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by Keifer @, Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 13:40 (182 days ago)

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!

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by Gringo Viejo @, Kansas/Zihuatanejo, Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 14:35 (182 days ago) @ Keifer

Most jobs like that are taken by owner operators. Jobs paying what we would consider a living wage simply do not exist in Mexico, at least nothing comparable to NOB Example: I had two custom screen doors built and installed for 500 pesos. Screen doors, good wood, excellent craftmenship. Built from scratch. At least 20000 pesos in U.S. dollars in U.S.

Basic semiskilled labor here 2000 pesos a week, 2500 if you can find job.

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by PHIL @, Trinity, NC, Friday, May 17, 2019, 17:31 (180 days ago) @ Keifer

Make your fortune in Canada and them move to MX. Oh, you also should consider a few Spanish lessons while accumulating your cash.

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by frostbite ⌂ @, Hamilton MT, Friday, May 17, 2019, 17:57 (180 days ago) @ PHIL

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Friday, May 17, 2019, 18:56 (180 days ago) @ PHIL

Make your fortune in Canada and them move to MX. Oh, you also should consider a few Spanish lessons while accumulating your cash.

To me that would've been terrible advice. But then I always knew I'd rather be a poor man in the tropics than a rich man up north. I'd rather enjoy my life in a place like Zihuatanejo even if I had to struggle to make a living. No offense, but even though I had a terrific life with a good job, 401k and a promising future before coming here, every day of my life here is the best day of my life, and I have no regrets about anything I left behind. I'm not waiting to retire to enjoy myself. I've enjoyed myself my entire life living my own dream in one tropical paradise after another and following my own heart. I would've missed all that and probably be in jail or the mental ward for not conforming had I followed the path you suggest. I surely avoided some terrible fate. Working until I retired to enjoy myself in paradise would've been a life wasted and not well lived.

"I get the feeling that this is the last time in history when the offbeats like me will have a chance to live free in the nooks and crannies of the huge and rigid structure of an increasingly codified society. Fifty years from now I would be hunted down in the street. They would drill little holes in my skull and make me sensible and reliable and adjusted."
Travis McGee from "The Quick Red Fox" (1964) John D. MacDonald

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by nicatnit, Sunday, June 09, 2019, 13:04 (157 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Great Post! So many work their lives away, then when the time comes to enjoy the supposed fruits of their labor, they are unable to— due to poor health, or some other calamity, or not still being alive.

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Friday, May 17, 2019, 18:47 (180 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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by jaz, Saturday, May 18, 2019, 09:35 (179 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

My understanding is that you need to have temporary residency or permanent residency to work in Mexico and to get that there are fairly strict rules around that. The Mexican consulate will explain all that to you, your need for monthly income or independent wealth or property ownership etc. It is not as simple as just moving there and not coming back also think about medical coverage although I imagine you are pretty healthy at your age. Just a bit of info for you to check out and think about, but we totally understand your desire to be there.

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by PHIL @, Trinity, NC, Saturday, May 18, 2019, 11:23 (179 days ago) @ jaz

Rob, my prayers have been answered. We can make a movie about your life and both be rich.

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Saturday, May 18, 2019, 16:58 (179 days ago) @ PHIL

Rob, my prayers have been answered. We can make a movie about your life and both be rich.

Favor que me haces. ¿Se puede apurarlo? B-)

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Saturday, May 18, 2019, 11:43 (179 days ago) @ jaz

My understanding is that you need to have temporary residency or permanent residency to work in Mexico and to get that there are fairly strict rules around that. The Mexican consulate will explain all that to you, your need for monthly income or independent wealth or property ownership etc. It is not as simple as just moving there and not coming back also think about medical coverage although I imagine you are pretty healthy at your age. Just a bit of info for you to check out and think about, but we totally understand your desire to be there.

That's exactly how simple it was for me 30 years ago. Thanks much to my amazing wife and our wonderful friends in the right places.

No, don't get sick here. This is not a place to count on 911 emergency services or even adequate medical care. Our local hospital is remindful of something straight out of the 19th century. We may have internet, but we are mostly at least 50 years behind the rest of the "modern" world in most everything else. Just the way I like it. B-)