hello, My name is Vincent and at the moment finally planning on my 1st visit to Cuenca in early August.  After researching the possiblities of relocating there for several years it time to make a commitment which is the main purpose of my August trip.  As a retired senior is the paperwork, etc. that's required to eventually make the move possible for 1 person such as myself to accomplish?  Is there someone I can contact while I'm there who can assist me in the process for a resonable fee?  Thanks to anyone's advice and assistance and look forward to my trip.

Hi Brettm, Victor here. We live in PHX and also have a house in Playas on the beach down towards the Mall. If looking for more info give me a call when you get back to AZ. Enjoy Playas:-)

Hello everybody!
I have moved to Ecuador very recently and it’s been three weeks since I am in Quito.
I am an Iranian National and have been working/ living i. Different countries for the past 13 years.
I am liking it here despite the fact that I can not freely walk out or have a safe and secured travels in a way I had in other countries!

Enjoy Carnival holidays!

Hello! My name is Eileen and I am 45 years old, living in Arkansas, USA. My expat retirement is in the early planning stages, as I still have children in school. We are anticipating a 10-15 year time period before we are ready to move. Ecuador is at the top of my list for various reasons, including healthcare, cost of living, climate, etc.

My husband and I plan to make a few travel excursions between now and then to find the right country/location for us. I speak fluent Spanish, my husband does not (yet!). We are trying to determine the best way to save (we are low income) so that we have adequate savings prior to moving and perhaps some form of income generating activity (currently, we resell online, and I am not sure if that will carry well into another country). I am able to work for meager pay writing online as well.

I am excited to explore these forums to learn as much as I can so we make the right decisions for our retirement!

Hello everybody!

I  want to work and live in Ecuador.

I am a Nepali National and have been working/ living in Nepal now.

Parashuram Poudel

I have finished registration this morning, have a Passport that expired 12-16-2013, and need to renew that first.  I am located presently in Pembroke Pines, FL and am looking to go to either Ecuador or Panama (per recommendation of a seasoned International Traveling friend).  Plan on accomplishing this in the next 60 days for permanent stay.

I can use all the help and advice you can give.

Lionheart23031 :

I have finished registration this morning, have a Passport that expired 12-16-2013, and need to renew that first.  I am located presently in Pembroke Pines, FL and am looking to go to either Ecuador or Panama (per recommendation of a seasoned International Traveling friend).  Plan on accomplishing this in the next 60 days for permanent stay.

I can use all the help and advice you can give.

Perhaps start a new thread asking this question as this is just for new member introductions.  I have a whole list.
BTW, Curious why you have chosen Panama and Ecuador. Asia and parts of Europe can also be quite reasonable cost wise, unless you already can speak Spanish. Plus there is Colombia and Peru just next door which are also quite interesting and reasonably priced.

Hello expatriates!

My name is Noushin and I am from Iran.
Arrived in Ecuado last month. Would love to meet new people and make new friendships!

I speak English, Farsi, Turkish, fair undrstanding of Hindi. Basic knowledge of Spanish.

I am definitely up for any language exchange as I need to learn Spanish which enables me to pick up jobs!

I hope to hear back from you!


Hey Everyone,

I have been following this site for a while now. I retired at the first of the year, and my wife is soon to follow. I have been looking for something that we could do together, having owned a business together some years ago. That was Plan A. I could not et my wife to get enthusiastic about sinking everything we have into another business for another 10 years or so. Plan B was to go back to regular jobs here in the US. Plan C was the expat life, and we were both kind of interested in this, so she suggested that I research.

Over the last few months, I have spent all my spare time researching beautiful, affordable places to move with good healthcare and better climate than Texas, where we could make our retirement savings go further, and possibly go back to work or not. We would both like to wait to draw SS as long as possible.

My top THREE destinations: The Algarve region of Portugal; The Abruzzo region of Italy; and Ecuador. An exhaustive list of pros and cons accounting for everything from cost of living, food, activities, walkabliity, lifestyle, climate, etc., Ecuador kept coming back to the top of the list. I then toured the country by researching, the entire country (which if you’re from Texas, that’s not as hard as it might seem), Cuenca kept rising to the top of the list for our particular needs and lifestyle. We are not looking to move our current American lifestyle to Cuenca, although we are very healthy and I love to prepare all my meals from scratch and use the freshest local ingredients. So we really don’t live that much of a typical American lifestyle, do we?

We don’t want to afford to travel to all of these areas right now, because if we decide we want to move, we need to focus on that. And it’s pretty alluring that there is a direct flight on United from Houston to Quito (5.5 hours), then overnight and to Cuenca the next day. So my wife said sooner than later. So we are planning to make our first visit in September for 10-14 days. I have found an immigration attorney who has sent loads of good information, and I have met a couple who lives there who can show us around, etc. If we fall in love, we are definitely moving after the first of the year. If not, we will look at the other areas.

But as I said, there is not much to not love about Cuenca, at least in print, and looking at all of the pros and cons, and since we have never immigrated before, being perhaps the easier transition of the top three choices. And after having been born and raised and lived here most of my life, a departure from Texas, and frankly, the US, may be just what we need. My Spanish is not awful but it definitely needs work, so that’s a start!

Wish is luck as we begin this journey, and if anyone has any suggestions or you want to meet us when we are there in September, feel free to send your contact information along!

Hi Everyone,

My name is Evi. We have been living in Ecuador for two years. My husband and I are in our 40’ s, our three daughters are 11,13,15 years old.
We have moved around a bit, hope to find the perfect spot, with lots of criterias:  safety, access to a city, nice climate, clean water, land.
Cuenca- Chordeleg- Vilcabamba- Yunguilla Valley where we lived for shorter or longer time.
We live on a farm, near a small village up in the mountain.
My girls started school in April. This is an awesome experience for them( for me too) because for 5 years they have been home schooled.

Friendly recommendation to everyone: don’t buy a house or land before you lived there for a year!

Hi everyone.

I'm Sara and to the world of expat. I am researching and planning a move to Quito within the next year (hopefully). I speak some Spanish and have loads of job skills. I am also hoping to earn my TEFL certification soon.  I am determined to do this and need all the help I can get.

Be gentle.  :)

Best Regards,

Hello I'm an thinking of retiring in the next four years and I'm looking at Ecuador.  I'm sixty and live in northern California

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