Considerations

New Teacher

I am moving to Managua this summer to teach at the Colegio Americano and I am trying to figure out the best way to get my stuff there. I have tons of books and materials and a computer to bring in. I also have very little money. Any ideas on transportation there? I don't mind biking, but I am not sure I want to depend on a bike during the rainy season. Dan Plemons

moving to Nicaragua

My wife and I are retired and are thinking of living in Nicaragua. My questions and concerns are: How much per month income does one need to live on? What area should we look at? Is Safety a Concern? We don't want to live in a Large city. Hows transportation? We truly would appreciate any help anyone can give us.

Thanks so much

Can anyone guess or know or how to find out

How many ex-pats are in Nicaragau. How many North American and or other foreign visitors live Nicaragua not including Central America. How many people would be exstimated at being english speaking people.

Seeing Nicaragua Clearly

Understanding and describing Nicaragua or any other place, country, etc. for that matter is not easy. We all "see things" through our own set of personal biases. When living in another society the native society comes with it's own set of collective and each person's personal biases about "outsiders". When all of those misconceptions from both sides meet they can be a source of difficulties.

On becoming an Ex Pat and moving 'Way Down South'

A friend or ours Udo, a native of Austria who spent several years in Africa and other countries abroad wrote this for the Ryze.com "Friends Across Cultures Tribe" Sums it all up if you are a "newbie" or a "wannabe":

"The differences come into it when one moves from one culture to a really different one.

More basic living questions.

How much can I expect to pay for rent for a modest 2 bedroom home?

Can I take martial arts classes in Esteli? Is there a gym of some kind? Fitness classes? A public pool?

Can I buy books/magazines/newspapers in English? Can I get Hershey's chocolate? Or even better, Cadbury's? Lay's potatoe chips?

Do the Nicarguans think us gringos are crazy for wanting to live in their country? How do you answer those questions? How often have you met people that expect handouts?

daily life in Nic, things not covered so far

A couple of questions about living in Nicaragua.

Is high speed internet access available? by satelite? -how much is it a month? is it reliable?

how much does it cost to see a doctor? what if I get appendicitis? how much will the surgery cost? is there national healthcare?

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