Home Ecuador Forum Ecuador Guide Moving to Ecuador Real Estate Healthcare in Ecuador
Ecuador
Resources
City Guides
Cigna International Health Insurance
JoinSign In
Cigna International Health Insurance

Bahia de Caraquez >

Expat Advice: Culture Shock in Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador

Submitted by Jetskijo

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Bahia de Caraquez

Did you receive any cross-cultural training for your move abroad? If yes, was it before or after the move?

No but had visited the country a couple times before my move

As an expat in Ecuador, health insurance is an important consideration. Take a minute to get a quote from our expat health insurance partner, Integra Global.

If they speak another language in your new country, do you speak the language? If yes, did you learn the language before you moved or while abroad? If no, are you planning to learn the language?

I studied a little Spanish before I got here and then took private lessons for a month. Most of what I learned is just by getting out every day and meeting people.

Were you worried or concerned about culture shock before you moved abroad?

Not much

Moving to Ecuador

Moving to Ecuador soon? Crown Relocations owns and operates over 207 facilities in almost 54 countries. Their global network means they're unique in the relocations business and they're able to use Crown crews and vehicles wherever possible. Get a quote online today.

How significant was the culture shock you experienced when you moved abroad?

It didn't really hit me for at least a week but then I had mitigating circumstances which brought me to this part of Ecuador.

Expats often talk about going through the "stages of culture shock." Examples include the honeymoon phase, the irritation-to-anger stage, the rejection of the culture stage, and the cultural adjustment phase. Do you feel like you went through these or any other stages as you settled into the new culture?

Not too much as I have moved to many places throughout my life and am easily adaptable. I pretty much knew what I was getting into.

What, if any, were some of the changes you noticed in yourself that might have been caused by culture shock? These might include things such as anger, depression, anxiety, increased eating or drinking, frustration, homesickness, etc.

Being single in a town which offers nothing in the way of amenities, I became extremely despressed and also got very sick. Excessive drinking??? ABSOLUTELY as there is nothing else in this town to do!!

What are some things you appreciate most about the new culture?

Still working on that one as I do not care for this town I am living in and is much more primitive than cities.

What are the most challenging aspects of the new culture?

Not knowing the language and the fact that especially in this part of Ecuador, they talk extremely FAST!!

Did you "commit" any embarrassing or humorous cultural blunders? If you did and you'd like to share them, please do tell!

I'm sure I have, but don't know.

Do you have any advice or thoughts about culture shock you would like to share?

My advice would be to visit for an extended period before you move.

Read Next

Retirement-In-CuencaAn Expat Shares What it's Like Retiring in Cuenca, Ecuador

A retiree talks about what it's like living in Cuenca, Ecuador - she enjoys the slower pace of living, lower cost of living, climate and that she has friends from all over the world.

Moving-To-SalinasAn Expat Talks about Moving to Salinas, Ecuador

An expat talks about moving to Salinas, Ecuador - the lower cost of living, beach life and what to bring to make it feel like home.

Moving to Ecuador: Tips for Newcomers in Ecuador

When it comes to getting an insider's perspective on expat life in Ecuador, our Ecuador network is the place to post! With hundreds of posts each month, members cover current events, moving and relocation advice and much more!

International Schools in Ecuador

From the American School of Quito to Acadamia Cotopaxi, we cover the most popular international schools in Ecuador.

Expat Advice about Crime & Safety in Ecuador

Advice from Expats in Ecuador about Safety, Security and Crime in Ecuador.

Cigna International Health Insurance

Write a Comment about this Expat Report

Sign In to post a comment.

Comments about this Report

guest
Mar 30, 2012 19:21

jetskijo is 100% correct except he left a couple of things out. being a small city,ha ha ha ha,there is very little available for rentals or sale and all that is available has gotten way over priced. even in the little mom & pop stores the prices are going up. i live here 2 1/2 years now, i don't know why, and have seen the prices go up drasticly,even the street venders hav raised there prices 150 to 200% in yhe past year.everyone is jumping on the fact that the gringos are ignorant and are helping to raise the prices by buying way over priced houses & condos.

guest
May 2, 2012 09:54

Culture shock is inevitable but the sufferer often does not recognize it until it is over ;;; a year later.

guest
Jun 13, 2012 09:08

I agree with JetSki and the guest about prices. Lots of gouging taking place . And much of it comes from the first gringos arriving like the Spanish Armada and trying to run the town like some Florida tourist trap. As the local Ecuadorians have little money to take, the gringos stick there hand in every visiting gringos pocket. I like the area as I plan a simple farming-fishing quiet life on the Ecuador Coast. But it sure is not for everyone, and make no mistake, the indigenous do not like the white man. Racism abounds.

guest
Jul 25, 2012 15:29

my husband and I are planning on retiring in Ecuador - since we love the beach it was a natural choice to seek out Bahia de Caraquez and surrounding towns - we are planning on leaving the states in Sept of this year - anyone have any ideas of great long term rentals ? we will also need Spanish lessons - and would love to meet some expats when we get there - we are not rich gringos and desire to fit in with the area and people - I have not tried to rent something on line because you just never know what is next door - ha let me know if you have info Roberta

guest
Mar 29, 2013 18:00

Racism? OMG! Does racism exist throughout Ecuador, or is this racism you speak of specific to Bahia?

bzalto
Jul 12, 2013 06:40

I would recommend staying in Canoa at the Macondo lodge: http://www.hostelworld.com/hosteldetails.php/Macondo-Hotel/Canoa/58842 The owner Felix worked as a chef in New England and speaks fluent English and is very friendly and prepares great meals with fresh produce daily.

Expatriate Health Insurance

Get a quote for expat health insurance in Ecuador from our partner, Integra Global Health.
Get a Quote

Culture-Shock-in-GuayaquilAn Expat Talks about Culture Shock & Living in Guayaquil, Ecuador

A newcomer to Ecuador offers an honest view of what it's like adjusting to life in Guayaquil. From finding it hard to understand people, because they speak too fast to feeling depressed and thinking about returning home, she is truly in the midst of culture shock.

A newcomer to Ecuador offers an honest view of what it's like adjusting to life in Guayaquil. From finding it hard to understand people, because they speak too fast to feeling depressed and thinking ...

Living-in-CuencaAn Expat Discusses Living in Cuenca, Ecuador

An expat in Cuenca, Ecuador appreciates the beautiful environment and people. He advises newcomers to get learn Spanish and meet locals instead of socializing with other expats.

An expat in Cuenca, Ecuador appreciates the beautiful environment and people. He advises newcomers to get learn Spanish and meet locals instead of socializing with other expats. ...

Moving to Ecuador: Tips for Newcomers in Ecuador

When it comes to getting an insider's perspective on expat life in Ecuador, our Ecuador network is the place to post! With hundreds of posts each month, members cover current events, moving and relocation advice and much more!

When it comes to getting an insider's perspective on expat life in Ecuador, our Ecuador network is the place to post! With hundreds of posts each month, members cover current events, moving and reloc...

International Schools in Ecuador

From the American School of Quito to Acadamia Cotopaxi, we cover the most popular international schools in Ecuador.

From the American School of Quito to Acadamia Cotopaxi, we cover the most popular international schools in Ecuador. ...

Expat Advice about Crime & Safety in Ecuador

Advice from Expats in Ecuador about Safety, Security and Crime in Ecuador.

Advice from Expats in Ecuador about Safety, Security and Crime in Ecuador....

17 Tips from Expats about Moving to Ecuador

We asked expats in Ecuador for advice for newcomers. From cost of living to what to bring to culture shock, their insight is a must read for anyone thinking about moving to Ecuador.
We asked expats in Ecuador for advice for newcomers. From cost of living to what to bring to culture shock, their insight is a must read for anyone thinking about moving to Ecuador. ...

13 Expats Talk about Living in Ecuador

Expats in Ecuador talk about what its like living in Ecuador. From the lower cost of living to its wonderful climate to the focus on family, Ecuador is a popular destination for retirees and other expats.
Expats in Ecuador talk about what its like living in Ecuador. From the lower cost of living to its wonderful climate to the focus on family, Ecuador is a popular destination for retirees and other ex...

Ecuador Guide
Other Links
Our Story Our Team Contact Us Submit an Article Advertising Travel Warnings

Copyright 1997-2019 Burlingame Interactive, Inc.

Privacy Policy Legal