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Posted by ZihuaRob from ( on miércoles, julio 02, 2003 at 09:47:00 :

In Reply to: We would love to relocate in Zihua posted by Phil & Michael from ( on lunes, junio 30, 2003 at 22:21:19 :

Hola Phil & Michael,

Compared to the humiliation and ordeal a Mexican must endure simply to visit the USA, it is relatively simple for a U.S. citizen not only to visit here but to move here. However, it is not usually so simple for a person from a "modern society" to actually live here, mostly due to cultural differences.

If your Spanish is fair and you make a good effort to use it then it will help you immensely in your daily dealings. It will also help you to gain respect among locals.

First you will need to get in touch with either the Mexican Consulate where you live, or with Migración here in Zihuatanejo once you are here to find out what the requisites are for residency and to get the proper extension on your tourist card (like a visa). You should inquire about either an FM2 or FM3. You can find additional info at the Migración website:

Regarding work, well, there really isn't any except what you make. Unless you've worked in a program abroad like the Peace Corps or Outward Bound I seriously doubt you would want to work in our local hospitals or that you would even be allowed to, but there are a number of public and private clinics and hospitals where you may at least want to have a look and maybe a chat with the doctors to see for yourself. The problem is that our doctors and health care workers are already underpaid, and our public hospitals are bureaucratic and administrative nightmares. But you can visit our Hospital General and Hospital ISSSTE as well as private hospitals like La Clinica de Especialidades, Hospital Montejano, and others in order to see for yourself what local health care services are like.

So one of your biggest challenges is going to be finding employment or a means of generating income. If you can provide a service that we currently do not have or fill a job that a Mexican is unable to qualify for then you've won half the battle.

Life is hard here and full of challenges. Zihuatanejo is certainly a beautiful place to visit and to be on vacation, but making a living here is another thing altogether, and giving up your life up north is something you should consider very carefully.

Four weeks is hardly enough time to get a feel for living here. Three months or so would be a better period of time for you to gauge what living here might be like for you, so as someone else suggested, before you commit yourselves you should try renting a place for 2 or 3 months to get at least an inkling of an idea of what day-to-day life is really like.

I wish you luck and happiness in whatever road you choose to follow.


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