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ppereira replied to the thread england to guatemala on the Guatemala forum:
poppy19 initially posted:
I was adopted from Guatemala when i was a baby and have been waiting to go back since, i would like to go for a year or more, at first i was looking at going with a volunteer group, as i would then have some kind of base. But in not as sure now, I'm studying to teach English as a foreign language other than that in not sure what i could do for work. Id be very grateful for any advice
ppereira replied 12 hours ago with:
Hi Puppy, I am from Guatemala and now I live in England. There is a webpage called www.couchsurfing.com where you can find forums for volunteering in Guatemala https://www.couchsurfing.org/group.html?gid=7830. Do you know Spanish? do you want to work teaching english? there are lots of opportunities in schools in the city. send me an email and good luck with going back... it is the most beautiful country ever! (but still a third world country).. Patty http://guatemalazest.weebly.com/
zaqwsx replied on May 09, 2014 with:
forget teaching English, the Spanish schools that also teach English want you to do it for free in exchange for spanish conversation or "experience" Even when your paid you are lucky to get car money. If yu do not speak spanish you can get 20 hours of private lessions and room & board with a family for $200.00 a week. I know people that rent for $200.00 a month and live well on $600.00 a month. If you need to work you want to find a job in England that you can do on the internet without going to the office. The people here that are making good money here are doing it with companies from home over the internet.
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ppereira replied to the thread Cost of Colonoscopy on the Guatemala forum on October 31, 2014:
AtitlanArtist initially posted:
Am wondering if any one here knows how much a colonoscopy costs?
ppereira replied 13 hours ago with:
Price will vary greatly if you go private or to the IGSS.. here are some links for you for a Colonoscopía Q975 Liga Nacional contra el Cáncer, 6a. Avenida 6-58, Z.11 (calle de acceso al Hospital Roosevelt) en horario de 7:00 a 11:00 horas Mayor información al teléfono 2417-2112 read more in Spanish at https://cgnnoticiasdeguatemala.wordpress.com/category/salud/
ppereira replied 13 hours ago with:
Price will vary greatly if you go private or to the IGSS.. here are some links for you for a Colonoscopía Q975 Liga Nacional contra el Cáncer, 6a. Avenida 6-58, Z.11 (calle de acceso al Hospital Roosevelt) en horario de 7:00 a 11:00 horas Mayor información al teléfono 2417-2112 read more in Spanish at https://cgnnoticiasdeguatemala.wordpress.com/category/salud/
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FrancescaW replied to the thread Studying and teaching in San Pedro or Xela on the Guatemala forum on October 27, 2014:
gma initially posted:
Can anyone recommend a Spanish school in either San Pedro or Xela where you can also work part-time teaching English? (preferably in a school) Also, I have read comments about San Pedro not being great for studying Spanish because there are a lot of ex-pats/travelers there speaking English. Would love to hear about relevant experiences in San Pedro and Xela. Thank you!
FrancescaW replied on October 27, 2014 with:
There's a wonderful Argentinian/French trained midwife who lives in Pana, but she is away in Kabul working with Medicine Sans Frontier. She'll be back in June though, so not sure if that is too late. Her name is Daniel Abadi and many mothers around the lake can vouch for just how wonderful she is! Send me a pm if you would like her email address. The lake is wonderful and many foreigners have their babies here!
gma replied on October 27, 2014 with:
thank you, FrancescaW, for your response and the information. Do you feel Xela is better because there are many ex-pats in San Pedro? Is the English-speaking really pervasive in San Pedro?
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busman7 replied to the thread Using visa extension services on the Guatemala forum on October 25, 2014:
JamminJimmy initially posted:
I have spent my winters in Guate for 14 years and have used the visa extension or new visa services from people who make the trip to the Mexican border for you. They carry your passport (and many others), bribe the Guate and Mexican border guys who do the stamping, and you are all set for another 90 days. Recently, when flying out of Guate, the migration did the usual scanning of my passport and looked through the pages. They found some stamps exiting and entering Guate that were not in the computer system. Most likely because they were bought with bribes and never entered. Soooo, she asked me where I went when I left Guate on such n such a date. I played dumb like I couldn't speak Spanish and she let me through. I understand that Guatemala and Mexico are now using computer systems to track visas. Maybe part of the big campaign to eliminate corruption. To eliminate future problems, I renewed my passport(Canadian). Has anyone had similar problems? Entering or exiting Guate or Mexico through airports?
busman7 replied on October 25, 2014 with:
Who cares if it works, which it did for years. What I find hard to believe is someone posting (YELLING) all in caps and expecting to be taken seriously!
chriscrichton replied on October 24, 2014 with:
I CANT BELIEVE SOMEONE WOULD DO THAT ! THAT IS AGAINST THE LAW ! YOU ARE ASKING FOR TROUBLE YOU CAN GO TO PRISON OVER THAT ! I WOULD NEVER GIVE MY PASSPORT TO ANY ONE OR TAKE SOMEONE ELSE PASSPORT TO BRIBE AN OFFICIAL ! VERY DISHONEST !
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alabama replied to the thread Airport pick-up service on the Guatemala forum on October 22, 2014:
alabama initially posted:
Hello Looking for airport pick-up service plus overnight stay with next day transport to bus station. Recommendations for bus or shuttle service? Which is better GC to Xela or GC to Antigua first? Will be attending Spanish school in both places. Thanks.
alabama replied on October 22, 2014 with:
Thank you peabody ??
peabody replied on October 22, 2014 with:
Try Patricia's Guesthouse in GC, 2261-4251 or website www.patriciashotel.com or if Pat's is full, try Hermano Pedro, 2261-4181. Both are near airport in Zona 13 and will take good care of you for reasonable rate. They will fix you up with good transport next day directly to Xela most probably. Buena suerte.
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iguanalover replied to the thread mailing a package to travelers passing through LakAtitlan or Antigua by road on the Guatemala forum on October 21, 2014:
lifelonglearner initially posted:
This is not directly an expat question but I thought Expats might be experts-I'm trying to send a package to my son who is traveling through Guatemala. Is there any US related business that might reliably provide storage or receiving services for packages? Since he won't be staying in Guatemala but is rather vacationing there, will there be customs duties imposed? He will take the contents with him when he leaves the country. How do we code packages like that? I'm trying to make sure he gets the package and that it goes as smoothly as possible. Thank you if you can help.
iguanalover replied on October 21, 2014 with:
You would have to use FedEx or DHL or something like that unless you know someone with an address who will hold it for him. It can be very expensive. Customs duties are collected whenever they can, visa status doesn't matter. Scan and send a copy of the receipt or else customs will make up their own price and charge accordingly. If you send a package, sent in a plain box without any kind of commercial markings. If it says Amazon on the box, it will get noticed. If you send more than three of any given item, they can claim it is for commercial use.
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busman7 replied to the thread US Expats - Are you in enrolled in the STEP program? on the Guatemala forum:
kweary initially posted:
Just curious if the US Expats here are enrolled in the US State Department's STEP (Smart Traveler Enrollment Program)? If you don't know what it is info can be found here - https://step.state.gov/step/ I've been in Guate for 2 months and have not enrolled....I'm debating doing so. Thoughts? Is it helpful or just a big brother program? Thanks.
busman7 replied on October 21, 2014 with:
Canucks only get nailed $100 for renewing passports! $260 for a 10 yr one with only 32 pages :(
kweary replied on October 20, 2014 with:
Great tips and insights. Thanks all.
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rebjaynes posted santa ana neighborhood on the Guatemala forum on October 19, 2014:
It looks like rents are less in Santa Ana. Is it too far too walk to/from the center of Antigua? Is it not a "good" neighborhood? The plaza looks pretty uninteresting...but maybe it's just more "real" Guatemala than Antigua. Comments?
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armandatitlan replied to the thread Smoking/Non-Smoking on the Guatemala forum:
alabama initially posted:
Hello What is the policy of smoking in restaurants and other public places such as busses, shops? Is smoking allowed inside building during Spanish classes? Thanks.
armandatitlan replied most recently with:
No smoking in public areas, neither bars and restaurants.. but the police is not enforcing it so you can find places where smoking is tolerated.. but be careful.. you could be given an easy reason to cops to make some money...if they see you smoking where it is not allowed..
iguanalover replied most recently with:
Smoking is not allowed in public places in most of Central America. We don't see many smokers anymore.
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