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PeaceThePeasant posted Can a U.S. family of 3 move to Guate. on a monthly income of $750 on the Guatemala forum on September 16, 2014:
Can a U.S. family of 3 move to Guatemala. on a monthly income of $750. I don't believe my family income of $750 meets the residency requirements. Is there any way around this? Please advise.
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Soontobeexpat posted Health insurance in Guatemala on the Guatemala forum on September 15, 2014:
I've been looking into health insurance options In preparation for my move to Antigua and was wondering if anyone in the group could provide any recommendations. It seems like two of the biggest insurers are banks- G&T health insurance and Robles insurance from banco industrial I( I think). Does anyone have this insurance or insurance from another company they recommend? Approximate cost? Thanks!
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tjmoon replied to the thread Housesitters available on the Guatemala forum:
Moon1823 initially posted:
Hello, We're a Dutch couple in our fifties, looking for a housesit position in this beautiful country. Built up excellent references in the last 3 years in Central and South America. Currently staying in Antigua till half of september. Kind Regards Andre y Marie-Anne
tjmoon replied on September 14, 2014 with:
Please be in touch with me directly at traceyjmoon@gmailcom regarding a housesitting/petsitting beginning on October 1st at Lake Atitlan.
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satchue posted Teaching English in Antigua on the Guatemala forum on September 12, 2014:
Hi all. I did a search first but couldn't quite find the most up-to-date information so I thought I would ask here. I finished teaching English in Arequipa, Peru for 6 months and am looking to teach in Antigua or Xela soon. I will not be doing it for money. I have a TEFL Certificate and am a native speaker. I would greatly appreciate it if you could provide some names of English language institutes or other schools. I've compiled some (e.g., Maximo Nivel, Academia Europa, Escuela de Ingles Moderno Americano, etc.) but I'm not sure if I have the correct information. Thank you!
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armandatitlan replied to the thread Casa PANAR15, Panajachel on the Guatemala forum:
armandatitlan initially posted:
Ubicada en un barrio residencial, este recién construida casa de un lugar le ofrece las mas excelentes comodidades. Este barrio se llama Jucanyá, o Calle del Lago, esta propiedad totalmente equipada cuenta con 24 horas de seguridad, un hermoso jardín y un pasillo para que pueda ver los atardeceres. Esta casa está localizada a pocos metros del Lago de Atitlán, ideal para familias que tienen niños. La sala es bastante amplia con grandes ventanas para poder apreciar la belleza del Lago de Atitlán y sus volcanes. La cocina que esta muy bien equipada, cuenta con un desayunador. El área de lavandería tiene una pila y una lavadora. Esta casa cuenta con 3 cuartos, para familias grandes que buscan privacidad. Dos de los cuartos tienen closet y comparten el baño. El cuarto principal cuenta con baño privado y acceso directo al jardín, además de su propio baño privado. Renta: $850 (USD) para long term (6 meses mínimo). La renta le incluye: Cable TV, guardianía. Los demás servicios como gas, energía eléctrica, y demás deberán ser pagados por el inquilino. Se requiere un deposito reembolsable de $700 a $850, dependiendo de la cantidad de meses que se quede.
armandatitlan replied on September 12, 2014 with:
The rent have been going up because more people are coming looking for long term rental and the rental offer is not growing fast enough.. .so prices are going ..
ElizaS replied on September 12, 2014 with:
The rent is not twice what it should be. Rents in Pana on really nice places have been going up. I haven't seen the house, and I imagine you haven't either. So it is best to reserve judgment.
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Tex2Guat replied to the thread Water shortage on the Guatemala forum:
chasmcn initially posted:
Recent reports about water shortages in Central American have me being a bit more cautions about moving to Guatemala. What have you all heard, or is it affecting you in any way?
Tex2Guat replied on September 12, 2014 with:
Water security in Guatemala is not a problem if you know to take the time to investigate the situation in the area you choose to live, then take the necessary measures to overcome the shortcomings in the system. The water in our residential area is only on for less than half the time. Yet we hardly ever notice it. In fact, we lived here for several months before we even found out. This is done to keep from having to install the infrastructure that would allow the water provider to provide flow and pressure for all the houses at once. Instead, they have 'rolling water blackouts' that allow everyone to get sufficient water but not all at one time. All the houses have an in-ground 'cisterna' which is just a large 1300+ gallon cement tank with a booster pump and pressure tank nearby that pressurizes the water into the house when the 'city' water is not available. We found out after living here for several months, when we used too much water washing vehicles and watering plants/grass etc one day. Since then, we just check to see if the water is on before any large water usage. As long as the tank is nearly full, we don't worry about it. If it is lower, we postpone any water usage possible. We still take showers and wash, just no watering the plants or washing vehicles. And the great thing was that the water running out that day actually allowed us to meet a wonderful neighbor whose family are now great friends. They understood our problem and, having plenty in their cisterna, they ran a hose over to our tank and gave us enough to get by until the water came back on. Many houses here also have the roof-top cisternas, which are large plastic tanks that allow the users to even have water pressure should the power fail. They don't get a lot of pressure (it takes 2.31 feet of height to get 1 psi of pressure), but enough to wash hands and flush toilets. Showers are even possible with low pressure but possible. Sure beats hauling buckets of water just to flush. The best of all worlds is having 'city' water connected to a correctly piped underground cisterna and roof mounted cisterna to allow the city pressure to feed the house until pressure drops, at which time the booster pump and pressure tank feeds the house, unless electricity should fail at which time the roof-top cisterna continues to feed the household, though with lower pressure. And that also yields a safer solution since the user has in excess of 2000 gallons in case of emergency. Most 'westernized' households are woefully under prepared for a water or electricity shortage. Having lived through a horrible hurricane in Florida, I can say that I would have LOVED to have had water security at that time. Since then, I've never allowed our household to have less than several days drinking water on hand.
bajasur replied on September 02, 2014 with:
I've lived in Antigua for the past 3 years and in 3 different places. Iguanalover is right on in regards to infrastructure. In the 3 places I lived water pressure is low and sometimes there are outages for awhile.
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ddeubel replied to the thread Moving Soon on the Guatemala forum:
mweave63 initially posted:
Hello, I am interested in moving to Guatemala in the next 6 - 9 months. What would be the suggested amount of start cash I should have available until I find additional means to support myself and partner?
ddeubel replied on September 02, 2014 with:
Tex2Guat - Thanks for posting that. I lurk here and just get a bad taste in my mouth when those like driftr et al .... bitch and moan. I go by what my mother told me long ago - "If you don't have anything nice to say, shut the hell up". That said, I've just started working out of a new co-working space in Antigua. Nice place, great internet, people, location, price. Impact Hub so connected to a world community. We'll start building a nice community of digital nomads enjoying the best of both worlds and at the same time contributing to Guatemala.
Tex2Guat replied on September 02, 2014 with:
Finding work here can be challenging. First, you will want to make sure you have the correct visa for working (NOT tourist or rentista.) Their is work for English speaking persons, but you will find most of those positions to be quite low paying, as the market here does not command the high prices you may be used to elsewhere. If you have the ability to continue working online, that would seem to be the best alternative as long as you make SURE your new residence has good internet available. Trying to work at the internet cafes can be challenging when you cannot control the atmosphere. Wish you well. Hope you find the answers you are looking for. On a different note, don't get your feelings hurt by those trying to do JUST that. We've all had to learn to ignore some like driftersinc, who, according to his OWN previous post, "Don't worry about blocking me, I asked to have my account deleted. This place is 99% retarded questions and 99% retarded answers." If he really wanted his account deleted, why not just STOP the carping comments, choosing instead to only add information that is USEFUL when possible, then practice the fine art of silence. Some of that ilk are just frustrated "dog and manger" gringos who have come here earlier and don't want any other gringos to come and 'mess up' their wonderland. Wonder if he's trying to corner the market on 'retarded answers'...
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busman7 replied to the thread Can I buy property with an American bank account? on the Guatemala forum:
PapaPoopy initially posted:
I don't want to put my money in a Guatemalan bank account I don't trust it.. So can I buy it with my Bank of America account?
busman7 replied most recently with:
No reason except that B of A treats you like a drug dealer with questions that are none of their damn business, been there, told them to stick it and return my money, then went to a civilized US bank to wire the money to my Salvadorño attorney.
bajasur replied most recently with:
There's no reason you can't wire the money from BofA to your Guatemalan attorneys trust account for disbursement to the sellers attorney upon completion of the sale.
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property in GuatemalaUbicada en un barrio residencial, este recién construida casa de un lugar le ofrece las mas excelentes comodidades.
IamAmazing replied to the thread Where are all the expats located? on the Guatemala forum:
tokebi initially posted:
Hi, I've been living in Korea since 5 years ago, and before in the states another 4. I am guatemalan but I have absorbed the expat culture that I feel naked returning back to my own country. I am returning in December for an unknown period of time and I will like to have expat friends so I don't feel the "Reverse Culture Shock" as hard as I know it will feel. Any ideas?
IamAmazing replied most recently with:
Hi. I am not aware of a place in Guatemala City where expats hang out. You are welcome to come to the Red Star Bar in Zone 1. I am an expat myself and I encourage expats to come and relax and have a drink and some decent bar food. We have artisanal beer on tap as well as other brews in bottles. And our kitchen is clean and we use filtered water LOL. And we have been told we have the best bathrooms in Zone 1. And there is NO reggaeton or salsa in our bar. So all expats you are welcome to come and chill out and relax in our cool place. See you soon.
busman7 replied most recently with:
There is an American Legion branch in both Guatemala City and Antigua, Antigua has a breakfast for expats/visitors Thursday mornings at the Café Condesa. Just hangout in Antigua's Central Park in the morning, most expats wander through, sit on a bench and solve the world's problems.
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