Guatemala City, Guatemala
Guatemala City, Guatemala
Guatemala City, Guatemala

Guatemala City, Guatemala

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Sep 24, 2021

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Guatemala City, Guatemala: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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Will I be able to find a job in Guatemala City?

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When we asked people about industries and career opportunities in Guatemala City, they reponded:

"More int'l job opportunities in Guatemala focus around NGOs, education, and science," explained one expat.

What do expats in Guatemala City appreciate most about the local culture?

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"Weather is nice. There are some nice places to visit (lakes, vulcanoes, coastal area)," remarked another expat in Guatemala City.

What do expats find most challenging?

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"Security (18 murders per day, many robberies), understanding people (learning a new language), not working," remarked another expat in Guatemala City.

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000. Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Some of Joshua's more popular articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 8 Best Places to Live in Croatia and the Living in Mexico Guide. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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