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About pato23

Status:

Expatriate  

Gender:

Male

Currently Lives:

San Salvador, El Salvador

Citizen Of:

United States

Dual Citizen Of:

El Salvador

Past Expat Posts:

Guatemala


Mexico


Honduras


Nicaragua


Poland

HR/Relo
Professional:

Help Manage Expat Programs for My Company

Some Forum Posts:

El Salvador: Moving to San Salvador:

!Claro que si! agregarse con https://web.facebook.com/centroespanolsv/?fref=ts en San Salvador..... 83 avenida norte, Paseo General Escalón. Colonia Escalón. San Salvador 503 2264 3955 Closed until tomorrow 7:00AM - 8:00PM Typically replies within an hour Message Now http://www.centroespanoles.com/ ademas tanto miembros del https://www.internations.org/el-salvador-expats son de Espana y otros paises. Si usted necesita el consejo antes de la llegada o ayuda después su llegada eviame mensaje...saludos. Yrabajaba con muchos espanoles en El Salvador.

Colombia: How To Apply For TP7 Visa and Cedula:

thanks, will go to Bogota Embassy FBU Page - Do you need Apostille for Birth Certificate and do you need a US Address? I an in Central america now, fed up with it, fluent in Spanish, no 'things' to move heavier than clothing and Avianca is now our Airline.......

El Salvador: housing:

And now over 3,000 members, most are natives selling or renting to gringos!

El Salvador: Safety on the beach:

You can purchase and run a place in El Salvador on a tourist visa as long as you hire Salvadorans...you can then apply for Business Residency, Getting Residency of any kind is a long drawn out process in El Salvador, easier if you have Guatemalan residency. A friend of mine, an Ex Pat, Salvadoran wife but no residency owns and operates a Hotel and Hostel in San Salvador and would be glad to assist you with advices - Malcolm - Hostal Cumbres del Volcan - E mail info@cumbresdelvolcan.com We also have a good friend from Romania who owns and operates a Beach Resort West of La Libertad. He -Marius - returns in March - as Well Robert "El Gringo" Salvadoran/American owns a Hostel, Restaurant, Bar and Tour Opreration in Suchitoto, El Salvador and is very helpful Contact Robert via his website www.theotherelsalvador.com The El Salvador "Ex Pat" Group on Facebook is probably the most supportive and least abrasive Ex Pat Group in Central America. Closed Group apply to join. Gluck haben.

El Salvador: looking for american job:

Sure if you speak fluent Spanish, have connections (cuello) and an invittion from a Company that will get you a work permit.... otherwise local English Academies will hire you at $5 a class hour working off the books, no benefits..etc. In the Call Centers of El Salvador are working for $600 Month unemployed Doctors, Lawyers, Engineers 100% bilingual, problem is they are over 35 years old and many replaced with younger workers, thousands of qualified bilingual or multilingual Salvadorans unemployed want an 'american job' stay in the usa!!!!!!

El Salvador: Moving:

If you two had Social Security and or pension amounting to plus $2,000 a Month for both of you, El Salvador would be perfect, even the Call Centers require you to be legally in El Salvador, resident with permission to work or work permit, average Salary in Call Centers $600 a Month, for 44 hours a week, Teachers in the English speaking International Schools need be certified Teachers at home and to apply 6 months in advance of School Year which begins late August as in USA, if you have money to invest and live on for a year you could open a small travel related business, the few luxury boats that are in El Salvador are docked at the Marina in Bahia de Jiquilisco, some 80 km. SE of the Capital City, I doubt there are jobs for Boat Mechanics, if you have no income nor substantial savings do not come expecting employment, especially do not sell your home stateside if you bring a vehicle you will have to matriculate it and pay high import taxes or take the vehicle out of country and return again and again. Unemployment is high here and as for teaching English in a small school with no work permit, you would have no benefits, long hours and low pay around $400 a Month or so, they have schools here that hire native speakers, pay low, benefits zero and high turnover! Many Ex Pats that come here are married to a Salvadoran, with family and connections, without those, would recommend an English speaking country where it is easier to get residency, Belize. Good luck.

Nicaragua: Bringing in personal items on a 90 day visa:

There are 2 crossings from Tapachula to the South Coastal Plain Costa Sur of Guatemala, Cd. Hidalgo-Tecun Uman is 30 km. out of Tapachula, most of the truck traffic goes through here, long bridge from Hidalgo, quiet town to Tecun Uman "Little Tijuana" lots of illegals waiting to cross to Mexico, lots of bars and 'houses of ill repute' don't hang around! The other border Talisman only 18 km. out of Tapachula more peaceful, very little truck traffic, if coming from Mexico with US or CAN plates you will need to purchase CA 4 insurance at Guat customs if you have CA 4 plates no problem, just a permiso paper for Guatemala, use Talisman if possible, if you are bringing in goods watch the corrupt Guate PNC at the checkpoints beyond the borders, there is a nice Beach near the MEX border and also Champerico, due south of Quetzaltenanago turn right (South) at km. 187, the Talisman border is km 252 from Guatemala City. If you have CA4 residency, no charges, foreign passports $10 USD for Tourist Card 90 Days CA 4 Guatemala, ESV, Honduras and Nica. If importing a car it needs to be 6 years old or less.I drove many times also lived in Quetzaltenango awhile and in those days we went shopping in Tapachula when it was cheaper, always used Talisman!!!

El Salvador: how to find a place to rent:

Are you in ESV now? Do you speak, read and write well in Spanish? There are Realtors and expect to pay a commission. Best on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays are the classified Ads in the 2 large ESV Daily Newspapers - Print, hundreds of Ads for Real Estate from apartments, Houses, Beach Houses-Ranchos in all areas of Metropolitan San Salvador, often for sale or rent directly from the owner, If you have no Spanish skills hire a native speaker to make calls for you and ask prices, if you have no vehicle hire a native driver-guide who speaks at least basic English. Also a good resource is the "El Salvador Ex Pats" Group on Facebook, lots of people on there who rent, all bi lingual, the Group is Closed so you must apply. There are Realtors on the Internet but initial f2f contacts are best. Nice homes in upscale areas go from $500/600 up a month, unfurnished, 1 Month's security and 6 Month contract, references required on house/apartment rentals.

Nicaragua: Nicaragua Schools:

Good post! Often 'connecting' with someone on an anonymous forum is not easy, on Facebook are now many Nicaraguan and Central American Facebook Groups where it easy to connect, if someone wishes to deal with me or vice versa I need a profile not blank name blank country of origin blank blank. At any rate if you are planning on relocating and have a target country or region it is best to travel there first, maybe stay 6 months and rent and if things do not work out, well it is a wide wide world. And yes many people in the USA have travelled as tourists, some come to a resort in the tropics and get 'tropical fever' and become as the Ex Pats say in CR "Pineapples" who see the new country through rose colored glasses with no knowledge of culture, customs, laws, beaurocracy, a Woman recently PM ed me she was bringing an RV and another vehicle in tow to "settle" somewhere in Central or South America, here they give the vehicle 45-60 days if you have foreign plates, otherwise you need matriculate if under 6 years old. One US Citizen went to Panama, rented some land and set down his RV with US Plates, in a few months Customs had the RV in tow! Those of you who wish your residency in Central America, Ecuador, etc. and are patient may then import a vehicle and household goods tax free. Good luck to all if you and hope you all find your Rincon (little corner) of Central America! Good information on the School in Granada, remember if bringing kids that "International Schools" abroad are quite expensive.

Nicaragua: Yet Another question - rentals:

Follow the advice on majicjack's very informative post, when I lived for awhile in Nicaragua in the 1990s had local contacts and I stayed in a hotel for a week, friends owned the hotel, went around with my local friend in his pick up and found a nice small apt in a private home $100 month, stay away from Gringo Realtors when you first arrive and still in culture shock and vulnerable, find an Ex Pat mentor not involved in Real Estate and make friends with locals and don't make your 'deals' online or in Gringo watering holes, anyway rent for the first 6 months at least and try to rent directly from owner. This applies worldwide and not just Nicaragua, overseas information and connections are as valuable as money. Buena suerte.

 

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