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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Friday, May 17, 2019, 18:47 (92 days ago) @ Keifer

I am from Canada, 23 years old, looking to move to zihua since I love it so much. In Canada I am a heavy equipment operator operating skidsteers, excavators, and loaders. I am open to any type of job and am not picky. I speak very little Spanish. Thank you All!

After first living here for 6 months with my family back in 74-75, I came here 30 years ago with a paycheck in my pocket, a decent education and about 15 years of work experience in a variety of trades. I'd left my excellent job with a future telling them if I'm not back in 3 weeks hire someone else. My education was what came in the handiest. Being flexible and willing to learn new "tricks" is essential to doing what you're trying to do. But then I fell in love with Zihuatanejo even though I had to live without simple things like water and electricity the first time I lived here, when I also met the girl who 15 years later would become my wife. This is not an easy place for a young person if they are undisciplined because you can easily end up dead if you lose your patience or temper or don't measure your words under certain circumstances.

Construction workers are pretty much all unionized here, and a foreigner would have a hard time filling a job that a local needs. Seniority has preference.

Without being able to converse in Spanish you place yourself at a great handicap. So first order of business is to at least become conversational, starting simple even if it's only at a child's level and working your way up. Once you NEED to understand and speak it, unless you rely on a translator, you will pick it up fast. I carried a Larousse American Heritage English-Spanish dictionary around with me almost everywhere for my first couple of years here. I also watched at least one TV program a day, usually news or sports, until I could follow some of the old classic movies with Tin-Tan, Jorge Negrete, Cantinflas, Pedro Infante, Pedro Armendariz Jr., Dolores Del Río, and María Felix. By the time you can follow Cantinflas you should be able to speak and understand Spanish fairly easily.

You can try contacting construction offices to see if they're hiring foreigners with your skillset, but you may have better luck getting a foot in the door here by working in the service industry instead of construction. Go to the Oficina de Personal or Recursos Humanos at the various hotels and see if they have anything you can do. A lot of foreigners seem to drift into time-share and real estate.

The first thing likely to happen is you will meet a beautiful girl who will let you spend all your money on her. I've lost count of how many times I've seen that movie. Contrary to popular belief, bars are rarely a good place to meet people you want to have lasting relationships with.

The best place to get the ball rolling so that you CAN work here is at your nearest Mexican consulate or embassy.

Here's a little bit of my story that you might enjoy, though I doubt it contains any useful information. Just a bunch of yucky romantic and boring nostalgic stuff.

The Luckiest Gringo in Mexico (Parts 1 & 2)


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