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Matahari
4/30/2006 20:49 EST

Hi,
I am thinking of taking up a teaching job in one of a non profit org. school in Guatemala City.
I would really like to hear from those of you whom have lived there for quite a while. My main concern is, would it be safe for me as a single mother with 2 young boys, 4 and 16mths to live there? How does the society look upon the single mothers? Is it acceptable? I am an asian and someone mentioned to me that it is better off being others than caucasian.
Also, which area would be a safe neighbourhood to live in. Would it be easy to find an accomodation?
Or if there is any other thoughts and suggestions, it would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

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Rosguate
5/10/2006 23:22 EST

I am Asian currently living in Fairfax, Va bought a brand new 4 Br house in Pinares,San Cristobal last Nov contemplating to retire in Guatemala in few more years. This is just outside the City, my friend who is a local suggest this location to be nice,quiet, safe and is a gated neighborhood. What are you planning to teach? I need to learn the language .

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fisherlady28
5/15/2006 23:50 EST

Dear Matahari: I was very moved to hear that you are planning to relocate and teach in Guatemala. I am planning to travel to` Guate this comming summer and I will stay for one month I will be very happy to find out any information that could be useful to you. Please let me know what can I do to help.

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rbrianfain
5/21/2006 02:03 EST

Hi, I am not sure I am qualified to answer your questions, but my wife and I have just adopted from Guatemala and have spent a little over a month in GC and Antigua. we are absolutely in love with the country and would like to move there ourselves, but lack of a job there is prohibitiing us. From what we experienced, the people as a whole are the friendliest we've ever met; they invariably will drop everything to help someone in need. I would think you would have few worries. Our kids (all three) loved it there. My oldest (4 years old) begs us to go back. Good luck, and keep us updated on your move!

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