This is part of our My Life in Ecuador Series.
My Life in Ecuador: Maureen Douglas Living in Cuenca
The Expat: Maureen Douglas
Where are you currently living?
Hi, I am on my way to Cuenca to live and would love to link with your community. Currently I’m in Quito and am helping a friend write a curriculum for his music conservatory.
I’ve been a Spanish teacher in the states for the past several years and love visiting the highlands.
I’ve been visiting since 2007 and will be happy to help folks out with private/group conversation courses.
What’s Your Story?
I am divorced, taking a leave (possibly for a long time) and have just relocated most recently from Boise, Idaho. I’m originally from Washington state and have lived in Seattle, Portland and in Sun Valley.
When and where did you get the idea of living in Ecuador?
I started dreaming about moving to Ecuador in 2007 and would love to stay permanently as long as I can feel that I can contribute to the community.
I currently have a 6 month tourist visa which was an interesting process.
How’s your Spanish?
I speak Spanish fluently and am a believer in an immersion experience. I love to travel and began living/travelling and taking student groups abroad when I was in my 20’s.
What do you do?
I have spent some time saving money so I can come here and have a simpler less complicated existence.
I am fortunate to have made many wonderful Ecuadorian friends and consider them as my second family.
What do you love about Ecuador?
I have rented a suite close to the Universidad de Azuay. It is safe, and fully furnished.
I love Parque Paraiso, the walks along the Tomebamba river and the energy of Calle Larga.