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

September 1, 2013  

-I get many emails asking my personal ideas on sure thing start-up businesses with minimal capital outlay. Many of these emails come from stateside teachers who want to teach English a while, then after settling in eventually get into some kind of business. But what kind of business might they be suited for? Well for them I say, why not do what you know best? Do come down and teach a while then start your very own small private school. Many many gringos have done just that, and very successfully.  I know gringos who started very small schools with just a hand full of students and because they had the ‘gringo advantage’ the business grew and grew! And here’s how they did it…       
-Did you know that there are no truant officers in Latin America, or even any government agencies checking on whether kids go to school at all? In fact about 10% of all school age kids work off the books- that is on the streets, in the big markets or helping their parents mind a curbside kiosk. We call it child labor, but if they don’t contribute to the family, someone doesn’t eat!   
-Some thoughts on beggars, street people, and those non-profit agencies and charities that are always asking for your money. Sure, we all want to help the disenfranchised and some in Latin America actually deserve your charity, but some deserve a kick in the teeth or worse.  
-I’ve been asked if there are any good (free) government public schools in Latin America.Well here are a few disheartening stats on that…  
-If you’re interested in getting in the waiting list for an Expat Wisdom Seminar (it may be in January) just send an email ( and I’ll be sure to keep you in the loop
“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 As usual, this project grew into something much more extensive than I anticipated (85+ pages). But as you will see its just jam packed with real life “boots on the ground” info that you certainly haven’t heard about, with plenty of surprises too. Its up to the minute and I promise there’s nothing quite like it around. Grab a copy and than compare how 21st century Latin American healthcare stacks up to your Healthcare in the states. Read it and weep! And remember the report is free(at least for now).
 -For all of you curious about how our last Expat Wisdom seminar in June went down…  two of our attendees, Deane and Heather, put together a great 10 min slideshow/audio clip with some very cool visuals. Now you can see what it was like (and what you missed) as we all trucked around with our “boots on the ground” Just go to and click on the “slideshow” link.   
   -Follow the link on the main page at 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.
-And while you’re at don’t forget to pick up your free reports! 
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