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An Expat Talks about Living in San Salvador, El Salvador

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

San Salvador

How long have you lived there?

3 years

What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?

Beaches are a nice get away for whatever time you have. The British club is a nice place. Most resturants in the zona rosa are nice areas. Your church can be an excellent place to meet new people.

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In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.

The majority of San Salvador is Catholic. There is a presences of other dominations. From time to time there are demonstrations or strikes. Usually, a group trying to get further with there cause then what the government will negotiate. Most recent and ongoing is the medical/doctor's strike. The nation has changed its currency to the US dollar. This was a significant change for the people and for the economy.

What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?

Industries are from textile to food products. Career opportunities are few and inbetween and most are taken by influcencial persons. Most people will submit there resumes and seek the position that they are trying to get.

In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?

With a high and low class society it is difficult to provide priorities. The favorable sport is soccer (futbol). Family life and extended family life is active in El Salvador, no matter what class. Work ranges from bank employees to street vendors.

If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.

The climate is tropical, sunny, warm, and rainy. Only a light jacket during the winter rains will be needed. Negotiate where you plan to live and try to make your deal with the owner. Realtors get a commission for the owner and will try to get the best price they can for the dwelling. Crime is high and delinquency is high. Ensure your dwelling is very well secured and practice caution at all times.

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