Ecuador Expat Profile: Jeff Stern, Quito Ecuador
The Expat: Jeff Stern
Where are you currently living?
Quito, Ecuador. 4 years.
What’s Your Story?
We are a family of four and own a chocolate business in Ecuador. I also do consulting in the cocoa industry.
We have lived in the US, Nicaragua and South Africa. I was born in Southern California.
When and where did you get the idea of living in Ecuador?
We wanted our kids to grow up here at least several years. We have been here four years and intend on staying indefinitely.
We are all residents – my wife is an Ecuadorian National.
How’s your Spanish?
I have spoken Spanish for over twenty years after being a high school exchange student in Chile in the 1980s. It is crucial to speak the language as knowing it well will open up a whole new universe for you.
You can learn it while you’re here; but study hard and learn it well – don’t learn just enough to “get by” because then that’s all you’ll be doing, just getting by. English is our first language.
What do you do?
We operate a chocolate business in Quito.
How do you find the cost of living in Ecuador?
Reasonable but higher than initially expected.