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Possibly Moving to the Progreso / Merida Area

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Possibly Moving to the Progreso / Merida Area

Post Posted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 7:37 pm

My husband wants to move us to mexico and I' am a little nervous about this. I have been to Merida, Progreso and the small villages that are near by and have also been from Cancun right down to Tulum. I love the mexican people and their culture, our Aunt moved to Chichilub and loves it. My worry lies with the kids I have 3 kids ages 15, 12 & 7, is there any sort of a future for Canadian children? I have heard that the mexicans only like to hire their own, have I been misinformed?? I would be looking at putting the kids in private schools or home schooling it all depends on what is available i guess. We would be looking around the Merida / Progreso area to live. Can anyone give me information or even their experiences with living in Mexico, I'm very torn about the whole idea, I love the people and culture but I'am very nervous about my kids with safety, education and their future. If it was just myself and husband I'd be moving tomorrow! lol

 

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Re: Possibly Moving to the Progreso / Merida Area

Post Posted: Fri Jun 05, 2009 10:17 pm

Is this a retirement move or will you need to continue working? Knowing that will help me answer some questions. Many families have done this and I would be happy to share some links of blogs for you to read and see how they went about it.

There is a certain level of monthly income (or savings/investments) which must be shown to Mexican Immigration once a year to prove that each family member is financially supported while living in the country. Wages are low. Earning money is not that easy in Mexico, especially these days, but it's a wonderful place to retire or to telecommute from. The children will pick up Spanish quickly.

 

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Re: Possibly Moving to the Progreso / Merida Area

Post Posted: Tue Jun 09, 2009 3:36 pm

- Canexican

Is this a retirement move or will you need to continue working? Knowing that will help me answer some questions. Many families have done this and I would be happy to share some links of blogs for you to read and see how they went about it.

There is a certain level of monthly income (or savings/investments) which must be shown to Mexican Immigration once a year to prove that each family member is financially supported while living in the country. Wages are low. Earning money is not that easy in Mexico, especially these days, but it's a wonderful place to retire or to telecommute from. The children will pick up Spanish quickly.




My husband is wanting to take his electrical company down there, we have been told that we would do well .... We know a fellow Canadian down there that runs a concrete business and teaches the Mexicans the proper way of doing it and he suggested that we do the same and begged us to come as soon as possible ..... It's tough cause you don't know what to believe and I'd hate to give up everything here if it won't work out down there ... I would love some links so i can research as much as possible before making a decision...

 

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Re: Possibly Moving to the Progreso / Merida Area

Post Posted: Tue Jun 09, 2009 4:26 pm

Yes, that's a big decision for a family and you are wise to do as much research as possible. The economy in Mexico is not what it was last year at this time and business has slowed down, nationwide. We certainly hope that changes soon.

My suggestion, based on my personal experience here in Mexico, would be take a trial run to make sure it's all that you expect. Take a leave, if you can arrange it, and spend a few months checking it out. Your friend should be able to find you a reasonably priced rental since he knows the area. Being from Alberta, you may find the hot, humid weather intolerable in Merida in the summer. Guaranteed, you will LOVE the winter weather though!

Aside from cultural differences, I think the biggest hurdle would be not speaking Spanish, especially if your husband wants to have a business there. It is really important to be able to communicate in the local language. Here is an article I came across which you might find useful, with a list of cultural comparisons. And a very good article on the cost of living in Merida. Hope this helps some.

www.yucatanliving.com/...ucatan.htm

www.mexconnect.com/art...ted-states

 

Canexican
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Re: Possibly Moving to the Progreso / Merida Area

Post Posted: Thu Sep 03, 2009 7:07 pm

From my experience, it will be a challenge working in the trades without Spanish, especially since you'll be competing with established locals. But you certainly have an advantage in your concrete friend if he's established.

Canexican is dead right -- try it out first, for as long as you can manage. And even if you do take the plunge, remember... you can always do something else. Nobody pulls the plug on your options after you make a move like this, and even if it fails, it's life experience that you... and your kids, I think... will always value.

 

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