Salary & Cost of living
The cost of living here is extremely low, perhaps 30% of that in the USA. You can rent a decent place in a big city for around $200/month. Bus rides cost $0.25 each way in the city and longer bus rides usually cost $1/hour. You can eat out at the dozens of restaurants the line the streets for around $3 for a meal including of rice, beans, salad, meat, soup and juice.
After working for a year in Ecuador, you'd be lucky if you saved even $1000. Most come here to experience life in Ecuador and not to save money. The cost of living is cheap, but there are so many ways to spend you money too. No trip to Ecuador is complete without a trip to the Amazon, Galapagos and Andes. If you really want you could put away some money, but there's just too much to do!
First, the people. Ecuadorian people are among the friendliest in the world and love meeting 'gringos' (Westerners). They are extremely social people and know how to party. Come to Ecuador without knowing anyone, but you'll leave with a bunch of new friends.
Ecuadorian food is among some of South America's best. And it's cheap! Soups, seafood, meat and beans all served with fresh fruit juices for around $3. The cusine vary depending on what part of the country you are in, but expect to eat delicious, healthy meals for cheap where ever you are.
HOW TO GET A JOB
One good way to secure a job is to enrol in a CELTA course in Ecuador. It is held several times a year in the beach town of Montanita and guarantees a job for graduates of the course.
Where to teach
Situated high in the mountains, Quito is the capital of Ecuador. It has a milder climate than other parts of the country which attracts many English teachers. This is where most jobs are, but it is also where the most competition is.
Guayaquil is the country's largest city with a population of over 2 million people. There are many jobs here as fewer Westeners live here. It's about an hour drive from the coast and a due to that a lot hotter than Quito.
Cuenca is a popular city for retiring Americans. In fact, for the last few years it has been consistently voted as the best place in the world to retire abroad. Due to this, there is a sizeable (older) ex-pat community. It is a beautiful city, but due to the amount of foreigners there, the cost of living can be a little higher and the job openings fewer.