Sep 5, 2010, 7:55 AM
I agree with the above posters. I have taught English part-time at resorts here in the PV area for 10 years and whenever the economy slides, or circumstances beyond the resort's control occur (weather damage, bad press, etc.), my job is the first to go. Fortunately, I have a reliable income from Canada which allows me to live very frugally. I am hired back as soon as things begin to pick up, but it is by no means a steady job. I've heard from other gringas that even English teachers in established schools are losing their jobs temporarily. I would explore the area another poster suggested: jobs with American/Canadian companies who do business in Mexico (For example: Tour companies, manufacturers, airlines, etc.) If your hubby, or you, is a computer whiz, there might be a position where you can live anywhere you like and still do the job for a U.S.-based company. However, you would have to show the Mexican authorities that you have a steady income to support your family to become a legal immigrant. Maybe set up a surfing business in an outlying town? Sure, you'd have lots of competition but ... oops ... no tourists! Believe me, my little beach town is dead, compared to three years ago when it was bustling!
Most gringos who live in the PV area have an income (retirement, trust, etc.) from their country of origin. The bottom line in PV is that where there are no tourists, there are no jobs. There are no tourists due to the bad press we receive, even though it isn't true. Sorry, but I wouldn't risk my children's welfare in a tourist area. IMO, it would be very irresponsible.
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