The Expat Files: Living in Latin America A guide to moving to Latin America, finding work, and settling in.

November 8, 2013  
-Part 2 of the shadowy story on how hazardous medical waste and medical nuclear waste are handled (and mishandled) in Latin America. Once hazardous waste gets trucked away from the hospitals and clinics its anyone’s guess where it ends up...
 
-If you are of the temperament to help a poor, needy, Latin or two… instead of donating to a high sounding NGO or wasteful, corrupt, organized charity (we expats see how well-manicured organizers tear around the country in shiny Range Rovers and bunk at first-world hotels) here’s a general suggestion that will make a difference to someone who really needs it.
   
-It’s a fact that many newbee green expats suffer initial culture shock. In the first few months many expats have moments of doubt and insecurity regarding the move and wonder if it really was the right thing to do. That’s why so many of us foreigners initially gravitate to other gringos and expats who are in the same boat. Just remember… if you don’t kick off the training wheels you’ll never get your bike up to speed.   
 
-As a first-world gringo or gringa, you can bet that at some time or another you will be asked by some Latin acquaintance (or co-worker or neighbor) to be godparent to one or more of their kids. This step should not to be taken lightly. In Latin America the godparent role carries much more responsibility than the uncomplicated, basically ceremonial role it has in the states. If you refuse the “honor”down here, its an insult to the family and may just cool the friendship forever. Note: there are few ways of getting out if it without too much embarrassment or permanent damage to the friendship…
 
-And now some little known and very hard to swallow facts about nuclear power generation in Latin America and some comments on the three countries that presently have operational nuclear power plants: Brazil, Argentina and Mexico.                 
-My January 2014 “Expat Wisdom” seminar is over half filled now. To check out the agenda and the signup details just click on the Latin American Seminar link on the top of the ExpatWisdom.com mainpage.
 
“AN EXPAT’S GUIDE TO FIRST-WORLD  HEALTHCARE IN LATIN AMERICA”That’s the name of my long awaited free report. It’s finally finished and will be available for a time at www.ExpatWisdom.com. Grab a copy and than compare how 21st century Latin American healthcare stacks up to your Heathcare in the states. Read it and weep! And remember the report is free(at least for now).
 
-Follow the link on the main page at www.ExpatWisdom.com to schedule a private consultation with me. If you want to discuss the details of living, working, playing, doing business and/or retiring in Latin America, now you and I can talk about your situation one on one.
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