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Expat Advice: Living in Montezuma, Costa Rica

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What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?


How long have you lived there?

4 years

What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?

If you know how to play an instrument, I recommend volunteering your time with the SINEM children's orchestra, a lot of expats teach in this program all through out Costa Rica.

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In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.

Folks here are very diverse, you feel like you've found you home once you arrive!

What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?

The main industry here is tourism. most people moving here start there own business or end up working for a pre-existing one or...teaching English for one of the many schools in the area.

If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.

hmmmmmm...take a vacation here first, spend a few months and get a feel for the scene here. Also, online research is an option too.

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Oct 8, 2011 14:45

My boyfriend and I will be moving to CR once my house sells, hopefully before the snow flies here in MN. We plan to travel around for about a year before settling down (if we ever do!), but are interested in doing freelance work after a while because we are concerned that we will become too bored doing nothing. I write and he builds computers and cars. How easy is it to get jobs doing this? Volunteer work is also a great option for us. Money is not an issue, but bartering would be welcomed. We are aware of the prohibition against foreigners working in CR, and want to do everything legally.

Oct 8, 2011 21:29

despite the "prohibition" against foreigners working i would'nt sweat it, this is hardly enforced. many gringos own businesses here and work. freelance work is a great way to make a living here. i recommend posting your talents on craigslist as well as the costa rican version of craigs list, you'd be surprised at how many bites you'll get! building cars is a great trade to have here, we are all in need of a good mechanic we can trust who also speaks english. if you have anymore questions feel free to message me on facebook: or through my site pura vida! -Hodges apellido

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