Thank you all very much for your generosity during these tough times. We raised nearly $47,000 to feed people and their dogs & cats, which allowed our volunteers to provide more than 10,000 food kits to people in need from April through September 2020.

Since the quarantine is over and people are returning to work, we have officially ended our food fundraiser. Now, our focus is on helping build a better future for Olón and nearby comunas.

There are several community projects going on in this area such as a permanent food pantry, a library for kids, a cultural center, a new grade school, and a program to bring volunteers with specialized skills to this area such as doctors, engineers, architects, etc.

To help with these projects, we’ve partnered with the Spirit of Wellness, which is a registered non-profit in the United States. They have been working in this area for several years and already have a lot of boots on the ground working toward these lofty goals. Any donation made to them will go directly toward these projects and is fully tax deductible for US taxpayers.

The majority of our videos are about our Ecuador expat life. We do lots of fun and entertaining activities in our spare time when we’re not busy working our day jobs, and we take our camera along to film them for you.

We share things like cost of living, safety info, housing options, lessons learned, belly dancing, popup markets, walking tours, day trips, and more. Our videos show you what life is really like outside the hamster wheel.

We’re Amelia And JP. In 2017, we sold everything we owned, moved to Cuenca Ecuador with our two dogs, and launched a YouTube Channel to document this crazy adventure.

In early 2020, we moved to Olón, one of Ecuador’s beautiful beach towns just north of Montañita. And we have a new drone to show you the amazing beaches from the sky!

Each week, we post new lifestyle videos about our unconventional life as American expats living and working online in our small South American country. Join us for a few laughs, lots of smiles, expat information and a bit of inspiration.

We enjoy sharing our unconventional life with you, and we encourage you to live yours, whatever that may be!

We created a new website for Ecuador Expat Information to make it easier for you to find answers to your most pressing questions about living abroad in Ecuador.

Each week, we add a new blog post and send a newsletter with current news that’s relevant to expats. Amelia checks Ecuador’s Spanish news media every day to make sure we stay on top of current events and we’ll let you know about the week’s most important stories (in English).

PLUS, you’ll get immediate access to our Ecuador Cost of Moving and Living Calculator after you signup for the newsletter.

You’re not alone!

We’re building a community of like-minded people just like you. Some are still dreaming about their unconventional life while others have already made it a reality.

If you need some encouragement, moral support, guidance, information and new friends on your journey, join our band of unconventionals and let us all help you.

Sept 2019 Unconventionals

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Inspirational Quotes

Robert FrostTwo roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.

~ Robert Frost

Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.

~ Maya Angelou

John F. KennedyThere are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction.

~ John F. Kennedy

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

~ Mark Twain