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Moving in a year or so
What up? I'm currently living in Phuket, Thailand but my girlfriend and I want to head out to Latin America in about a year and a half. We'd like to travel around a bit but eventually settle down somewhere and live for a while. I'd like some general information about cost of living and travel as well as info on employment. She trains EFL teachers and would like to keep doing that but wouldn't mind teaching English if that's all that's available. How well does teaching pay? What kind of lifestyle can you expect? As for me, I'm a qualified teacher but I'm a writer by profession. Are there many publications in English that I could find work with?
There are plenty of opportunities to write, from established English language newspapers, to travel magazines and inhouse publications. Also online sites need writers, and there are plenty of those.
Teaching pays well compared to many local jobs, but not too well according to international standards ($5 to $8 per hour normally). There could be a lot of oppportunity here in the call center industry, as Costa Rica is a hotbed for " near sourcing " and a large number of jobs are opening up for those who speak English. I am sure many companies will need people to work with their employees who speak and understand English but need to improve to a higher level.
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It's very interesting that your are from Thailand. Im from Costa Rica but Im living now in Beijing, China. I visited Thailand once ,not Pucket, desaffortunately.
In a month I wil come back to Costa Rica. I can say it is a very nice place to live, people are very happy like Thailand people. For you who can teach english is very easy to find a job.
The cost of living compare to other countries from Central American is higher but it is still cheaper for foreigners.
Travel is very easy, you can find very luxurious hotels as well very convenients like hostal or bed and breakfast. I m a tourist guide in my country and as soon as I arrive I will work as a guide. So, if you have any question don' t hesitate to write me. My email is rose_guendell @ hotmail.com. Nice to meet you and good luck. Let stay in touch.