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Expat Guide to Living in Guatemala City

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

Culture Shock in Guatemala City, Guatemala

My biggest problem was understanding that I was no longer in the U.S. and had to accept the way things were done in Guatemala or leave. That took at least two to three years of banging my head against the wall before I accepted that things run differently here.

More Culture Shock Reports for Guatemala City

Culture shock is part of the settling in process. Knowing the different phases of culture shock and how other expats in Guatemala City handle it can be very comforting. Below are some of the responses from expats in Guatemala City:
Submit a Culture Shock Report

Living Overseas Report

What are people's priorities in Guatemala City - 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 Guatemala City 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 Guatemala City? What should you leave behind? What type of housing and neighborhoods are typical for expats in Guatemala City? Help others moving to Guatemala City by filling out our Moving Overseas Report.

Submit a Moving Overseas Report

International School Report

Parents are invited to answer questions about the schools that their kids attend (Pre-K through High School) in hopes of helping others moving to Guatemala City with the school selection process. If you have expat children who attend school in Guatemala City, take a few minutes to submit a School Review.

Submit an International School Review

Dream vs. Reality Report

Most expats have have "dreams" (and fears) about the expatriate experience before they moved to Guatemala City. If you are already living in Guatemala City, share how those "dreams" have been fulfilled, and how they have not by filling out our Dream vs. Reality Report.

Submit a Dream vs. Reality Report

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 Guatemala City by filling out our Overseas Retirement report.

Submit a Retire Abroad Report

Having a Baby in Guatemala City Reports

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

Working in Guatemala City Reports

What's it like to find a job in Guatemala City? How difficult was it to obtain a work permit? What types are jobs are typical for expats in Guatemala City? Below are some of the reports from expats in Guatemala City:
Submit a Working Abroad Report
Expatriate Health Insurance

Get a quote for expat health insurance in Guatemala from our partner, Cigna Global Health.
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Culture-Shock-in-QuetzaltenangoAn Expat Talks about Culture Shock & Living in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

An expat living in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala talks about the culture shock she experienced when she moved to Guatemala. Her biggest challenges was getting used to cold showers! She advised newcomers to be friendly, interact with locals even if you only speak a little Spanish, speak more quietly and be gracious.

An expat living in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala talks about the culture shock she experienced when she moved to Guatemala. Her biggest challenges was getting used to cold showers! She advised newcomers ...

Living-in-Santa-Cruz-La-LagunaAn Expat Discusses Living in Santa Cruz La Laguna, Guatemala

An expat from France offers some quick insights into what it's like to live in Santa Cruz La Laguna, Guatemala.

An expat from France offers some quick insights into what it's like to live in Santa Cruz La Laguna, Guatemala....

5 Important Tips about Healthcare for Expats in Guatemala

Expats in Guatemala have a variety of healthcare options available to them. Understanding what is available is a critical part of preparing to move there. Advice about proximity of care and prescription medications in Guatemala is also provided by expats living there.

Expats in Guatemala have a variety of healthcare options available to them. Understanding what is available is a critical part of preparing to move there. Advice about proximity of care and prescrip...

Moving to Guatemala: 7 Things to Know Before You Move to Guatemala

Expats that move to Guatemala do so to enjoy a beautiful country where the cost of living can be dramatically different than the rest of the world. However, it's important to understand all of the details of living in Guatemala before moving there.

Expats that move to Guatemala do so to enjoy a beautiful country where the cost of living can be dramatically different than the rest of the world. However, it's important to understand all of the de...

Top 5 Reasons Expats Move to Central America

From lower cost of living to affordable healthcare and beachfront living, expats discuss the top reasons they moved to Central America.
From lower cost of living to affordable healthcare and beachfront living, expats discuss the top reasons they moved to Central America....

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