November 29, 2013
-Some very sobering business news coming out of Argentina (again). The news this week is we’re seeing reports of big, well-known foreign companies closing up shop and leaving the country left and right. They just can’t deal with the restrictive business climate, the unions, the 25% plus inflation rate and the currency controls.
-Some surprisingly innovative “world’s firsts” coming out of Latin America, something we would never expect.
-Expats with first world skills can land teaching jobs at Latin Universities that pay 50 to 100 bucks an hour! Sure it might only be part time work, but that means teaching but 5 hours a week means very big dough by Latin American standards ($1k to $2k a month part time). But you do have to be an expert in some technical, artistic or business field to land a job at a university. By the way, you won’t need to know any Spanish either… but…you just can’t blunder in thinking you’re gonna teach because you have a useless degree in communication, sociology, psychology, art history, drama or journalism (even an advanced useless degree). Latin folks with worthless degrees like that are a peso a dozen (like in the states). However if you have a track record back in the states, like an inflated wiki page or an unsuccessful book…one your mother bought the ten copies sold … well, the gringo advantage rides again!
-Soon after landing, new expats will be confronted with various multiple page contracts (in Spanish). You simply can’t avoid them. You’ll get a contract when you rent, get internet cable, smartphone service, cable or TV satellite…. even when you sign up for Mailbox Etc. Here are a few tips on how to maneuver in that contract minefield….
-The real scoop on cable and satellite TV in Latin America. How to get all of your favorite channels… in English
-My January 2014 “Expat Wisdom” seminar is all set to go so... and 3/4 filled. 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.