I’m getting many emails from readers that are considering moving and working in Paraguay and there is something I would like to clear up a little bit…even though I try really hard to be objective in my appreciations sometimes I realize that sometimes I’m not, as it is normal for a local like me living abroad to sometimes let the emotional part speak a bit louder and sometimes the bad things you tend to hide a little bit, its like loving a person, you see the bad things but it seems not to bother you as it normally would, right?
I really just can talk from MY point of view, from my experiences which is:
1- I’m a Paraguayan citizen living abroad…so, you get the view of a local person with no language barriers
2- I grew up and was educated in Paraguay, a great education by the way!
3- I know where and of what be careful of
4- I may take things for granted and I’m use to a non law country
5- I know the traditions and uses of local people…like drinking terere, greeting with kisses on the cheek, siesta in country side, etc.
6- I used to deal with the “law”, as a lawyer I had to deal daily with it and I know that the line between legal and illegal is very thin and blurred, etc, etc, etc.
Well, I know things that a foreign people doesn’t know and they know and see things that I don’t know or don’t see anymore, which is not good or bad, it is just different, a different perception, even if you go like a tourist for 5 to 10 days your perception will be different than the foreign person that goes there to move, with all the challenges what moving means like renting an apartment, get a cellular phone (which is super easy by the way), get at job or open an own biz, or find a good medical insurance…see? I don’t have to go thru those things so my perception is different, even if i work with local people for my filigree jewelry I’m in another stage of communication, I’m a local hence my experience is different.
Bottom line don’t take a decision to move because of what you read in my blog, I love Paraguay, I consider life there a breeze because I already have an infrastructure…I don’t see myself going and looking for jobs there, I wouldn’t even know where to start.
So…my advice is:
- Read as many blogs as you can (from ex pats, from locals, from Paraguayans abroad, from peace corps volunteers, from Germans living in Paraguay and from people that moved there and ask them If they regret it or not…and even blogs from tourists are very interesting to read)
- Get as many objective info, like political, economical, criminal etc as you can.
- Make a list of priorities for you, for ones can be education system, for other pace of life and for other life quality and sanitary system.
- Learn Spanish, and,
- Try to visit Paraguay before you really decide to move there.
Many of my readers asked me if how much I consider necessary to live decently in Asuncion, well here it goes…but this is just my opinion
For a 4 people family with decent house rent plus decent schools, 1 car and medical insurance, plus going out for leisure 2 a months and having a stay in maid you will need around 2000 USD. which is around 8.000.000gs.
Rent around 1.800.000gs or more for a bigger place
Food around 1.200.000gs
School for 2 children 1.400.000gs
Nanny or Maid: 600.000gs.
Clothing and stuff: 500.000gs
Medical insurance: 500.000gs.
Car insurance and gas: 500.000gs.
Savings and other expenses: 1.100.000gs.
As I always say, Paraguay is about the experience and If you go with your mind open you will just fill it with great experiences and big emotions.