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Cambodia to Costa Rica - a good move?
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2011 6:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks for the replies.

That is right , I am coming from a poorer country (Camdodia) - but average pay here is $10/hour and things very cheap.

What I would like to know is prices for cheap hotel / guest house (single room) to see me through until I find a longer term option.

No replies to my other post so hopefully get some responses here.

any idea on prices for night/week at cheap hotel in San Jose?
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2011 10:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There many excellent hostels. A private room usually is around 20 a night but you can negotiate for longer stays....[/b]
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 7:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your starting hourly wage, depending on the school, could be $6-$8. The longer you work there, the greater chance you'll get a better rate/bonus. I worked at Maximo Nivel making $6/hr. as a teacher based on a 28-30 hour work week. If I worked more than 30 hours, I got more money. I'm not sure if this is the case now, but after six months teaching, there was a $600 bonus for completing your teaching contract. They also payed for some transportation if we had to travel to San Jose for teaching.
So, I took home roughly $720/month (I traveled to San Jose twice a week to teach, so I got a little more than base pay). I paid $170/month in rent (included internet/water) for a two-bedroom apartment. I spent roughly $40-$50 a week on food (shopping at the market, farmer's market--great way to stock up on cheap produce--and eating out 1-3 times a week at a cheap soda). So after all that, I had roughly $350 to go out and get some drinks with friends, do a little shopping for myself, buy anything else I needed, and go on a weekend trip to the beach. Nothing flashy, but more than enough to live comfortably. I also did a little side work copy editing towards the end. Teaching, you might be able to pick up extra hours or some schools may even permit you to teach on the side (some don't in their contracts).
So, you'll most likely have enough money to have fun, buy what you need, and save up to fly home every 3-4 months on a flight booked a few months in advanced to the states. You'll have less money if you live on your own. I found my roommate via room listings at U Latina on a message board at the school. It turned out to be a great living situation and we still keep in touch to this day. Living with a Costa Rican is something I highly recommend. Not only will your Spanish get a lot better, they'll show you the ropes and help you adjust a lot quicker. I was especially lucky to have a roommate who spoke English and I also have family in CR.
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