Monday, May 20, 2013

Assignment in Quito

Today I would like to discuss Quito in Ecuador. If you were to be sent to Quito on an expatriate assignment or if you were to relocate there, you are likely to experience weather that is cooler being inland at a higher elevation compared to the tropical coast and the Amazonian jungle in the lowlands. You will meet people who speak Spanish and indigenous languages.

The cost of clothing is high compared to other places. The cost of food and beverages and transport is very low compared to other places. The cost of housing is low compared to other places. Quito, is the capital city of Ecuador. Quito is the second-highest administrative capital city in the world (after La Paz, Bolivia), and the highest legal capital (ahead of Sucre, also in Bolivia, and Bogota, Colombia). From a day to day comfort perspective, you are likely to experience high degree of hardship.

Be sure to negotiate an appropriate salary or allowance to compensate for the cost of living. If you live in Quito or if you lived there recently, let us know what your experience has been. Would you live in Quito again?