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Monday, April 10, 2017

Considering one year in Ecuador - recommendations on middle schools. April 2017.

Discussion from ExpatExchange Ecuador forum.
We're considering spending one year in Ecuador. Our son will be in 7th grade, and we're looking for an English-language school but one where he'll also learn Spanish. We've never been there and are open to different cities - obviously looking for safety and a sense of community. Would love any suggestions. 
opinion one
Have you considered home schooling for the year? I know a family here in Vilcabamba who's two kids are doing well with online classes. Parents and kids all learning Spanish from a tutor (who is also my Professora). Requires discipline and time but this is one way to go.
opinion two
Public schools are all Spanish... definitely home school and travel with your son you may eve be able to home school from your home city and state with your current school help and support. ask about alternative schooling at your home school... he may get all sorts of credit for his travels and get the Spanish immersion out front and center for him. he will thank you later be choosy about his friends..
opinion three
Jefferson in Salinas on the coast. Fully bilingual. They have a website and are on Facebook. There is an entrance exam.

my opinion: In Ecuador there are government (fiscal) schools and private schools. I am in a position to observe my friends and neighbors children and grandchildren going to different types of school. As far as I can see, parents avoid fiscal schools at all cost, even if they have to go to debt and lower their standard of living, as some of my neighbors do. 
My hairdresser's son went to fiscal school for one year and she still cannot talk about it without pain. He was harassed by teachers and students alike. He was the only white face in the sea of browns and he paid for it dearly. You know people don't like when someone is different. Now she pays $200 per month for private school and things are better for him. Middle class children are more accepting and teachers in private school are paid and behave better.
My neighbor pays $450 monthly for her daughter private school, its a stretch for her, but her child future depends on it. My friend's granddaughter goes to $600 - 1000 per month (pre-school and high school have different tuition) school.   

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Expats thoughts about the election and political stability in Ecuador. April 2017.

from ExpatExchange Ecuador forum
Question: Anybody living in Ecuador currently have thoughts about the election? About political stability in Ecuador in general? 

Opinion one: The election and the runoff election are over and depending on which side of the political fence you are on, your party either narrowly achieved victory or was robbed by election fraud. Sound familiar ?
Yes, the right wing opposition still has people in the streets in certain cities, protesting the vote count, as I write and governing socialist party has some of their people celebrating. But by and large, is spite of what certain news outlets would like to make it, life goes on and everyone is pretty much back to their daily routines. 
In spite of the hype and hypocrisies, folks here are pretty pragmatic. Yes, we're going through a rough patch economically, but nothing compared to the poor folks in Venezuela, Brazil, or Bolivia. No matter who won, the world wasn't going to come to an end. 
I guess most people not living here or some newcomers may be concerned how the election and its aftermath will affect them. I really don't see where it will have any appreciable influence. 
My wife and her family are very involved in politics - and were, like the country, pretty evenly divided between Moreno and Lasso - which made for some very lively family get togethers !
Personally, I felt better about voting down here, than I did in last fall's U.S. elections.

Opinion two: For those worried about Lenin Moreno continuing along the Correa Calle, I think people will be in for a surprise. He's a lot less divisive, more willing to listen, and I think, poco a poco you will see some of the ladrones and party hack being replaced as he quietly implements his own agenda - not business as usual. I also think relations with the U.S. will improve - provided the Trump government is open to it. ( That of course is a big IF ).

Opinion three: no decision yet.. because there is fraud asserted by lasso... things are calm but the people are not happy that at 95% of the vote lasso was ahead.. and suddenly the website of the CNE election website when down for 20 mins.. and when it came back up.. the ip address was outside of Ecuador and was not the same ip that was 20 mins before... and suddenly Moreno was ahead.. of course there is the video where the CNE employ was shown taking a piece of scotch tape and lifting handwritten votes off the paper vote and then writing him Moreno... and so the CNE has not sent a memo formally giving anyone the nod.. but Moreno of course says he won... but it is all disputed..

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The post- election drama continues in Ecuador. April 2017. Quito, Ecuador.

Election day, second round, was on Sunday, April 2.
Two candidates, one who represents current regime, Lenín Voltaire Moreno, has 51.16% of votes counted (99.73%) and another, Guillermo Lasso, who promises "change" has 48.84%.
Today is April, 5th and president-elect still not formally announced, although Lenín Moreno declared to Teleamazonas journalist: ' I am the elected President of the Ecuadorians. Do not treat me as a candidate in your media" 
Lenín Moreno mantuvo un encuentro con la prensa, la tarde de este 4 de abril del 2017. Allí dijo que es el presidente electo de los ecuatorianos. Foto: Julio Estrella/ EL COMERCIO
However, many in Ecuador disagree. 
Liders of Change and Progress movement and Creating Opportunities(CREO) party suspect election fraud and demand recount.

Supporters of CREO in Quito are protesting on a streets for fourth day.
Los simpatizantes del movimiento Creo bloquearon el paso de una unidad de la Ecovía, en las avenidas Eloy Alfaro y Shyris, en el norte de Quito. Foto: Patricio Terán/ EL COMERCIO

A massive march in support of Guillermo Lasso and recount of votes in Guayaquil. 
La Policía impidió inicialmente que se cierre toda la circulación vehicular y se permitió el paso de carros por uno de los cuatro carriles de cada puente. Pero cada vez aumentaban más los manifestantes. Foto: Mario Faustos / EL COMERCIO
In Cuenca
Partidarios de Guillermo Lasso marcharon por el centro de Cuenca la noche de este 4 de abril del 2017. Foto: Xavier Caivinagua para EL COMERCIO
in Ambato
Simpatizantes de la alianza Creo - SUMA se reunieron en la explanada del parque Cevallos, ubicada en el centro de Ambato, desde las 17:00 de este 4 de abril. Foto: Fabián Maisanche / EL COMERCIO
Guillermo Lasso presents today, April 5th, the legal bases of 'fraud' and petition for recount.

Also we have an exchange between Julian Assange, who resides in Ecuadorian Embassy in London since 2012 and Guillermo Lasso.
They kindly asked each other to leave the premises....

to be continued as events unfold....

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