A reader writes:
I love The Peoples Guide to Mexico! To start out my name is Robyn, I am 36 years old and I work as a Psychiatric Nurse in Denver, CO. My husband, Michael, was in an automobile accident two years ago. He was hit by an uninsured motorist two years ago and has not been able to work since. He has gone through three major back surgeries and the cold Colorado weather just debilitates him 5 months out of the year. We traveled to PV on vacation recently, and fell in love. My husband could actually function; the warm weather was exactly what he needs to get back to work. Alternatively, be the stay at home dad that can actually pick up his children and play.
We have always talked about leaving the states for a warmer climate. PV may actually make us do it! We have two little girls, who are five and eighteen months. We would love to give our girls the change to go to bilingual schools, learn Spanish as well as English and really give them an advantage in their futures. In addition, give them a sense of culture we have not found in Denver. I love the fact that the authors of this site reply to nearly everyone with honesty and friendliness, which makes it easy to ask the questions I cannot seem to find by a regular Google search.
So here we go with my questions…
- What are some good schools my girls can learn both English and Spanish, along with all the other elementary curriculum?
- Do you have any recommendations on good neighborhoods to raise our girls in? I am working with a real estate agent, she suggested gated communities in Marina Vallarta, Los Olivos, La Primavera.
We are looking to pay cash for a home, town home or condominium that is at least 1300sf with 3 beds and 3 baths, that way we have no mortgage and can save our money for retirement and the girls schooling. Do you think that is even doable?
- What are my chances of working as a Nurse, RN, BSN in PV? I have heard there is an overflow of RNs there and that chances of getting a job are slim. I know the government would have to approve a work visa for me, I have no idea of how to get that ball rolling, and any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! I was thinking of the growing trend of elective surgeries that American’s are having in Mexico. I cannot help thinking that an English/Spanish speaking nurses would be in demand. In addition, resorts must have MD’s on site for tourists that get sick while at their resorts; do they hire nurses at resorts to assist the MDs?
Let me say that I truly understand if I am asking too many questions or asking the wrong people, I just do not really know where to begin. On our vacation, we made some friends and got contact info so I am asking them these same questions.
Thank you a million times over for reading and responding to my post. I hope this finds you all healthy and well!
Love Robyn and Michael,
aka, Gringos looking to relocate to PV within the next year :)
Churpa responds: Thank you Robyn! I too love Vallarta, but I don’t live there. I could tell you where to find great tacos and good deals on tequila, but I can’t answer many of these questions. I will put this out to our readers in the hopes that some local expats can be of help. Check the comments. Also, for more information you might want to join some of the Vallarta facebook groups. I will say that if I were going to live in Vallarta, I’d want to live in Viejo Vallarta, in one of the neighborhoods that still has a Mexican feel and access to good taquerias.