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Emilpjech replied to the thread Moving To Ecuador on the Ecuador forum on April 16, 2014:
Emilpjech initially posted:
I'm coming to Ecuador on May 10th for 3 weeks. I'm vacationing and checking out Ecuador as a place to live. Right now Ecuador is my 1st choice. In 3 years I'm definitely moving to a Spanish speaking country after my daughter finishes high school. I'm very flexible but my planned route is Guayaquil...Cuenca...Quito...Manta...Salinas...Guayaquil. I'd like to meet with expats when possible for information, suggestions, and just for connections. I will welcome all responses. Emil
Emilpjech replied on April 15, 2014 with:
Thanks for the response. It's not a dead horse at all to me! Tell me more about the town and what you love about it. I'm flying between most of my places but I am going to take at least on bus route. I'm looking for places a little warmer than Cuenca, Is Banos warmer? Emil
Emilpjech replied on April 15, 2014 with:
Thanks, I would love to meet with you in Cuenca soon after I get there. I am planning to fly to most of the places and I will appreciate any suggestions on which trips from city to city would be better for the bus ride. From what I read there is much to see in Cuenca so any help in narrowing down the choices would help. I' living in San Diego area now so Cuenca sounds like a similar climate. If yo have been there 2 years you have lived through the inevitable cultural adjustment and must have memories and learnings that are still fresh. I could say more but maybe its best if you can just tell me how to contact and meet you in Cuenca. I'm guessing I'll be in Cuenca on about th 15th of May. Emil
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LovetheBeach replied to the thread Apostilles and backgroung on the Ecuador forum on April 16, 2014:
jhutch621 initially posted:
I thought I could get the Atlanta Consulate to clarify these two things and started to go there. Then they said they work by appointment only. I requested one and was told my problems didn't rate an appt. They said consult two websistes, one of which no longer exists. Oh brother. Pretty darn confusing so far. I think I need apostilles on birth certificate and criminal background. What else. I live a very simple life. Divorce was in 1988. I think I will lie about this. ??
LovetheBeach replied on April 15, 2014 with:
SWIRLZ, I'm sure you are trying to be helpful, but please, let's use the correct terminology so more confusion doesn't prevail. "Apostatize" means one who commits "apostasy", the complete desertion and departure from one's religion or cause. The correct noun is "Apostille", meaning a marginal notation. There is no accepted verb from this noun. The Apostille is a "notation" certifying that the document is genuine. Old English teachers never die. We just keep on correcting errors. Have a great day!
SWIRLZ replied on April 15, 2014 with:
Suggestions....You would need proof of income if you choose a retiree visa and that proof would need to be apostatized. IF you are a male....you PROBABLY don't need to mention the divorce. IF you are female and your last name doesn't match your birth certificate...you will need your marriage and divorce decrees....apostatized. They are verifying you are who you say you are and if you were born Jane Doe and now you are Jane Smith they want to know how that happened to be sure. Keep in mind ....everything has to be translated and I would HIGHLY HIGHLY suggest you do that here as then they will all need to be notarized in Ecuador.
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Hwy101 replied to the thread Yanapuma Spanish Language School on the Ecuador forum on April 15, 2014:
MadoneRider initially posted:
Hello - I'm planning on coming to Ecuador for a month this fall, and was going to do a Spanish language immersion school. Does anyone have experience with Yanapuma Spanish Language School? Or any others with home stays that they would recommend? thx in advance.
Hwy101 replied on April 15, 2014 with:
JoyB, what does Yanapuma charge for lesson? Thanks
JoyB replied on April 15, 2014 with:
Hi MadoneRider, Yanapuma Spanish School won "Best Spanish School in 2014" award on Cuenca´s popular www.gringopost.com forum contest. They are a very professional school with well-trained and experienced teachers and a friendly, flexible staff. Their administration is very sensitive to the needs and desires of its students. Plus they are a fun, super friendly place to study Spanish. They are a small school that is almost always full. Also, they are nonprofit! 100% of their profit goes to support poor indigenous communities throughout Ecuador.
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SWIRLZ replied to the thread Health Insurance on the Ecuador Welcome Forum forum:
SWIRLZ initially posted:
The government program for health insurance (IESS) is open for enrollment again. There are no physicals required but you need to "wait" 90 days before "using" it. The cost for my wife and me is $81 (mas o menos) per month. It does have eye care and dental. Keep in mind....this is not a Rolls Royce program. We will use it only for MAJOR stuff and continue with our regular doctors for day to day stuff.
SWIRLZ replied on April 15, 2014 with:
Yes, it does cover pre-existing conditions, BUT....there is a 90 day waiting period. (maybe 60 day....I don't recall exact number of days)
SWIRLZ replied on April 15, 2014 with:
Yes...preexisting conditions are covered after 90 days. (it might be 60 days.....don't recall exact timeframe after enrollment)
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rodreego replied to the thread Tools on the Ecuador forum on April 14, 2014:
JanetL initially posted:
I've been a do-it-yourselfer for decades, and have accumulated a lot of tools to doing a lot of things. I wanted a BMW back when I was in college, so my father insisted I learn how to do the maintenance, which has resulted in the accumulation of around a couple hundred pounds of mechanic's tools over the years. Not top of the line stuff, but mostly pretty decent. If you have more mechanic's tools than I do, you probably use them to make your living. Likewise I probably have as many tools for their respective occupations as many journeyman electricians, carpenters and plumbers have. I'm not nearly as fast as a professional tradesman, but I do get things done. We are talking about roughly three large tool chests worth of tools. Then there are the musical instruments, recording equipment, electronic instrumentation and ham radio gear. . . Would this be a problem if/when I move there? I realize there is not nearly the benefit of doing stuff myself here that there would be here in Kansas, but I LIKE the fact that I can fix stuff. . .
rodreego replied on April 14, 2014 with:
You have a six month window to ship personal goods duty free AFTER you obtain your Ecuadorian residency. If you plan to get residency within the first month, fine (though not advisable -- that should be exploration and really really looking to see if it's a fit>) but it's important you really research this yourself otherwise duty on those old tools will run you into the ground financially!
JanetL replied on April 14, 2014 with:
Alas, I'm of the post-CW era. I tried to master Morse code intermittently for decades (like since I was twelve) and could never get past three words per minute. Of course my computer can send Morse faster than I can type. . . I need to retake the general written and take a shot at Extra. I take it Cuenca is like some areas of California where they have upped the voltage on distribution lines without upgrading the insulators? I understand trying to use ham radio for communication to the states is useless, 'cause if you can be heard, some a**hat contester will step on your conversation, long before it is done. I don't contest, and don't find that sort of exchange worthwhile. What is the VHF/UHF situation like?
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Willie replied to the thread blood work in Cuenca? on the Ecuador forum on April 14, 2014:
arya6000 initially posted:
I was told by my doctor in the us to get a blood test for a few things. How does the process work here in Ecuador? Do I need to go to a doctor here and tell him to write a prescription for the tests?
Willie replied on April 14, 2014 with:
He has been doing this for a long time for his personal benefit. He only fools the new people on the block. It is very good all knows of his of his personal gain of most of his comments. Comments as these are not negative , but informative to the ex-pats and future ex-pats that need good advice.
GringoinQuito replied on April 14, 2014 with:
Hmm. Why has Casadecuenca been hiding his messages as of late?
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JanetL replied to the thread Teaching Programming on the Ecuador Welcome Forum forum on April 14, 2014:
JanetL initially posted:
I understand there are a gazillion people around who are wanna-be English as a Second Language teacher. I on the other hand have 30 years experience as a computer programmer & analyst, and was wondering if there is a demand for folk who can teach programming? I'm pretty technology agnostic, so I can get up to speed with whatever is popular. . .
JanetL replied on April 14, 2014 with:
I am still learning Spanish I am on my second semester of Spanish in a community program, and I'm on level 8 of the Memrise.com Mexican Spanish program. My plan is to attend Spanish language school when we make our exploration visit. And more after making the move. As for languages, Oracle PL/SQL, Oracle Forms, Lotus Domino, PL/1, FORTRAN and ('Though I haven't used it in 30 years) COBOL. I am still a neophyte with web technology, 'though both Oracle Forms & Lotus Domino work on the web. I've been studying HTML5 and Ruby lately, but can't really claim to be skilled in 'em. I didn't figure on teaching on the University level, without at least a master's degree (I only have a bachelors) but I figured secondary school would be a possibility or as a tutor for undergraduates.
gyuris replied on April 12, 2014 with:
Absolutely! There is a demand for someone with your skills and experience. Of course how much demand depends on which programming languages you heve experience in. For teaching in a university here you will also need an advanced degree that is recognized and validated by the SENESCYT. In general, in Ecuador, degrees (plus recognized RECENT certifications) in addition to pure experience, are very valued here. Additionaly, speaking Spanish, -at least to a working / teaching kevel- , is also important, ... almost essential here. A.T. +++++++++++++
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cgeis replied to the thread espíritu del ecuador on the Ecuador Welcome Forum forum:
patriciaandgordon initially posted:
anyone know how/where i can purchase this liquer?
cgeis replied on April 14, 2014 with:
I saw it in MegaMaxi in Guayaquil a couple days ago.
gyuris replied on April 09, 2014 with:
They also sell it in the Quito and GYE Airport duty free shops. A.T. ++++++++++++
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cOWBOYPHIL1 posted License on the Ecuador forum on April 14, 2014:
Is it true you need your high school diploma to get an Ecuadorian drivers license, thanks. Phil
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justathought replied to the thread IESS voluntary enrollment is back! on the Ecuador forum:
Ecuadog initially posted:
Who knows if it will go away again tomorrow as it did before without notice. If you have a cedula and want to enroll, I would suggest acting quickly! http://www.elcomercio.com/negocios/IESS-derogo-resolucion464-afiliacion-Fernando_Cordero_0_1105689542.html here is where you enroll; it can all be done on line: https://www.iess.gob.ec/afiliado-web/pages/opcionesGenerales/afiliacionVoluntaria/ingreso.jsf
justathought replied on April 13, 2014 with:
Mgarbi, Do you intend to return to live in Ecuador? If not, I do not understand why you may want to have that health insurance. It does not cover anything abroad, only in Ecuador. I think you should contact EISS directly, because the gov might be inviting you into the system, which, later on will give you not only health insurance, but also a a pension.
mgabri replied on April 13, 2014 with:
I forgot to mention that I don't live in Ecuador. I'm an Ecuadorian living in the UK since I was a teenager. I don't have an Ecuadorian bank account or any access to those banks that they mention on their website. However, they do mention Direct direct but my question is does it have to be from an Ecuadorian bank? I don't want to start the process before I know all the facts. It just seems silly to me that they are encouraging people who live abroad to enroll if the payments have to be made in Ecuador? Thank you for your help. :)
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