Living and Working in Guadalajara Mexico
Graduate Student Living Working Guadalajara Mexico Discusses His Journey to Mexico
Geoff Fink, a resident of Guadalajara, talks to MexicoToday about his time as a volunteer at the Guadalajara Pan American Games. In this video, Geoff describes his love of the Mexican culture, as he enjoys the relaxed pace of Guadalajara and its people. Geoff also explains that the food and tequila are “very tasty” and encourages everyone to travel to Mexico.
Drawn by the excellent climate, high quality of life and low living costs, an increasing number of foreigners have made Guadalajara their new home in the last decade.
Over 79,500 foreign citizens residing in the state of Jalisco, according to the latest INEGI census. Most newly Mexicans are U.S. and Canadian citizens based in the Puerto Vallarta and Lake Chapala area, which boasts the world’s largest expatriate community living out side the US and Canada, one hour’s drive from the city. But Guadalajara itself is also home to a significant number of foreign nationals, with 14,000 living in Zapopan, the Guadalajara neighboing municipality to the North and home to the wealthy prefessionals – In Zapopan the Average Per Capita Income is near 20,000 USD /Year.
Embracing the native language and culture is an important part of traveling or moving abroad, but it is also perfectly normal – and often necessary – to seek contact with other expats. Sometimes it helps to chat with someone from a similar background in order to make sense of living in Mexico, or simply to reminisce about life back home. To facilitate such interaction, Guadalajara is home to a number of expatriate groups that hold regular meetings at different clubs across the city.
“Mexpat” is a term coined to describe a foreigner studying , working, or living in Guadalajara Mexico. The first Mexpat meeting took place in Mexico City in 2002, and the concept has since spread to Guadalajara, Monterrey and Queretaro. Mexpat unites expatriates from diverse countries every month for two main purposes: to serve as a cultural support group for those trying to make sense of what it means to live in Mexico, and as a form of business and social networking.
Mexpat is held at bars or restaurants across Guadalajara, with the Temple Irish Pub having proved one of the most popular venues over the years. To end the year in style and banish any holiday homesickness, Mexpat also throws a big party every Christmas. Check Mexpat’s Facebook page to find out where and when the next meetings take place or to interact online with other expats in the Guadalajara area.
The American Society of Jalisco (AmSoc) has been in Guadalajara since 1945. It is run by volunteers and consists of retirees, working professionals and students, among others. Any English-speaking resident, visitor or potential resident of Guadalajara is welcome to visit the AmSoc headquarters to socialize or make use of the many services on offer. AmSoc is not just for gringos; aside from U.S. citizens, it counts expats from Canada, England, Mexico, Holland, Yugoslavia, Greece and Peru among its membership.
“The American Society helps people to network with other expats and it absolutely helps people adjust to life in Mexico,” said AmSoc member and Guadalajara resident Dave Ruiz. “Some of the most popular events are the celebrations of American and Canadian holidays. Every year they hold a big American-style Thanksgiving dinner. It helps bring a little part of American society to Mexico and keeps people from missing home.”
The services on offer to members of the society include low-cost rental of the AmSoc facility for social, educational and marketing events and conferences; loan of books and DVDs from the largest English library in western Mexico; tourist information; and general, medical, dental, legal and immigration advice. There is also a book club that meets every third Thursday, with a monthly screening of any movie adaptation of the chosen book.
Additional services available to non-members include use of an international telephone and wireless internet for minimal fees; conversational English and Spanish classes; weekly luncheons on Thursdays, followed by card games; special holiday dinners (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, etc.); aerobics classes; and thrice-weekly English-language Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. The AmSoc headquarters is at Avenida San Francisco 3332, Guadalajara. For more information, call (33)3121-2395.
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There may not be so many British citizens living working Guadalajara Mexico area, but all those residing or visiting there are invited to come to informal monthly gatherings. Attendees are requested to bring snacks and a bottle to share at the get-togethers, typically held on Saturday evenings at the homes of British expats.
Sharon Sibson, a long-term resident of Guadalajara, has been organizing the British evenings for at least 25 years. “It was very important to me when I didn’t used to go home very often,” Sibson said. “It’s a good way to make friends and it also meant that when my children were growing up here they got to interact regularly with other Brits, which wouldn’t have been possible otherwise.”
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