My husband Joe, and myself Lily, are looking to move to Lima in one year or so. He will be a retired psychotherapist and I am a bilingual editor. My husband is from Brooklyn, NY, I am a native of Surquillo, Lima, Perú living here for over 25 years, I have 2 sisters that live in Chorrillos.
We are very exited about moving to Lima and looking forward to join the american community.
Any advice on how to start a private psychotherapy practice/business in English? We rather move down before retiring age but need jobs of course.
Thank you all for this site, it is awesome!
Jbsmok wrote:Hi everyone!
I'm Julio, from chile. Living in Perú since jan 8, just a few days as you can see, the web site is nice!
I want to contact foreign People to improve my english.
I work as an International Manager of a spanish company in Perú
Fiel free to contact me.
michael.c wrote:Hola a todos!
Just wanted to post a quick hello and welcome myself to the expat community here. I have plans to move to Lima with my girlfriend (from Lima) and dog in January '13. We are coming from Buenos Aires and I am really looking forward to the food, night life (yes I know it is on a smaller scale) and learning more about the culture, area and everything else.
I am an independent graphic designer that runs a boutique design shop out of Miami, but works from abroad. I specialize in brand development and cover all mediums from print to interactive/web. When I am not doing that, I routinely perform in night clubs as an electronic DJ.
I will be scouring these forums to learn more, but any "out of the gate" tips or links to important posts would be greatly appreciated. I would love to learn about fellow expats that have applied for legal residence (what are the best options without getting married or owning property) so as to avoid the constant 3 month border trip. I am also interested in peoples opinions of the various distritos (cost, amenities, etc). Not looking to live in the most "chi-chi" area but want something secure with reliable internet (my business depends on it).
Thanks in advance for any help, suggestions and hope to meet some of you when I arrive next January.
I'm Barbara, an American. My gentleman friend/life partner is Peruvian and we are beginning to make plans to live part time in both countries.
I am here to share and learn, in particular, how much culture shock that I need to be prepared for.
Thank you all in advance, BB
I've introduced myself previously before moving. I landed in Lima Saturday night.
My interests in life include College Football especially the Oklahoma State Cowboys. I love music....I like positive music like U2. Although "rally 'round tha family - with a pocket full of shells" is good musically, I'm not sure what it does to make life better.
I like documentaries. I was trying to be less vague and find a few interesting people. Are there any Randy Stonehill fans out there? I'm also interested in environment. I watched a documentary called "The last Mountain" about the coal companies and how they are blowing up the mountains in total disregard for human life and the environment.
My name is Lucy, I'm a 25 year old Australian hoping to move to Peru or Argentina early next year. I joined this forum to hear people's stories about living in Peru to help me decide!
I am currently saving as much money as I can while I study a TESOL course and I hope to get work teaching English. If anyone has any tips for me that would be great.
Also, I would like to do a 3-4 week Spanish Immersion course in January. I have heard Antigua in Guatemala is great for this. If anyone has done one of these courses or has any tips about it I would be very interested!
Mullie wrote:Hello everybody
I'm Olivier and I just accepted a job in Peru last friday. I just finished my studies in the Netherlands and in about a month I will live in Lima with my girlfriend. Earlier I had an internship in Lima (that is where I met my girlfriend) and I liked the city
I have been lurking around this forum for a while now and I hope I can contribute to this forum
Sergio Bernales wrote:I'm sure Guatemala would be a lovely place to learn Spanish, but it might be worth considering somewhere like Sucre in Bolivia. As I don't know Guatemala, I can't make a valid comparison. However, Sucre is a beautiful colonial town, the cost of living is low and the Spanish classes are relatively cheap. For Spanish classes in Peru, the owner of this website, Alan, runs a school, El Sol, so you could contact him. Outside Lima, many people find Arequipa a good place to learn Spanish and like the old colonial city and its slower pace of life. Ecuador's also popular for learning Spanish, especially Quito, but crime is a big problem there. Also Quito is not a friendly city and gringos are often the target of the unscrupulous, especially since the economy isn't doing very well.
In terms of finding a job in Peru, the best TEFOL jobs can be got once you have your qualifcation, a little experience and a work visa. If you have a full university teaching qualification and experience teaching in a high school, you'll probably walk into a well-paying job in a private school in Peru. If you really just want to come and sample life here and don't have a work visa, there are also many schools in Lima which will hire you on an hourly basis, paying betwen 24 and 34 soles per hour, and give you classes set around the students' working hours, usually between 7am-9pm, 12-2pm and after 6pm. The big negative is you have to travel to the student's workplace which can often involve long bus journeys.
sadlerp wrote:Hey my name is Peyton, I've recently completed graduate school in Texas USA and I am moving to Lima next May. I hardly know anyone in Peru other than my novia and her family. But I am thrilled to have stumbled over this forum and am excited to meet people in my similar situation or have done something like this. Im an accountant and work for an accounting firm. I need advice though and maybe personal stories if anyone would like to share. How did you find a job? Start a company? Learn Spanish? Cultural adjustments?
Thank you very much,
vivaperusurf wrote:Hi all!
My name is dave. I am american born, grew up in a small state in new england, moved to cali, and then through my love of surfing have been travelling the world, including mexico, central, and south america.
Taking spainsh classes for two years in high school, i was a bad student and got poor grades as i thought it was such a waste of time, i would neve need spanish. Well somehow it stuck in my head and after nearly twenty years of travelling i actually got pretty good, to the point where i enjoy the language and now actually prefer espanol:-)
I first came to peru in 2005? For a three week surf trip, to celebrate my birthday. Scored some insane waves and enjoyed travelling solo, the hospitality of the peruvians i met along the way. I was told how dangerous it was but never got in any situations i felt afraid. Anyway it created a fondness for the surf of northern peru as well as the culture and people.
Fast forward about five or six years and after loosing my dream job i decided to make a "permanent" move to the land of the lefts, that means uncrowded left point break waves, my one and only true love:-) or addiction?
I arrived in chicama and decided i wanted to be a chicamero, to live there for the rest of my life. Well it was fun times for sure, to get all dialed into the local community and live the pueblo life. I managed to travel to chile,easter island, as well as all ovef northern peru. I really learned the culture, the language, made many friends, and fell in love with a spicy girl from la selva.
She was comfotable for a bit in chicama, but things got strange quick and it turned out that we would find ourselves living in huanchaco, which ended up being fine by me. There was access to trujillo a short taxi or kombi ride away, and yet huanchaco still had epic waves and that pueblo feel.
Ultimately i realized i needed to end my relationship as it wasnt really going the way i wanted to, and also getback to the states to take care of some things. I guess when i left i just blew out and didnt really close down my life in cali very well. So i very sadly ended my time in peru, having spent over a year in country.
Really grew a love for the language and the culture, the land, the people, the food, and of course the music...cumbia that is! I learned so much about the place, the history, and everything that made northern peru the place it is now.
It truly is a harsh place but with some amazing beauty if you can look past the negative things and enjoy the nature, the waves, the mtns, the jungle, so much beauty yet so much suffering and hardship.
Anyway im back in the us and just hating living here really want to get back to peru and this time for good. I feel like now i am more peruvian than i will ever be an american again. I understand to peruvians i will always be an extranjero, but in my mind soy peruano.
Eventually i will return and have some major work to do before i can but i like reading this forum to keep in touch with the life i was living. It seems to me many folks here are in the lima area. It seems that is just due to the fact that is where the money and jobs are, but for me i hope i can return to the northern coast and to the area i loved most, the la libertad zone.
Although it is a dry desert wasteland along the coast, i felt a certian connection, and want to do what i can to return to that area. Well anyway after this long post i will just say thanks to everyone who posts here and i hope you all can find ways to enjoy your time in a truly amazing country:-) quiero volver, pronto!
Solsidan wrote:Im olof, Swedish national living in Trujillo since 2012 and in my early 30s. My work is still outside peru building powerplants and rebuilding larger ships around the carribean, asia and europe. Eventually i will start working in peru instead, need to learn Spanish first but im too lazy to be bothered at the moment.
Any more Swedes in this forum?