Four top tips on what to do before moving to Colombia
I have made a short list of some things that will make your transition to life in Colombia a lot smoother
1. An obvious point but unless you’re well versed in the language before you arrive, it is a great investment of your time to study as much as you can before you arrive. Even 2 hours a day will make your first few weeks here a lot easier. I have attached a link below to some free online lessons that I feel are very good at allowing you to grasp the basics…in my opinion much better than duolingo…although as far as I know they don’t have an app you can download on your phone so it’s only available through desktop/laptop. Definitely worth checking out beforehand if you have enough time to use it. You can access all the lessons from the link on the left of the page…..
2. If you’re a European citizen, it’s worth signing up for a Revolut card before you arrive in Colombia. Once you’ve topped up your Revolut account you can use your Revolut MasterCard at millions of locations worldwide using the real exchange rate. The card automatically converts into the local currency at the real exchange rate so you never lose money by transferring between currencies.
3. Buy all the clothes and electrical products you require before travelling to Colombia. Electronics are generally more expensive in Colombia than in your home country.The same goes for clothes in Colombia (especially with international brand names such as Merrell and Levi).
4. When finding somewhere to live in Colombia after moving out of the provided accommodation, a very useful website to search for spare-rooms or whole apartments with other people is “fincaraiz”. I personally found my room through fincaraiz. It’s free and it has a fantastic feature where the available rooms/apartments are displayed on a map of the city which makes it very easy to search within a desired area.
Author: Rick Diskin
Program: ETF Colombia
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