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arborg
4/24/2019 07:59 EST

Hi all,

For quite some time now I have been mulling over the idea of re-locating from my country and one of the options (to my mind) is Uruguay.
I am writing this so anyone can reply to me and help me get a feeler.

I have a family and would obviously like this move (i.e. if it ever materializes) to be as pleasant as possible and a step up in our lives.

My thoughts/questions here:

We don't speak Spanish.

How's the job market as regards IT?
What about child minding or a job in a school for my wife?

Alternatively, maybe I can find a nice property that we can live on and then rent out the extra rooms B and B style or something like that.
Can an expat live comfortably on that and how easy is it?
Not particularly choosy as to how I make a living.

What about good schooling for a 9 year old boy?
Also, there must be footy (soccer) practice in a club available for him or at any rate good sports opportunities.

Where would be the best areas for all of the above?

I know that the possibilities are vast but I am casting the net far and wide and hoping for some comments to give me some insights.

Thanks everybody.

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carlitos
4/24/2019 12:51 EST

Hey Arborg.

My opinion is that unless you are connected to uruguay, you should look harder for a place to relocate to.
Good luck.

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Vortice
4/24/2019 13:15 EST

Realistically you absolutely need to speak Spanish fluently. I cannot imagine a happy life here otherwise. Uruguay is becoming the Silicon Valley of the Southern Cone, with a direct fibre optic connection to Florida, Microsoft Headquarters, innovative programmers etc. As to wages, I am clueless, but assure you competition from Uruguayos in this up and coming field is fierce. Wages are generally very low unless one has a much needed specialty. Best earn your dollars abroad and spend them here if you wish to survive the highest cost of living in Latin America. Public schooling is in Spanish exclusively, except that English is now being taught as general curriculum. As long as he can communicate in Spanish, your 9 year old could not find a more futbol friendly country! Uruguayans live and breath futbol to the extreme! Making money from airbnb and such is very popular here (read: competition) and real estate is expensive relative to income potential. As for regions, that is for exploratory trips, but Montevideo, Atlatida and Punta del Este are favorite (and pricey) expat haunts. We did 4 years of internet research and trips to Uruguay before taking the plunge. Happy learning and good luck.

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VeroPuntadelEste
4/25/2019 08:29 EST

Hi,

I think Uruguay is a lovely country to move in. The economy is hurting right now and this is an electoral year. Too much is going on!
About schools and soccer , it’s a done deal . You’ll find both.
I’m about to move there as well, but go Punta del Este pursuing better quality of life.

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