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A reader commented on the Expat Report Moving to Belize City, Belize
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What advice would you give someone preparing to move to your area about the actual move, choosing a neighborhood and finding a home?
Do you research, feel free to contact me at macarenarose@gmail.com - I am now the Relocation Expert for Belize- not all info is the same, best to get it straight from the beginning ! See this video on Why Belize- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDiKKNXQuLo

Belize is Everything to some People- I am ONE of these, are you ? (Continue)

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I will be making a trip there at the end of May, 2014 with the goal of looking around to see if I could live there. Drs gave me the Malaria and Typhoid drugs to take (which I haven't yet) Based on your experience, are these necessary? Should I be vaccined for anything?
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How much to rent a two bedroom apartment with air conditioning?
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Culture Shock in Belize City, Belize
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Do you have any advice or thoughts about culture shock you would like to share?
The irony is: you will have more CULTURE SHOCK when you go back to your original country, than when you settle in BELIZE.

You'll get so used to this laid back, rule-bending country and love it so much...... you won't want to go back. (Continue)

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The QRP means we cannot take the work of a belzian. To open a hotel, bed and breakfast we must have a belizian signatory and a belizian manager, we cannot do that ourselves. Many QRP have very successful businesses, it's just this business would have been in our own home, like a B&B and as such we have no need or desire of a Belizian manager. BTB encouraged us to open a B &B, but at the last minute refused our application without naming a belizian manager which, on principal, we refused to do. We only wanted to be legal to make sure the correct visitors tax was paid and the govt received its proper tourist tax... It was for their benefit, not ours. It's their loss, we charge nothing for friends to stay, and request that a visitor makes a donation to the belizian charity of their choice, in lieu of any payment to ourselves. This benefits Belize in the long run, being our original goal in the first place. Most of our friends work for ngo's and non profits, so our concept to share the blessing of our house, works. These are friends, not strangers, and they all have to be here for the good of Belize, we had no intention of running or advertising a business etc. in the first place. So it works.
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Can you expand on the comment "QRP (Qualified Persons Package).... can hold you back from doing things you might want to do. It does get frustrating."?
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Living in Belize City, Belize
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What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?
Church, Animal Welfare groups, Diving Sports shops (Continue)
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I VISITED BELIZE CITY, BELMONPAN AND THE SURROUNDING AREAS ABOUT 5 WEEKS AGO. (SEPT. 2010) THIS IS AN ACCURATE REPORT. THE PEOPLE ARE FRIENDLY, BUT IT IS DEFINITLEY NOT THE USA. BUT I STILL THINK IT'S A GREAT PLACE TO RETIRE IF ONE IS NOT DEMANDING
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Having a Baby in Belize City, Belize
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Describe your experience giving birth there. What type of facility did you go to? What (if any) type of pain management did you use? How long did you stay in the hospital? Was it a positive experience? Etc...
WOW It was a trip! Being a poor Expat - a non profit worker, no insurance and a small income to draw upon heading home was not an option. I started out with a private Doctor after 2 miscarriages while in Belize. While I qualified for NHI ( national Health care) there are a lot of lines waiting and you do not get the consistency of having the same prenatal DR. at the birth of your child. I had to pay out of pocket for all of my lab tests and ultrasounds averaging approximately $100 US a month. My private Dr. was fantastic but as the pregnancy progressed I began to realize I was not going to be able to afford a private birth in a private hospital. Which could range from $2000 BZ to $5000 BZ. So I ended up having my final checkup at Karl Husner Medical Hospital. On the final visit I happened to get my personal Dr. Doing her NHI rotation and as it turned out I was suffering from preclampsia so I was rushed in for an emergency inducement. In a public hospital that best thing to remember is that you are your best advocate they do not tell you much they are used to people who do not have a ton of medical knowledge so the staff do not feel the need to communicate what is going on. I found I had to be really kind of pushy and ask what they were doing giving me and ask why and if the nurses did not know I had to ask for the head nurse etc. They also are Horrible Phlabotomists... I have never received so many sticks for one IV in my life and this is after I told them which arm to use which vein would work etc. (YEARS OF PLASMA DONATION DURING COLLEGE) Also Always check your IV lines they seemed to always leave air bubbles in the line. They also do not inform you as to what you need to provide for your self... you need to buy your own medication in advance if possible your own bed pads you need to bring your own water, cups, pillows blankets, and snacks. They are very strict ( unnecessarily so) about visiting hours. There also seems to be a big issue with attitude between the Nigerian nurses and the Cuban Doctors I have never been witness to so many arguments in my room about the patient next to me or about my self. The Creole and Belizian Dr. all seemed to handle things in a much calmer manner. The Nigerian Nurses were tough but caring they have a way to win you over and they seemed to respect that I spoke up for my self. After 30 hours of Labor and no real progression I was taken in for a C section ( my worst nightmare) I was terrified but in truth ready for the ordieal to be over. They wheeled me in I saw the face of My DR. and knew I was in her good hands. I was told I complined the whole surgery. But the sweetest moment was when I finally heard my daughter cry when i woke up later they brought my daughter to me and I kissed her and she nursed immediatly. I was broght back to my room. I was there for 3 more long days of staring at the wall, my Daughter was my companion. Grand total for 6 days in hospital, c section $250 US (Continue)
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One option is the birth clinic in Spanish Lookout. Loma Luz Hospital in San Ignacio has caring attendants and also has a female OB. Also, there are a couple of independent, private midwives in Belize who specialize in homebirth for healthy mothers. Check online for international midwives and also get word-of-mouth information from ex-pat women's groups like the Corozal Women's group and Cayo Connections.
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ken1933 commented on the Expat Report Moving to Belize City, Belize
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What advice would you give someone preparing to move to your area about the actual move, choosing a neighborhood and finding a home?
Don't. Come here and spend some time first, find out the in's and outs. Cee if you can put up with the bugs that will eat you alive. Or, no doctors or hospitals for miles. They will tell you if you get sick take a flight back to the States. Check on the duty to bring anything there. It's 100 percent that's why you can't find anything there to buy. Car's are all old and rusted out. You used to get two to one on your dollar, but that didn't mean anything when everything is three times the price. Most all that cheap farm land you see is cheap because it is low with water standing on much of it and it won't grow anything. The cows in the country are all sick, due to blow fly's which you're not suppose to use for meat, but they sell em anyway. Don't believe the hype on this place, and don't listen to me, go there and spend a few months and you will soon find yourself flying out as fast as you flew in. (Continue)
ken1933 replied most recently with:
Strange! John Trummer, a home town friend has lived in Corozal Town since 1974, raised his family there. John is a doctor and has retired in his home in Belize. He thinks it is the best place in the world.
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