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Fercho replied to the thread Driving To Guatemala from Canada on the Guatemala forum on November 24, 2014:
ddeubel initially posted:
Next week my wife and I will be driving to Guatemala from Canada (Ontario). Currently freezing to death up here. Wondering if members might share some tips about crossing the borders, routes, etc.... We have a lot of information but don't know what is current, correct etc... Might help others thinking of doing the same this winter season. We plan on only driving during the day. Staying at hotels. We are in no rush. Will most likely cross through Brownsville. Car is late model which we'll later import and keep at our house. Thanks in advance. DD
Fercho replied 7 hours ago with:
DD- I have traveled from DC to Guatemala many times. The best advice is to avoid Mexico City, go on the coast from Brownsville / Matamoros to Tuxpan, that will be your first day ( 101 to 180). Be VERY CAREFUL IN TAMPICO, the crooks have badges and drive cars marked POLICIA. It is also best to travel during the week so you can threaten to call your consulate, something that will be difficult to do on the weekend and more suceptible to their threats of holding you overnight. Tuxpan to Veracruz the second day. Clear roads (180). Third day stay on the 180 Veracruz to Acayucan, head south from there on the 185, it is a beautiful drive winding roads ( two lane one in each direction) until you get to Route 200 going East. Depending on trafic you might have luck in making it to Tonala if not then I advise you to find a decent size town as it becomes dusk and drive ONLY with daylight. From there the 200 is four lane divided highway some of the best you will have. TAKE CARE to not pass the station where you have to get your car deposit money back and make copies beforehand, they will ask for three copies and do not have a copier, this is so that you will frustratedly walk away from your deposit. The station has a HUGE mexican flag. I made the mistake of going to the border and having to trek back because they had recently moved and no one knew where it was. From Tapachula you can head to EL Carmen, the border crossing with GUatemala. DO NOT GET SIDETRACKED with all your new amoigos that will want to HELP you. The ONLY thing you have to pay is Q160 ( roughly US$20.00) for the temporary permit. However once you bring the car in Guatemala you will have to tag it with national tags IF you want to INSURE it. If not then you can just renew your temorary pass every three months but they drive like maniacs here so it depends on how risk averse you are. From El Carmen to Guatemala City it is four hours give or take depending on trafic etc. Take copies of everything drivers licenses passports, title and yes it is a good idea to list your belongings in Spanish. Best of luck my fellow traveler! If you need real estate help once here email me Fercho
ddeubel replied on November 18, 2014 with:
Thanks busman. Good to know. I'll look to pay the locals and let them help out. Seems the best bet. Just scraping off the car and warming it up before leaving this morning. Tentative route. North Bay - Toronto - Detroit - Cincinnati - Nashville - Little Rock - Houston - Brownsville - then we'll pick up a map in Mx and we'll see!
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AtitlanArtist replied to the thread richard sylvia hutchingson on the Guatemala forum on November 23, 2014:
debkinney initially posted:
deb kinney is looking for sylvia and richard who live in pana. will be visiting guatelmala jun 2014. lets link up.
AtitlanArtist replied on November 23, 2014 with:
The message has been relayed.
debkinney replied on November 23, 2014 with:
Oops. June 2015 ! Thank you for passing a message for me. I will be traveling with 2 American teenagers whose parents are from there. They have asked me to chaparone the girls. And since I'll be in the neighborhood need to say hello to Richard and Sylvia. Gratzie
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Paradoxica replied to the thread nurse in Antigua area on the Guatemala forum on November 22, 2014:
mgara07 initially posted:
Greetings! I am a young woman from Canada hoping to move to the Antigua area for a few years. I am a nurse, and looking for employment. Currently don't know a lot of Spanish but am determined to learn. Any advice or connections would be greatly appreciated!!
Paradoxica replied on November 22, 2014 with:
Hi! I might be able to help you but not for a few months as I am currently in the US for another month or so. I will private message you to set up contact and more details. Good for you for coming to Antigua! Good luck with the move. peace!
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The International Business Academy (IBA), located in the new and emerging business section of Guatemala City has been providing professional, business English training to local Guatemalan companies for the past nine years. We are looking for bright, young college students and recent graduates to be a part of our team!
DanRadin replied to the thread Antigua Taxi Driver Named George on the Guatemala forum on November 19, 2014:
DanRadin initially posted:
I am living in Panajachel. Last week I was in Guatemala City getting my visa extended. I met a great taxi driver named George who drove me back to Antigua. He is originally from Chicago and he speaks perfect English, which is a big help since my Spanish is still pretty weak. I lost George's business card. Does anybody know how to get in touch with him? Alternatively, can anyone recommend a trustworthy taxi driver who can take me from Antigua to Guatemala City and back to pick up my passport?
DanRadin replied on November 19, 2014 with:
Great. Thank you!
julieakucera replied on November 19, 2014 with:
Talk to Marleni at Chez Daniel. She has obtained GREAT drivers for us in the past!
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DanRadin 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
DanRadin replied on November 17, 2014 with:
Hi Poppy, I teach at a non-profit school in Panajachel on Lake Atitlan. We use an American-based curriculum all taught in English. Many of our students are from ex-pat families and some of the wealthier locals or those who have gotten scholarships. However, one thing that makes our school unusual is our ESL program. Every year, at about this time, the local public school year ends. At that time, a new cohort of local students (mostly indigenous) enters our school. Many are supported through scholarships. We have an ESL specialist who works with this new cohort on integration into the general student body. They work all through the summer so that they are ready to be fully integrated with their English speaking classmates when they return at the end of August. It has been a very successful program and I think that it says a lot about the philosophy of this school. The current ESL specialist is planning to move back to the United States with his wife to start their own family. This could be a good opportunity for you, with your particular personal history, to help other Guatemalan children broaden their horizons and open up to new opportunities in life. The school is called Panajachel Colegio Internacional (PCI). You can find it on the Internet. I recommend that you contact them if you have an interest.
ppereira replied on October 31, 2014 with:
Hi Puppy, I am from Guatemala and now I live in England. There is a webpage called where you can find forums for volunteering in Guatemala 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
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ONTNO1 replied to the thread Help in Antigua on the Guatemala forum on November 17, 2014:
nickz initially posted:
My wife and I visited a coffee plantation in Antigua, Guatemala a couple years ago and bought some coffee jam. Unfortunately we forgot it was in our carry-on and TSA took it when we came back to the states without us ever getting to try it. We've been stuck wondering if it was any good ever since. I've tried buying from them online and over the phone but they only will sell it in person. I'm looking for someone to pick up a jar and ship it to me in the States. Let me know if you are interested. I'd greatly appreciate it. Thanks -Nick
ONTNO1 replied on November 17, 2014 with:
You can get good coffee jam at I can't discern a difference between theirs and the Guatemalan brands I've tried, and shipping may be simpler than from Guatemala.
nickz replied on November 17, 2014 with:
bajasur & busman7 - Thank you. I've thought about flying down myself but with round trip flights costing $550+ (not including travel to LA & housing while in Antgua) paying the shipping, while less exciting, is less expensive. AlPavarotti - Thank you. I'll check them out. kgriff - Thank you. Just PM'd you back a little earlier.
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DRThomas replied to the thread Thanksgiving dinner? on the Guatemala forum on November 15, 2014:
DRThomas initially posted:
Does anyone know of a restaurant serving Thanksgiving Dinner, preferably in the Antigua area?
DRThomas replied on November 15, 2014 with:
Fantastic! Great news! Boquete, Panama, is a small town. It served at least two dinners, and one was easily one of the best Thanksgiving dinners I ever got a lip-lock on.
bajasur replied on November 15, 2014 with:
Epicure Restaurante in Antigua has a great dinner. Or you can buy all the fixin's there as well and have dinner at home.
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zaqwsx replied to the thread For Soontobeexpat on the Guatemala forum on November 13, 2014:
Poston67 initially posted:
What did the furnished apt with Internet cost you in Antigua? I found a place for $400.00 with meals and laundry but don't know about Internet yet. I arrive Thursday.
zaqwsx replied on November 13, 2014 with:
The cheapest and best housing for a new comer is the Spanish schools they rent by the week I would start with La Union on 1st ave and go from there (last count there were 117 schools in Antigua). With 20 hours of spanish lessons a week this should cost you around 2 $250.00 a week including meals. Do not go to the real estate agents in Antigua they will try to rape you. I rent a house with a nice garden for $300.00 a month the property next door is smaller with no garden and the realitors want $1200.00 a month rent and they will get it until the person realizes he is being screwed. This is a country of relationships. Pay your spanish teacher to go around the neighborhoods with you and ask the small shop owners who has a place empty. for the gated communities, stop at the gate and give the guard q50 and ask what is available. You are far better off renting unfurnished. You can buy real wood furniture behind the market for very little and a bed delivered from Walmart. You can also check the internet want ads at
bajasur replied on November 12, 2014 with:
I also live in Antigua. I pay $400 for a loft apartment hot water heater, all utilities except gas for cooking and hot water. Cable, Wi-Fi, elc., water, trash. Nine blocks north of central park. My 1st apt. was $550, 2nd $700 and now $400 and the best of them all.
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AtitlanArtist posted Job Opportunity with Amigos de Santa Cruz on the Guatemala forum on November 11, 2014:
Job Opportunity with Amigos de Santa Cruz Product Development, Marketing and Communications Coordinator Santa Cruz la Laguna, Sololá, Guatemala Amigos de Santa Cruz has been working in the six remote communities of Santa Cruz la Laguna on or above the shores of Lake Atitlan in the Central Highlands of Guatemala for the past 15 years. Our mission is to help improve the lives of the people of our communities through support for education, better health, a cleaner environment, and economic development. AMIGOS focuses on this one small corner of the world to help break the generational cycle of poverty. We are a small organization that has a history of accomplishments, and an excellent relationship of respect and trust among the communities we work with. Our four program areas include: Vocational Training and Economic Development, Nutrition and Health, Youth Leadership and Sex Education, and support for Formal Education (scholarships and early education initiatives.) We serve a total indigenous population of approx. 6,000. AMIGOS is currently seeking a Product Development, Marketing, and Communications Coordinator to work in our growing Social Enterprise as part of a team together with our Store Manager and Production Coordinator in our Artisan Program with indigenous women artisans. The position reports directly to the Director of our vocational training center (CECAP) but will also work closely with AMIGOS Program Director. The ideal candidate will be dedicated to our mission and have a passion for helping others to help themselves. He or she will assure efficient and effective operations and high quality product development. The position offers opportunity for professional growth, travel and great personal satisfaction. Job responsibilities include (but not limited to): • Developing and sourcing new product designs • Managing and soliciting wholesale orders • Developing new wholesale clients • Overseeing product development in our retail store • Developing marketing materials and products for local events • Developing an online catalog • Managing social media, group visits, and on-site tours • Work in our retail store as needed Job requirements: • Minimum 2 years’ experience working with Artisan Products and Designs • University studies in Design, Marketing, and/or Communications • Ability to communicate well both written and verbally • Self-motivated • Ability to work both independently as well as part of a team effort • Experience working with a multi-cultural staff • Desire to contribute to the overall economic development of an impoverished community • Excellent human relations and a positive attitude • Must be bilingual in Spanish and English • Previous experience living or working in Guatemala or a developing country preferable Salary commensurate with experience but is relative to Guatemalan salary standards. Position available immediately, but will be filled when we find the right person for the job. Before applying, please visit our website at www.amigosdesantacruz.organd familiarize yourself with the organization. To apply, please send your cover letter and resume to: Program Director 
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