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Looking to connect with Ex Pats living in Central America

Discussion forum for expats moving to or living in areas of North America not listed above (e.g. other Caribbean countries, Central American countries etc.)

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Looking to connect with Ex Pats living in Central America

Post Posted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 1:26 am

Smile I am so tired of reading bloqs by travelers, i.e., getting lost on chicken buses and winding up 150 klicks from their destination because they don't speak Spanish...and so forth.
Nor do I wish to communicate with knee jerk anti-americans or 9/11 conspiracy theory nutjobs who are desperately trying to relocate out of the US

Anyway, for those wishing to make the transition abroad I always advise...lo primero es lo primero, first things first, the language of your target country, if not English, most people in Central America, except for Belize, a former British Colony, do not speak English, unless you wish to live a gated community or condos with all other ex pats, one will need to be able to communicate..and chill out...pace of life is slower down here.
two-travel in person to your target country, look around, make valuable contacts and don't rely on the Internet 'cons' (many are ex pats or semi ex pats) selling real estate online.

There are not many so called honest attorneys either

AVOID signing up online for expensive 'relocation or real estate tours'!!!!

Upon arrival find a small B&B, Guest House or small Hotel...don't stay in a 5 Star Resort or Luxury Hotel, unless necessary on business, a great reference point to start your Central American research is Alpha Travel Guide portal....
www.alfatravelguide.co.../index.htm

GO from there..those who have the patience to do their research (homework) will be rewarded! If you feel you need coaching for your transition go to the ex pat portals and look for a coach then..my opinion is the less middlemen you involve in your affairs the more you save and the more you learn!

Join one of the several Hospitality Portals now up online, non profit, stay with locals or ex pat/volunteers world wide

If you make errors of judgement, mistakes, I've made em all..take them as learning experiences, not as failures.


Face to face, even with a real estate agent, you are able to size the other person up up and view land or properties you may be interested in.

Make friends with natives, not just English speaking hotel employees or guides and other ex pats who have made the transition, especially if planning to relocate with children, check out schools first.

I am also unable to share what is called ‘insider information’** to those on line who request it, especially anonymously. I have been ‘taken to the cleaners’ too many times in the past due to my own good nature. Check out on line portals and links, read the print guidebooks specific to your target country and do your own homework!

**One exception to this rule, those wishing to visit volunteer for worthy causes before or after relocation in Central America and can prove it to me!

One of my causes...eco/cultural tourism in rural El Salvador
contact me via the 'gmail dot com' e mail on the site....
For more information view:

www.geocities.com/welc...lsalvador/

Looking forward to meeting you…le esperamos.

ARDM
Asociación de Reconstrucción y Desarrollo Municipal
Barrio El Centro, frente al Parque,
Cinquera, Departamento de Cabañas, El Salvador, C. A.
Non profit organization registered in El Salvador, C.A.


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STEP INSIDE CENTRAL AMERICA as never before! Advice on Relocation, Trade, Travel, Volunteer Ops. centralamericatraveltips @ yahoo.com

 

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