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Ecuador 2016



República del Ecuador
South America

Area 284K km²

Arable 5%

Population 15.7M (52/km²)

Gov’t Republic

Capital Quito (1.6M)

GCP/capita $10,600

In poverty 26%

Wealth owned by top 10 percent 38%

Life expectancy 76 yrs

Infant Mortality 18/1K live births


Literacy 92%

Languages Spanish, Quechua, other

Religions Catholic, other

Labor Force Agriculture 28%, industry 18%, services 54%

PCVs 1962–present CURRENT: 112, TTD: 6,200; youth development, education, health

Adult Books

Living Poor: A Peace Corps ChronicleLiving Poor: A Peace Corps Chronicle
Moritz Thomsen, 1990

Publisher: University of Washington Press
Format: Paperback, 280 pages
ISBN-10: 0295969288 / ISBN-13: 978-0295969282

Synopsis: At the age of 48, Moritz Thomsen sold his pig farm and joined the Peace Corps. As he tells the story, his awareness of the comic elements in the human situation—including his own—and his ability to convey it in fast-moving, earthy prose have made Living Poor a classic.

Kids' Books

Roses for IsabellaRoses for Isabella
Diana Cohn, illus Amy Córdova, 2011, AGES 6+

Publisher: Steiner Books, Great Barrington, MA
ISBN: 9780880107310

Synopsis: Isabella writes for a school assignment about the new "fair trade" rose farm in Ecuador where her parents work.


Documentary: The Death of Jaime Roldós
Director: Lisandra I. Rivera and Manolo Sarmiento, 2013
Languages: Spanish with English subtitles

Film: Feriado (Holiday)
Director: Diego Araujo, 2014
Languages: Spanish

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