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paulihrckejr
12/17/2015 15:04 EST

I'm a young 20 year old planning to move to Colombia in July of 2016. I am a U.S. Citizen and have lived in Bogota for 6 months this past year. I am completely in love and have made the decision to move there. My questions are how can I find jobs in Bogota once I live there? I have a room I'm staying with my friend who lives in the north of Bogota but eventually I'd like to be able to rent a room on my own. Am I able to get any jobs if I'm not a permanent resident or only have a student visa? And how much money should I have saved up before I move down there? I'd really appreciate anyone who can help answer my questions! Thank you

donchrisml
12/17/2015 16:11 EST

Hello Paul,

Do not worry about the bureaucratic obstacles (visas and so on). All this stuff has a more or less simple solution. I can help you one day with the paperwork if you need me.

The only issue down here in beautiful Colombia is to have a well-job. If you have that job or at least a binding job offer, the paperwork is not a big deal..

Congrats for your decision to come here. You are very young and this leap to Colombia surely is not a decision that comes easily but you will not regret you resort. If your really love this country, you will find a way to make your living here.

Apart from the job issue, what you need is a long-term perspective in this country (if you plan to stay here long-term).

Most young Americans I know work as English teachers. But is this really what you want to do for many years: or would it be better to invest that time in a university career or starting a business? That's up to you and nobody can answer you these questions, just you.

Well, as you tell us you are 20 years old, I highly recommend you, just come down here, open your eyes, live the Colombian spirit, be as open-minded as you can, get to know people here (and the beautiful Colombianas) and take your time to settle down and to make your strategy.

Take it easy and best regards,

Christoph Möller
Attorney at law officially admitted in Colombia

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paulihrckejr
12/17/2015 16:42 EST

Thank you for your helpful response. It was calming to read. The only thing I'm worried about is running out of money while I'm there. But I did teach english last time I was down there so it is a possible job for me again, I would like to look at different job options also though. I have two semesters of architecture study done. Would I be able to study at a university there without being enrolled in a U.S. university?

dliss62
12/17/2015 18:28 EST

I disagree….Paul is still a naïve young adult who is not making the best decision. Colombia is a beautiful place, but has many problems to include lack of opportunity, corruption and injustice. I know this because I lived and worked there for years in the criminal/legal field and have seen the underbelly of the beast. For us older experienced folks, we know the ways of the world and are less likely to be duped. I have a son Paul’s age and I would never allow him to do this, because he first has to grow up and take advantage of the opportunities/education the U.S. can give him. I would want my son to go to another country when is he is capable and knowledgeable. There is much evil in Colombia like in the U.S., but there is very little recourse unless you have money or are well connected. The financial pressures that Paul will face and the lack of “LEGITIMATE” opportunities can land Paul in serious and regrettable situation.
Let's also keep that many (young)Americans have disappeared in Colombia because they were in wrong place at the wrong time. I know this because I worked on those cases!

Stay home and vacation there Paul!

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