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by Claudia1973
Sat Jan 16, 2010 12:17 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Volunteering Overseas - Please Explain Why Agencies Charge
Replies: 15
Views: 1859

Re: Volunteering Overseas - Please Explain Why Agencies Charge

In America my church - Willow Creek Community Church - charges people about $700 month to serve the poor. Air fare and food and other things are extra. On financial statements for not-for-profits - available on the Internet - about 90% of donations and fees, like this, go toward salaries and rent an...
by Claudia1973
Fri Jan 08, 2010 4:00 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Ivan Pisarenko, Uneasy Rider: One Biker, Two Continents, Fou
Replies: 0
Views: 253

Ivan Pisarenko, Uneasy Rider: One Biker, Two Continents, Fou

BUENOS AIRES -- In 2005, a year from finishing law school, Ivan Pisarenko got restless. The 33-year-old Argentine decided to take a break for a very big motorcycle road trip, from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego. The approximately 17,000-mile journey was supposed to take nine months. But because of detou...
by Claudia1973
Mon Dec 28, 2009 3:06 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Model Airplane Glue and Paints
Replies: 6
Views: 724

Re: Model Airplane Glue and Paints

hobby shop on the second floor mall just below the Gold´s Gym in Miraflores.
by Claudia1973
Mon Dec 28, 2009 3:00 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Cost of living in Peru
Replies: 488
Views: 189854

Re: Cost of living in Peru

carguy hits it on the head when speaking about cost of living. You cannot talk about costs unless you talk about income (if you´re a working stiff like most people). I live in Surco near a university. The average income in this area is about $15,000 yearly. The home values average about $350k and co...
by Claudia1973
Wed Dec 02, 2009 4:09 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Nissan Dealer wont work on cars it didnt sell new????
Replies: 8
Views: 1946

Re: Nissan Dealer wont work on cars it didnt sell new????

I bought a used Honda two months ago and needed a spare key. The Honda dealer in La Molina on Prado refused my business. I also asked for a quote to fix the back hatch door, and they refused.
by Claudia1973
Sat Nov 21, 2009 6:14 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Does anyone like Peru?
Replies: 20
Views: 5307

Re: Does anyone like Peru?

After one year, I dislike Lima - no sun for 8-9 months per year; no rain to wash the daily accumulation of pollution and desert dust; people are rude in public - bump into you with no "excuse me", come after you in their car/bus/motorcycle, petty theft, pi$$ing in the streets, and the garb...
by Claudia1973
Fri Oct 30, 2009 7:33 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Honda Mechanic
Replies: 1
Views: 364

Honda Mechanic

Can someone recommend a reliable, honest mechanic around Surco? Thanks ahead of time.
by Claudia1973
Tue Sep 22, 2009 2:38 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Purchase a Car in Tacna
Replies: 23
Views: 2320

The main benefit is cost of a car in Tacna, which we hope will outweigh the disadvantages of being a rebuilt and the travel risks. Accidents happen. My neighbor pays (read: twice) about S/.300 to fix the front bumper of a newer SUV (vs. USA cost of about $3-5k). Paying for repairs is sometimes cheap...
by Claudia1973
Mon Sep 21, 2009 9:35 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: LAN now charging all NON-RESIDENTS a $178.50 fee
Replies: 307
Views: 108868

We purchased a ticket on LAN.com today. The cupon de pago states that foreigners will be charged $178.50 extra. This foreign fee is mentioned at the end of the online reservation process. LAN ought to list the fee with the ticket price. For example, at the quotation stage use a foreign check box to ...
by Claudia1973
Mon Sep 21, 2009 5:52 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Purchase a Car in Tacna
Replies: 23
Views: 2320

Purchase a Car in Tacna

My husband and I plan to fly to Tacna to purchase a car.

Any recommendations for places to buy a car and places to eat? We plan to stay a couple of days.

Does Interbank have location(s) in Tacna?
by Claudia1973
Tue Sep 15, 2009 7:16 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Why Peru? From a Peruvian perspective.
Replies: 48
Views: 5391

My husband and I observe a different Peru and speak generally, as neither country, or any country or person, is free from imperfection. It was not my intention to insult or be insensitive to American women in Peru who are divorced, had abortions and/or homo sex. I could have calibrated my wording di...
by Claudia1973
Tue Sep 15, 2009 11:57 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Why Peru? From a Peruvian perspective.
Replies: 48
Views: 5391

One word - values. - Family is not a marketing term (divorce is 5% vs. USA's 55%) If you're a guy you do not automatically lose your children, 18 years of income, over half your stuff. - Fewer political special interest groups that get preferential treatment like jobs and business contracts. Sure th...
by Claudia1973
Sun Sep 06, 2009 6:41 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: LAN now charging all NON-RESIDENTS a $178.50 fee
Replies: 307
Views: 108868

I do not have a problem with charging rich people more. If the rich people are relatives, it sounds like it may be personal problem. What is unfair is that the rich people are being deceived. They are told that the price for flying is $X when it is $X + $180. Deception is bad business for the custom...
by Claudia1973
Fri Sep 04, 2009 11:58 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Auto Rental in Lima
Replies: 5
Views: 702

Auto Rental in Lima

My husband and I want to rent a car to get out of LIma for this weekend, but, when we called around, prices are about twice as high as the States.

We are looking for a subcompact car for about $25-$30 per day, unlimited miles. Any suggestions, if possible, would be appreciated.
by Claudia1973
Wed Jul 22, 2009 11:12 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Car Rental
Replies: 0
Views: 370

Car Rental

At the last moment, we would like to rent a car for the week - Friday, 24th through the 30th.

Any suggestions? Thank you ahead of time.
by Claudia1973
Wed Jun 17, 2009 11:40 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: USA's New Foreign Bank Regulations Affecting Expats
Replies: 11
Views: 3782

Craig said "But small it [Peru] is not." According to a recent report at Heritage Foundation, Peru's "Total government expenditures, including consumption and transfer payments, are low. In the most recent year, government spending equaled 16.5 percent of GDP." For government siz...
by Claudia1973
Tue Jun 16, 2009 4:06 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: New York drivers named most aggressive, angry in U.S.
Replies: 5
Views: 1538

New York drivers named most aggressive, angry in U.S.

"Miami topped the annual poll for the last four years but voters in 25 major metropolitan areas gave New Yorkers the prize for angriest, most aggressive drivers who tailgate, speed, honk their horns, overreact and lose their tempers." "New Yorkers were most likely to wave their fists ...
by Claudia1973
Tue Jun 16, 2009 3:54 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Tremors
Replies: 10
Views: 1472

For the record, shaking of the ground is caused by an abrupt shift of rock along a fracture in the Earth, called a fault. Within seconds, an earthquake releases stress that has slowly accumulated within the rock.

http://www.seismo.unr.edu/ftp/pub/louie ... onics.html
by Claudia1973
Tue Jun 16, 2009 3:46 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: USA's New Foreign Bank Regulations Affecting Expats
Replies: 11
Views: 3782

One of the benefits, and disadvantages, to Peru is its small government. In the USA, the government is hugh. Now they need money. So the government is look for ways to take (steal) money from the citizens. For example, in Ohio today a woman received a $25 ticket for parking in her drive way. http://...
by Claudia1973
Mon Jun 15, 2009 8:24 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: USA's New Foreign Bank Regulations Affecting Expats
Replies: 11
Views: 3782

We have money in an account, and did not know about the $10k limit reporting rule.

One of the reasons we left America was to be free of the micro management legislation and rules. O' well. Thanks.
by Claudia1973
Mon Jun 15, 2009 9:52 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: USA's New Foreign Bank Regulations Affecting Expats
Replies: 11
Views: 3782

USA's New Foreign Bank Regulations Affecting Expats

Lloyds Banking Group is ditching American customers based in Britain pending a change in international banking/investment legislation planned by President Barack Obama. The bank's definition of clients that are effected included USA clients that hold green cards, pay American taxes, are American dom...
by Claudia1973
Wed Jun 10, 2009 4:46 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Pickpockets, how do they do it?
Replies: 16
Views: 4176

I read an article by a retired thief in the Chicago Reader. He described how careful he picked the targets. It was mostly based on his fear of getting hurt, if he got caught, and value of stuff stolen. A risk-reward deal. He wrote that he stayed away from people with dogs and men that were athletic....
by Claudia1973
Mon Jun 08, 2009 3:46 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Pickpockets, how do they do it?
Replies: 16
Views: 4176

I saw two robberies on public transportation in the U.S.A. during my visit last month. When a guy loses his job, has to eat, pay rent, and pay child support, some steal. The two robberies were women with purses. As the economy worsens, either leave your purse at home or bring your husband (my husban...
by Claudia1973
Wed Jun 03, 2009 4:24 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peruvian Business Opportunities
Replies: 7
Views: 1587

Too funny.

My husband and I have ideas. We were looking for a place to discuss.

All right. Please.
by Claudia1973
Mon Jun 01, 2009 6:33 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peruvian Business Opportunities
Replies: 7
Views: 1587

Peruvian Business Opportunities

If you had $15,000, what business would you get into? Include expected rate of return.
by Claudia1973
Wed May 20, 2009 12:50 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Teaching Salary
Replies: 7
Views: 1224

My husband does not speak spanish fluently, but has 5 years teaching University.

Does UPC have English speaking classes for business and or computers?
by Claudia1973
Mon May 18, 2009 3:01 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Teaching Salary
Replies: 7
Views: 1224

Teaching Salary

What is the average annual salary for a University professor in Lima? A professor of business and computers in English speaking program. Is it customary for the school to pay a signing bonus. Thanks ahead of time.
by Claudia1973
Tue May 12, 2009 1:15 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Call Center Services
Replies: 6
Views: 1188

Yeah we have about 10,000 telephone numbers. We do not want to call ourselves, but hire (outsource) this to a Call Center. We read that Peru has many call centers, so suspect someone would know of a least one or two companies.

But maybe the call centers are used for internal company use only?
by Claudia1973
Tue May 12, 2009 12:36 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Fake Kidnapping Scam in Peru
Replies: 8
Views: 4419

Scammed. A friend hooked with a girl. She got pregnant. She told him it was his. He paid about $900 monthly over two years - like $25,000. Does DNA test - not his, but an unemployed guy's kid. My friend never got his $25k back.
by Claudia1973
Mon May 11, 2009 2:49 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Call Center Services
Replies: 6
Views: 1188

Call Center Services

My husband and I just moved to Peru and heard that they have many call centers. If my husband and I, for our business, wanted to hire them, how do they work? Is anyone familiar?
by Claudia1973
Mon May 04, 2009 11:52 am
Forum: Jobs in Peru
Topic: Inside Sales Assistant
Replies: 0
Views: 727

Inside Sales Assistant

Job Title:  Inside Sales Assistant Location: Surco near Ave. Benavides and Ave. Caminos de Inca Sales Manager of multi-state mortgage company is seeking a professional inside sales assistant to work in relaxed, yet professional work environment to make outbound sales calls, assist with sales closing...
by Claudia1973
Fri Mar 27, 2009 1:26 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Transcript Service to Spanish from English
Replies: 1
Views: 456

Transcript Service to Spanish from English

A Peruvian government University association requires a degree and transcript transcribed to Spanish from English. One service quoted about S./450 for University diploma and two page transcript. This seems expensive. Can someone suggest a transcription service and or advice? This is part of a proces...
by Claudia1973
Fri Mar 27, 2009 1:25 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peru was better before immigration!
Replies: 23
Views: 3170

Documents Transcribed to Spanish from English

A Peruvian government University association requires a degree and transcript transcribed to Spanish from English.

One service quoted about S./450 for University diploma and two page transcript. This seems expensive. Can someone suggest a transcription service and or advice?
by Claudia1973
Tue Mar 17, 2009 3:08 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Clarification on Property Size Calculation
Replies: 6
Views: 1019

Thanks for the input. I believe we'll measure and track interior area (as we did in the States. We'll have something to compare Lima homes to also). Lima does not own the market on misrepresentation in advertising. I recall a new development in the States adding the garage space of 200 square feet i...
by Claudia1973
Mon Mar 16, 2009 2:28 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Clarification on Property Size Calculation
Replies: 6
Views: 1019

Clarification on Property Size Calculation

What is the custom in Peru when calculating the size of a home for sale? Specifically do peruvians include only inside living space, excluding patio and parking (like in the United States), or does Peru include this other space. My husband and I just came from a new departmento advertised at 100 squ...
by Claudia1973
Thu Mar 12, 2009 9:17 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peruvian men and household chores
Replies: 69
Views: 12221

This is a typical feminist styled question.

Housework and shopping is for women. Maintenance and paying the bills is for men. Training up the children is for the men.
by Claudia1973
Thu Mar 12, 2009 2:19 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Real Estate in Lima: already a 10% less
Replies: 63
Views: 10856

My husband is paid above average, but not too much. He has a full time job working for a USA company and a part-time professor job at a University. Yet we cannot afford to purchase a row house in Surco that we now rent. I called a seller yesterday (home - none row house) a block away, and they are a...
by Claudia1973
Tue Mar 03, 2009 4:24 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Real Estate in Lima: already a 10% less
Replies: 63
Views: 10856

In the United States median selling prices for new and existing homes combined now equal 2.9 times median household incomes, nationwide. This is exactly the ratio that prevailed during the halcyon days of the 1980s, when sales and construction of housing were booming. Three years ago in 2006, just b...
by Claudia1973
Sun Mar 01, 2009 8:22 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Real Estate in Lima: already a 10% less
Replies: 63
Views: 10856

Most homes in Lima are town houses. A town house by definition shares walls with the neighboring home. Its landscape is low maintenance, because of a small yard. At best most Lima homes are row houses. When I read that a place in Surco is selling for $250k-$300k and consider the average income, it's...
by Claudia1973
Wed Feb 04, 2009 10:18 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Legalize Documents for Teaching Job
Replies: 2
Views: 549

Legalize Documents for Teaching Job

My husband received a job offer from a university here in Lima. They require his diplomas to be legalized. We are told other embassies offer document legalization service, however, the U.S. Embassy, as big and rich as they are, offered no help. Any experience or advice for the next step to legalize ...
by Claudia1973
Wed Jan 07, 2009 11:51 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Liberación Femenina in Perú
Replies: 87
Views: 6820

One of the reasons my husband moved to Peru from the United States is because of feminism - the man bad, woman good attitude in the United States. You see it in the media, work, academics, government, family, and socially. Though my husband was raised in a family with strong, independent career-orie...
by Claudia1973
Mon Dec 15, 2008 8:39 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: To Learn Spanish
Replies: 5
Views: 942

To Learn Spanish

My husband is a seeking semi-private Spanish class to join and/or private Spanish teacher for lessons near Surco. He plans to meet at least three times weekly.

Does anyone have suggestions or advice?
by Claudia1973
Thu Oct 23, 2008 1:43 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: BEWARE OF THIS LADY!
Replies: 29
Views: 4610

Always care for the poor. However, this does not mean giving them hundreds of soles when you first meet them.

If you're in America, then give to men especially. There are so many woman-only services that exclude men in America.

There will always be poor, so always give.
by Claudia1973
Thu Oct 09, 2008 3:05 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Bank problem
Replies: 2
Views: 708

Bank problem

Are Peruvian bank deposits insured? If so, for up to how much?

We have a little money in INTERBANK and BCP. Are they financially sound?
by Claudia1973
Mon Oct 06, 2008 4:09 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Exchange Money
Replies: 2
Views: 742

Exchange Money

Has anyone exchanged money - soles and dollars - at a foreign exchange? For example, XE, OANDA, FOREX, etc.

If so, what was your experience? Which foreign exchange did you use and what was minimum amount?
by Claudia1973
Fri Sep 05, 2008 7:56 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Spanish Lessons near Surquillo
Replies: 2
Views: 697

Spanish Lessons near Surquillo

My husband is looking for group Spanish lessons near Surquillo (by Metro). He's a beginner. Can someone offer suggestions?

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