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Guinness
4/21/2014 11:35 EST

My wife and I are considering relocating to Panajachel but are understandably nervous as neither of us have lived and worked outside the United States. My wife has been to Lake Atitlan several times, loves the region and speaks fluent Spanish, but it will be my first time in Guatamala. I've only been to Central American once - on vacation in eastern Costa Rica, and it ranked below the times I've spent in Buenos Aires or European destinations. But I want to expand my experiences and comfort zone.

My professional work is mostly in online communications, so reliable internet is essential, with enough bandwidth to Skype with colleagues back in the U.S. I am also curious about the weather. I understand it is very moderate (60-75F) most of the year, which is nice since I don't do well in hot climates or in direct sunlight. (I'm Irish by ancestry, with the accompanying pale skin.)

Am I being overly worried or would this be a difficult transition? The town sounds welcoming and I'm reassured with there apparently being a large expat community, but as noted, this would be a extraordinary experience for us, especially me. Moving is generally a tiresome endeavor, and this would be to a new country.

armandatitlan
6/2/2018 23:18 EST

The best school is always relative to how you distinguished them and to what. But for sure Antigua as private expat schools with more children than in Panajachel and maybe more capacities to have better educational team.

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Gloria1021
6/2/2018 19:10 EST

I also have similar aged children. Is Antigua the place with the best schools? That is my main concern.

armandatitlan
4/29/2018 12:47 EST

I have 2 daughters borned and raised on the lake.. They are now 16-18 and they had the great experience growing in the living Mayan culture and expat communities.. Health care never been and issue .we have local and expat heatlh insurance.. School we had them in Escuela Caracol in San Marcos La Laguna until 6th grade then in PCI in Panajachel great school and environment .PM if you want more info

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