Expat Experiences in Ecuador

When considering a move to a new city, there is nothing more useful than hearing real-life stories from other expats who have lived there. Please contact us if you live or have lived in Ecuador and would like to share your experience.


Scott and Jody are 'behind-the-scenes missionaries', working and living in Quito. Having lived in Ecuador since 2014, the two have a lot to say on the standard of accommodation, speaking Spanish, getting to know their neighbours and having their cafecito. They also give advice on safety matters in Ecuador's capital city. Read our interview with Scott and Jody for a full account of their experiences settling into Quito life.

Scott & Jody

Edd and Cynthia Staton moved to Ecuador in 2010 following 2008's worldwide recession and have become well-known for their experience of retiring and living abroad. They talk to us about their favourite aspects of living in Ecuador, making friends and the best neighbourhoods in and around Cuenca. Read more in our expat interview with Edd and Cynthia.

Edd & Cynthia

In 2019, Anri Lategan moved to Ecuador where she volunteered on a small dairy farm. This was not her first expat experience living abroad and she moved there alone after spending some time in Colombia. She talks about Ecuador's quality of life, getting visas and safety, and compares the cost of living to South Africa. Read more about Quito in our expat interview with Anri.

Anri

Jason, an expat from Australia, decided to settle in Ecuador after a supposedly short holiday to kitesurf. After meeting his partner, Michelle, in Quito, they both moved to Cuenca where they enjoy a simple life. Read our expat interview with Jason and Michelle to find out about what they do and their perspectives on lifestyle, family and children, working and getting around in Ecuador.

Jason & Michelle

Heidi Schultz is an American expat who has been living in the bustling and beautiful Quito in Ecuador since August 2010. She lives there with her Ecuadorian husband and is employed as a translator and teacher. Read more about her life in Quito.

Heidi - an American expat in Ecuador

Rick Schleicher is an American expat who has been living in Ecuador for the last 12 years. He shares his experiences of life in this incredibly beautiful country (he calls the Enchanted Islands home). Read more about his experiences in Ecuador.

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