So what's life in Colombia like? What are the people like? How's the food? How much does it cost?

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Living cost.

I'll just give you some numbers out of my and other peoples experiences. These numbers where written down in 1999

I work about 30 hours a week, with 8 different private students and make 100 US$ with that. That's enough to live (cheaply) in a shared apartment (4 people, but nice and big). (At the time of writing, 1500 pesos = 1 US$)

Teachers who have been hired into rich English speaking schools (you get these jobs while still in the US) can make up to US$ 2000 a month - a lot of money in Colombia!

Renting an apartment is about 500 000 pesos (350 US$) a month. Servicios (taxes, water, telephone and electricity) are about 200.000 pesos a month (that's with loads of telephone calls within Medellin). Internet is 40 000 pesos/month for maximum 80 hours. Cheap furniture like in Europe or the US isn't here.

[image:2603,left]A nice big table (newly made) costs about 70 000 pesos.(= 50 US$) A decent mattress about 50 000 pesos (big 2 person). The cheapest meal in town is 1 US$, cheap movie is 2.5 US$, a beer in the shop across the road (nice and cold) is 700 pesos(.5 US$) A bottle of rum is 7000, a glass of rum in a salsa place is 5000 pesos, entrance to a fancy discotheque is about 10 000 pesos.

Waw, that's a load of numbers! Hope it helps.

Visa in short.

Get more info at the visa page, but here's the main idea: in the beginning, I was on a tourist visa. I had to leave the country every 4 months (nice excuse to go to ecuador), for a week or so. The 4th month, I paid some money to extend the 3month visa.

Later, I got a work visa for teaching English, and stayed on that for about a year.

Safety situation in short.

[image:2608,right]More info than you'll ever want at the travel safety page, but here are the basics.

I can't just visit any part of the country. I need to inform myself before going to out of the way places about guerilla activity.

Around Medellin, I can't just go anywhere either. In some directions, it's not a good idea to go hiking in the mountains. However, there's still plenty of Colombia left to visit, more than I'll be able to see in my time here. In the city itself, it's quite safe, just take taxis late at night in some parts.

Work availability.

Teaching English is the most obvious job for any foreigner that speaks some. French, German and Japanese are also in great demand. (Dutch is somewhat less popular I'm afraid..)

There are enough private students for everyone. However, if you come in november-january, you won't get many, because people are partying and having holidays.

That's all. I like living in Colombia, as you might have guessed from this site. Leave your own impressions of what life is like in Colombia in the comments.

Posted on January 11, 1999


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looking for a teacher in MEDELLIN Hi, is me again, looking for a good english teacher!



Let me know if you'r interested, we need to improve my

listening, and expressions obviously. Only North Americans

teachers...

Posted on January 11, 1999


Speaking of life in Colombia... Finally. 10 months away from Colombia has passed. Leaving from Europe to go to Bogotá again. Waiting is horrible! But now it's over. Leaving on "el jueves" this week!! Lovely!!



I just needed to share!!



Happiness defined!



Ta-ta, Egil

Posted on January 11, 1999


Looking for a teacher in MEDELLIN I just curious why you are only interested in North American teachers only? I have a lot of friends (teachers) who are not north americans and they speak excellent english. Just curious....

Posted on January 11, 1999


transferring funds I am having a terrible time. I have been in Colombia for 3 months and cannot find a way to transfer funds from my bank in the United States. I can't seem to deposit or cash checks even in friend's accounts (no doallar checks allowed). I lost my cash card, but this really isn't a good long term solution anyway.



Is there any way or anyone who will accipt and convert a check on an american bank (even citbank wont honor its own)?



Please. funds are getting low.

Posted on January 11, 1999


Transfering Funds As far as transfers go just Western Union And Money Gram.



Why not call your bank tell them to send your card to your US Address and then Fed Ex it to you here in Colombia?

Posted on January 11, 1999


Currently living in Ecuador I have lived in central and South America going on 7 years now. I settled down in Ecuador, and during the past couple of years the unemployment has really increase. It is basically impossible to get a job here. I am a engineer in Computer Systems, but have spent most of my time teaching English. I am from North America, and due to the lack of work here in Ecuador I am looking to move to another country within South America. I have done some research on Colombia but I am still not sure if moving there is a good idea. I would like the opportunity to chat with others who are living in Colombia, so I can get a better idea how life and work is there. Please feel free to send me a private message if you believe you may have any information that may help influence my decision. Regards

Posted on January 11, 1999


Colombian residency. First off, I'm a retired Mech. Eng.from Calif., married to a Colombiana for 8 years. I lived in Pereira for 5 years, owned a computer store while my wife was still working as a manager of a savings and loan co. My wife is from a professional family in Medellin (father is retired M.D.) and has 6 brothers and sisters living there. For this reason we decided to purchase a lot in a Parcelization and build our retirement home. This we did one year ago some 35 miles outside of Medellin. I spend most of my free time photographing the beauty's of Colombia. I have had the pleasure of travelling to some unbelievable places here, including the Caribbean Coast, the Park de Nevados in San Luis some 15,000 ft. above sea level above Manizales. I have travelled the "valley" from one end to the other and enjoy all parts of Colombia. Next week I am spending a week in Covenas on the Caribbean Coast. Fortunately, I have a wife who speaks very good English and have all my residency papers. I have never felt threatened or uneasy in Colombia, although I don't give "papaya" either. Just be gracious and friendly and you will be surprised how amiable Colombians are..

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"You don't have to have the best of everything to make the best of what you do have"!

Posted on January 11, 1999


English Teachers Urgently Needed in Bogota !!!!

Please send your résumé to:petersons@etb.net.co or Oca75@hotmail.com Phone number in Bogota 321-6776

Movil phone 310-241-6446 or schedule an interview and come to The Osaka Trade Center, Calle 74 # 15-80 Office720 Interior #2

Excellent pay 20,000 pesos per hour of (60 Minutes)After taxes(take home money) CALL NOW!!!

Posted on January 11, 1999


English Teachers Urgently Needed in Bogota !!!!

Please send your résumé to:petersons@etb.net.co or Oca75@hotmail.com Phone number in Bogota 321-6776

Movil phone 310-241-6446 or schedule an interview and come to The Osaka Trade Center, Calle 74 # 15-80 Office720 Interior #2

Excellent pay 20,000 pesos per hour of (60 Minutes)After taxes(take home money) CALL NOW!!!

Posted on January 11, 1999


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Posted on January 11, 1999


If you ever wondered what it would cost you to party like it's 1999...

Posted on January 11, 1999


Wow new thread, thanks for bumping this.

Posted on January 11, 1999


$350.00 for an apt!? wow. I like to compare this tread with today's prices. jejeje

PEDRO: "party like it's 1999..." LOL

Posted on January 11, 1999


i'm looking for an apartmentin bogota now... my budget is 400.000 a month.... and ill have np finding it

Posted on January 11, 1999