Expat Guide to Living in Bogota
Whether you're already living in Bogota or preparing to move to Bogota, our Expat Guide to Living in Colombia offers articles and reports submitted by expats about expat life in Bogota. For answers to specific questions, visit our Colombia Forum to talk with expats in Bogota.
Expats offer advice for others considering a move to Bogota, Colombia. Topics include safety in Bogota, best neighborhoods for expats, international schools in Bogota and more.
At first view, Bogota reminded Kathleen Peddicord of some West Baltimore neighborhoods (where she grew up). But, she found old Bogota to be charming. "While modern Bogota is urban sprawl defined, old Bogota is the most impressive and extensive collection of Spanish colonial structures I've seen," explained Peddicord.
An expat in Bogota, Colombia provides some perspective on the process of settling into the Colombian culture, and the value of having lived abroad before.
A woman who was born in Colombia and left when she was four years old moved back 58 years later to search for a place to retire. The challenges for her are getting a better grip on the language, making friends, learning to pace herself, and being patient and tolerant.
More Culture Shock Reports for Bogota
Culture shock is part of the settling in process. Knowing the different phases of culture shock and how other expats in Bogota handle it can be very comforting. Below are some of the responses from expats in Bogota:
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Living Overseas Report
What are people's priorities in Bogota - work? family? socializing? What are the best ways to meet other expats? Are people accepting of racial, cultural and religious differences? Help other expats and people moving to Bogota by filling out our Living Overseas Report.
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Moving Overseas Report
What should you take with you when you move to Bogota? What should you leave behind? What type of housing and neighborhoods are typical for expats in Bogota? Help others moving to Bogota by filling out our Moving Overseas Report.
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Submit an International School Review
Reviews of Schools in Bogota
Reviews and school profiles from expat parents and even a few school administrators in Bogota. Great place to find insight into school facilities, teachers and curriculum. Below are some of the reviews from expats in Bogota:
Dream vs. Reality Report
Most expats have have "dreams" (and fears) about the expatriate experience before they moved to Bogota. If you are already living in Bogota, share how those "dreams" have been fulfilled, and how they have not by filling out our Dream vs. Reality Report.
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Overseas Retirement Report
Retiring abroad can be a great option for retirees seeking their dream lifestyle at an affordable price. Help other retirees, who are thinking about retiring in Bogota by filling out our Overseas Retirement report.
Submit a Retire Abroad Report
Submit a Having a Baby Abroad Report
Having a Baby in Bogota Reports
How did expats choose their doctors, midwives, hospitals? What is childbirth like in Bogota? Below are some of the reports from expats in Bogota:
Working in Bogota Reports
What's it like to find a job in Bogota? How difficult was it to obtain a work permit? What types are jobs are typical for expats in Bogota? Below are some of the reports from expats in Bogota:
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