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bmildren
11/26/2006 16:44 EST

I have been offered a job in Guatemala City, but my husband and I are VERY concerned about the safety issues...on the U.S. State Dept. embassy website, it seems like everyday there is a violent crime against Americans. We would be living in Zone 14 or 15. If you have ANY information regarding the safety of these areas or the likelihood of violent crime, please let us know!!

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armandatitlan
11/27/2006 09:32 EST

Hi there,
Definitively Guatemala is violent, but I think you can still have a nice living experience here. I leave in the country side and I have 2 daughters 4 and 6 and we have a pretty life. Of course we have to be careful, use comon sense and avoid areas where the risks are higher. But either than that life is beautiful and this country as so much to offer. Now to leave in the city like any big ones you need to know how to move around, living in zone 14 and 15 shouldn't be a problem they are the safest ones. I don't think there is an attack on americans every day in this country, some times it is hard to see what is government paranoia and reality on these officials sites. I'm sure you can find fellows americans who can teach you the city but I'm pleased to offer you my experience if you need it.
Armand

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Kennor
1/15/2007 19:28 EST

I recently spent a week in zone 15. You will like it. It seemed very nice and most of the neighborhoods are gated or Condos with resident access only. There are very good restaurants and cafes and a large 3-story mall, etc. Felt much like the states. I will be moving there in the next several months, but I am following my heart, not a job.

Good luck.

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Maleena
12/29/2007 11:56 EST

Kennor,

Following up on your move. What is your experience like? My wife, son, and me are considering a move for work-related reasons. Any insights on Zones to live and enjoy a family atmosphere? Schools we should consider for our son? We read the information from the U.S. Department of State. Statistically, it appears no different than many states in the U.S. In some cases, it seems we have worst crime in certain parts of the U.S. In any event, we would like to secure your perspective having moved there.

Thank you in advance for your feedback!

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