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Expat Guide to Living in Bogota

Whether you're already living in Bogota or preparing to move to Bogota, our Expat Guide to Living in Colombia offers articles and reports submitted by expats about expat life in Bogota. For answers to specific questions, visit our Colombia Forum to talk with expats in Bogota.

Expat Colombia: 10 Tips for Living in Bogota

Expats offer advice for others considering a move to Bogota, Colombia. Topics include safety in Bogota, best neighborhoods for expats, international schools in Bogota and more.

Living in Colombia: Finding the Charm in Bogota

At first view, Bogota reminded Kathleen Peddicord of some West Baltimore neighborhoods (where she grew up). But, she found old Bogota to be charming. "While modern Bogota is urban sprawl defined, old Bogota is the most impressive and extensive collection of Spanish colonial structures I've seen," explained Peddicord.

Culture Shock in Bogota, Colombia

An expat in Bogota, Colombia provides some perspective on the process of settling into the Colombian culture, and the value of having lived abroad before.

Culture Shock in Bogota, Colombia

A woman who was born in Colombia and left when she was four years old moved back 58 years later to search for a place to retire. The challenges for her are getting a better grip on the language, making friends, learning to pace herself, and being patient and tolerant.

More Culture Shock Reports for Bogota

Culture shock is part of the settling in process. Knowing the different phases of culture shock and how other expats in Bogota handle it can be very comforting. Below are some of the responses from expats in Bogota:
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Living Overseas Report

What are people's priorities in Bogota - work? family? socializing? What are the best ways to meet other expats? Are people accepting of racial, cultural and religious differences? Help other expats and people moving to Bogota by filling out our Living Overseas Report.

Submit a Living Overseas Report

Moving Overseas Report

What should you take with you when you move to Bogota? What should you leave behind? What type of housing and neighborhoods are typical for expats in Bogota? Help others moving to Bogota by filling out our Moving Overseas Report.

Submit a Moving Overseas Report

Reviews of Schools in Bogota

Reviews and school profiles from expat parents and even a few school administrators in Bogota. Great place to find insight into school facilities, teachers and curriculum. Below are some of the reviews from expats in Bogota:
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Dream vs. Reality Report

Most expats have have "dreams" (and fears) about the expatriate experience before they moved to Bogota. If you are already living in Bogota, 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 Bogota by filling out our Overseas Retirement report.

Submit a Retire Abroad Report

Having a Baby in Bogota Reports

How did expats choose their doctors, midwives, hospitals? What is childbirth like in Bogota? Below are some of the reports from expats in Bogota:
Submit a Having a Baby Abroad Report

Working in Bogota Reports

What's it like to find a job in Bogota? How difficult was it to obtain a work permit? What types are jobs are typical for expats in Bogota? Below are some of the reports from expats in Bogota:
Submit a Working Abroad Report
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8 Expats Share What It's Like Living in Colombia

Expats in Colombia talk about what it's really like living there - deciding where to live, the pros and cons and more.
Expats in Colombia talk about what it's really like living there - deciding where to live, the pros and cons and more....

Best Places to Live in Medellin, Colombia

Here are the best places to live in Medellin, Colombia, based on the recommendations of expats that already live there. There are options for a variety of budgets in this now popular destination in Colombia.

Here are the best places to live in Medellin, Colombia, based on the recommendations of expats that already live there. There are options for a variety of budgets in this now popular destination in C...

Cost of Living in Medellin, Colombia

Expats in Medellin enjoy a far lower cost of living than in major cities in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. However, work is scarce and low pay unless you are transferred there by a large company, so you'll need an established income stream to make it as an expat in Medellin.

Expats in Medellin enjoy a far lower cost of living than in major cities in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. However, work is scarce and low pay unless you are transferred there by ...

Retirement-In-MedellinAn Expat Shares What it's Like Retiring in Medellin, Colombia

A retiree in Medellin talks about loving life in Medellin - it's been a great change of pace for him and his wife. He says that while some expats live on $1,500 per month, others live in $3,000.

A retiree in Medellin talks about loving life in Medellin - it's been a great change of pace for him and his wife. He says that while some expats live on $1,500 per month, others live in $3,000. ...

Moving-To-CartagoAn Expat Talks about Moving to Cartago, Colombia

An expat in Cartago, Colombia has found a little bit of heaven living in Colombia. He appreciates the much lower cost of living and admits he lives like a king in Colombia for $2,000 a month. He advises others moving to Colombia to bring only the necessities and buy furniture there.

An expat in Cartago, Colombia has found a little bit of heaven living in Colombia. He appreciates the much lower cost of living and admits he lives like a king in Colombia for $2,000 a month. He adv...

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