I first came to Ecuador in the late 1980's to teach English in Quito. I fell in love with this country, the natural beauty, the warmth and generosity of the people. I went on to work in international education on nearly every continent, but Ecuador kept calling me back. This Chicago girl has a "latina soul"! I've now been back in Ecuador, living here as a permanent resident since 2006. I have done all different kinds of work, from private teaching to teacher training to working with American volunteers as a driver/interpreter to filling in as a substitute hotel manager. I like to keep my schedule flexible and fluid so that I can be available to accept the next exciting opportunity that comes my way. It's a huge leap of faith to relinquish control of what comes next, but for me it's proven a wonderful way to flow with new possibilities. It certainly feels like I'm exactly where I'm supposed to be, doing exactly what I should be doing!!!