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A reader commented on the Expat Report Living in Quito, Ecuador
Living-in-Quito
What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?
DAMAS - Damas Norteamericanas y Britanicas - meets once a month and does service projects for the community, we have an English book library and a play group for moms with young kids.

English Fellowship Church - all English speaking

Advent St. Nicholas Church - 3 services in English, Spanish, and German (Continue)

vegashat replied most recently with:
Where do your kids go to school? We are looking at moving to Quito in the next 4 months and are trying to decide where to live and where to have our kids go to school. They are entering 4th and 7th grade.
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I live in Quito, too, though I am looking for a rental in the valley of Cumbaya. I love it here. I can get around easily and find whatever I am looking for by just asking people. It helps that I speak Spanish. Going out of the city is pleasant as well as the cultures around are diverse and fascinating. I have enjoyed my time here tremendously and hope to continue living here for long time to come. I have several children and also find there is plenty to do and discover with them. So far, so good! I feel plenty safe here, though I don't spend time in the evening in the mariscal area or anywhere I feel uncomfortable (which could be said of any major city!) I am enchanted and grateful to be here.
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Expat Report Living in Quito, Ecuador by pilotguy was published
Living-in-Quito
How has your expat experience met the expectations you dreamed about before you moved abroad?
Not much. (Continue)
A reader commented on the Expat Report Living in Quito, Ecuador
Living-in-Quito
Describe how you "dreamed" expat life would be before you moved overseas. Please provide as much detail as possible.
We were young and had alot of energy and dreams that we feel we could not enjoy in the states. After working so hard for many years we barely had enough for a two car garage in Sante Fe, but that money saved over a 9 year period bought us a piece of land and coupled with a 7 year bank loan here in Ecuador, we built our dream at the time. To have a little hotel and restaurant, different in the respect that it had hot water and private baths and all the amenities that did not exist at the time to cater to US and European Tourists. (Continue)
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Wow, I am native from Ecuador and have lived in the USA for 34 years but I also have lived in Ecuador and know the culture and quite frankly your comment is pretty bold. I don't know where or who you have surrounded yourself with, but saying.."Culturally, in the eyes of Ecuadorians, it is 'alright' to rob and take advantage of someone who is 'richer' than you are. It is a childlike stance...we were not used to it." Your generalization is very sad and mean, a very obtuse way of judging people and quite frankly it begs to ask you why you chose to stayed there for so long, in a country of robbers that have only taken advantage of you? Robbery and corruptness exists everywhere, it is not a cultural issue but about principals! As to the other issue, in Ecuador you can't exchange things as you do here in America and that is cultural and Ecuadorians do not go on returning things people brake or use, not to mention you are talking something from 25 years ago? Again, why did you stay there? That make a no sense.
emahon15 replied recently with:
Thanks for the input. I am from Albuquerque and plan on a trip there to scout things out.
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Info about North Americans in Quito in Quito, Ecuador
Info-about-Quito
Describe your group.
THE GROUP MEETS TO DISCUSS THE NEWS OF THE DAY AND AS A SOCIAL CLUB FORE THERE IS POWER IN NUMBERS.

THE CLUB IS BASED IN QUITO AND NORMALLY MEETS ONCE A WEEK AT A MAJOR HOTEL OR PARK IN QUITO.

ORGANIZED TRIPS AS WELL AS PASSING ON REAL ESTATE TIPS, ETC (Continue)

jamesskalski replied most recently with:
ALAN: Myself, Luis Anton & Daniela are forming a group to meet once or twice a month at a regular place here in Guayaquil. Luis & Daniela are bilingual. Sincerely, jamesskalski@mac.com
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Hi, is there an expats club in Guayaquil?
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Moving to Quito, Ecuador
Moving-to-Quito
What advice would you give someone preparing to move to your area about the actual move, choosing a neighborhood and finding a home?
Rent, learn, then leave. Keep in mind I have no business interest here so I am just being honest. You can deposit money into your bank acct & if want to know your balance after your deposit they charge you a fee, service in Ecuador is terrible. Ask for a roll of quarters, & be refused! No reason, just be told no. (Continue)
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Wow! Painfully honest ...
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You take "you" with you whereever you go...
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Review of Academia Cotopaxi in Quito, Ecuador
Review-of-Academia Cotopaxi
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
non-competative sports, limited after-school activities (Continue)
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I will be transferred soon out of Ecuador so while looking for schools at the new location I found this page. I have my son at Academia Cotopaxi and I disagree with some of this review. I agree there is room for improvement in all issues mentioned here but it is not as bad as it is said. Actually I would give this school an A- or B+ and I would recommend it for arriving students. Academic program is very good for those who want to study and learn. This school makes an effort to hire the best teachers. The school has a clearly defined policies on bullying, drugs, discipline and I have seen they really care. I could see it last year when I suspected bullying could have been happening and the HS principal commited himself to fix it.
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Thank you for this information, definalty do not want our children to go to a school where bullying is acpeted just becuse of status, so sad. I am seriously considering moving to Quito, Please can you recommend a bilingual school that;s top priority is teaching not only acedemics but morals too? my email is juiaalexsandra@hotmail.com, it is very important to me that our children enjoy there new school. thank you! Julie
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Expat Report Review of Academia Cotopaxi in Quito, Ecuador was published
Review-of-Academia Cotopaxi
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
The facilities are good. There are many after-school activities but they are of poor quality both in terms of substance and teachers (Continue)
A reader commented on the Expat Report Moving to Quito, Ecuador
Moving-to-Quito
What advice would you give someone preparing to move to your area about the actual move, choosing a neighborhood and finding a home?
Come visit first, stay in a travelers hostel if you want to meet people, doesn't matter your age...see where you want to live, then check the local paper to find rental listings... (Continue)
johntogo replied most recently with:
Hello, I am seriously considering attending a TESOL course in Quito either May or July of this year. The school lists itself as, "Located near the Carolina park, in a quiet but well equipped neighborhood in northern Quito, the centre is small and intimate." This is a 4-week course and I would like to know if it is feasible to rent a furnished apartment for two months. Ideally, it would be great to walk to training each day and be able to explore on the weekends. My plan is to come down a couple of weeks early, get settled and stay a couple of weeks after securing employment. If this works out, I will return to the States, get the proper resident visa for a long term stay, ship my personal property down and locate someplace close to work. One thing at a time.............. Any thoughts on a furnished apartment in the above mentioned area for two months? Thanks, John
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This is extremely helpful! Do you have any suggestions on Spanish schools to study at? My husband and I are hoping to give ourselves a month "jumpstart" when we first arrive...
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Pitmonster commented on the Expat Report Review of Academia Cotopaxi in Quito, Ecuador
Review-of-Academia Cotopaxi
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
Great, constant updating of the facilities, with distinctive separate areas for each section. Multiple extracurricular activities, from sports, to dancing to music to origami and carpentry among many others (Continue)
Pitmonster replied most recently with:
What are the costs of this school?
maryannvenz replied recently with:
are your children still at Cotopaxi? and are you still happy with the school? is it mainly Ecuadorians or are there many countries represented at the school? thank you
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Info about South American Explorers in Quito, Ecuador
Info-about-Quito
Describe your group.
We are an organization for travelers, living or visiting South America with Clubhouses in Quito, Lima, Cusco and B.A. Great place to meet other travelers and obtain valuable resources/information on South American. Numerous discounts for travel,hotels,schools and food. We provide numerous social gatherings and weekend and day trips, all at a reduced price. (Continue)
A reader replied most recently with:
Excellent information. Very easy to find online. Super. Michael, I will soon be sending an email. Gracias, Claudia Jakelislaxel
A reader replied recently with:
Excellent information and easy to find online. Super. Michael, I will soon be sending you an email. Gracias, Claudia
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