Expat Guide to Living in Chile
Whether you're already living in Chile or preparing to move to Chile, our Expat Guide to Living in Chile offers articles and reports submitted by expats about expat life in Chile. For answers to specific questions, visit our Chile Forum to talk with expats in Chile.
If you're moving to Chile, this is a must-read article that covers it all - best places to live, healthcare, earthquakes, driving permits, schools and more.
Expats in Chile offer advice to newcomers about shipping to Chile, customs inspections and more.
5 expats talk about what it's like living in Chile. Expats appreciate the focus on family in Chile, the strong work ethic and the slower pace of life.
After considering their individual health, Expats moving to Chile should carefully consider the health care options where they'll live, and what else is available in the immediate vicinity.
Expats in Chile enjoy the stable economy, friendly people and relatively affordable cost-of-living. Many find becoming close friends with Chileans, who primarily socialize with family, a big challenge. But, the expat community in Chile is strong and offers a great support system for newcomers.
An expat in Puerto Varas, Chile talks about moving to Chile with a few suitcases and a shipping container coming in six months. She and her husband lived in temporary housing and investigated areas to live in the south of Chile such as Pucon and Puerto Varas. They love their spacious, new home with amazing views of the lake and volcanoes.
An expat who has lived in Santiago, Chile for 23 years talks about how the city has changed due to immigration and the fact that fewer people are religious.
More Culture Shock Reports for Chile
Culture shock is part of the settling in process. Knowing the different phases of culture shock and how other expats in Chile handle it can be very comforting. Below are some of the responses from expats in Chile:
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More Living in Chile Reports
What are people's priorities in Chile - work? family? What are the best ways to meet other expats? Are people accepting of racial, cultural and religious differences? Below are some of the responses from expats in Chile:
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More Moving to Chile Reports
What should you take with you when you move to Chile? What should you leave behind? What type of housing and neighborhoods are typical for expats in Chile? Below are some of the responses from expats in Chile:
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Reviews of Schools in Chile
Reviews and school profiles from expat parents and even a few school administrators in Chile. Great place to find insight into school facilities, teachers and curriculum. Below are some of the reviews from expats in Chile:
Dream vs. Reality Report
Most expats have have "dreams" (and fears) about the expatriate experience before they moved to Chile. If you are already living in Chile, share how those "dreams" have been fulfilled, and how they have not by filling out our Dream vs. Reality Report.
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Overseas Retirement Report
Retiring abroad can be a great option for retirees seeking their dream lifestyle at an affordable price. Help other retirees, who are thinking about retiring in Chile by taking our Overseas Retirement report.
Submit a Retire Abroad Report
Submit a Having a Baby Abroad Report
Having a Baby in Chile Reports
How did expats choose their doctors, midwives, hospitals? What is childbirth like in Chile? Below are some of the reports from expats in Chile:
Working Abroad Report
What's it like to find a job in Chile? How difficult was it to obtain a work permit? What types are jobs are typical for expats in Chile? Help others following in your footsteps by filling out our Working Abroad Report.
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Expat Chile: The Best Places to Live in Chile
Expats in Chile enjoy the country's beaches, beautiful cities and lower cost of living. Santiago, La Serena, Vina del Mar and other destinations top their favorite places to live in Chile.
Expat Chile: Living and Starting a Business in Chile
James Jones offers advice about starting a business in Chile. He says that the main thing to remember as an expatriate opening a business in Chile is that customer service is much desired. If you provide a top-notch service to Chilean people, you can expect your business to flourish rapidly.