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True expat stories is what we were looking for when we asked numerous expats in Bolivia to share their experiences by means of a survey we sent out to expatriates throughout the country. We receive thousands of questions per year through our Bolivia Forums, private emails, and our company Bolivia Expat Services, from potential future expats who are researching Bolivia as a possible place to live, work or retire. After seven years of offering information to future Bolivia expats, we began to notice trends in the types of questions that a future expat in Bolivia might ask. Eventually, we prepared a 25-question survey based on some of the most trending questions we receive. We then asked foreigners currently living in Bolivia to volunteer their expat stories in a straightforward, honest way.

Bolivia Expat Stories - Everything you're dying to know about living in Bolivia

Our goal is to gather as many different perspectives about life in Bolivia as possible so that others (like you) who are contemplating living in Bolivia can benefit from the experience, lessons learned, and the wisdom gained by individuals and families who have already made the move to Bolivia. We know that the more input people have, the more informed their decisions and choices will be. We received responses from expats currently living in all areas of Bolivia, who originate from many different countries around the globe, and who have resided in Bolivia for varying lengths of time. In their responses you'll learn what they consider to be the good, bad, easy, difficult, challenging, and rewarding aspects of living in Bolivia... in their own voices. Some chose to share their identities and others have preferred to respond anonymously. Either way, you will benefit from their most honest, heart-felt and candid opinions.

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Expat Stories: Overcoming cultural differences becomes easier over time. 
How did you first hear about Bolivia and/or become interested in Bolivia as a possible place to live? I moved here for personal reasons, fell in …

Expat Stories: Why am I here? 
I came here to mine gold in 1991 and loved the country. Returned the next year and helped build a school in Trinidad. Came back and forth for 5 years. …

Expat Stories: As a Peace Corps Worker, I’ve Always Found South America Alluring and Now Live in Cochabamba, Bolivia 
1. How did you first hear about Bolivia and/or become interested in Bolivia as a possible place to live? - I heard about Bolivia, and stopped over …

Expat Stories: From India to Bolivia Giving it All Up for Love 
1. How did you first hear about Bolivia and/or become interested in Bolivia as a possible place to live? The very first time I ever heard of Bolivia …

Expat Stories: Came to Bolivia as a University Exchange Student, Married a Bolivian and Started a Business in Santa Cruz, Bolivia 
1. How did you first hear about Bolivia and/or become interested in Bolivia as a possible place to live? I studied Spanish & Latin American Studies …

Duck Past Where the Fish Are Not rated yet
I look over Urubo from my high-rise condo every day, and millions of people each month head past signs that proclaim the new developments around Santa …

Expat Stories: From Australia to Bolivia for Love and Adventure Not rated yet
Where are you from originally and what was your connection to Bolivia at the time? What brought you to Bolivia initially, and what caused you to decide …

Expat Stories: I Love Bolivia's People and how Accepting they are of Foreigners (Part 2 of 2) Not rated yet
13. For those of you who have lived in Bolivia for at least 6 months, now that you are here, what have you learned about Bolivia that you did not know …

Expat Stories: I Love Bolivia's People and how Accepting they are of Foreigners (Part 1 of 2) Not rated yet
1. How did you first hear about Bolivia and/or become interested in Bolivia as a possible place to live? I had an aunt (well, actually my grandfather’s …

I never seriously considered moving out of the USA but now I love Bolivia! (Part 2 of 2) Not rated yet
For those of you who have lived in Bolivia for at least 6 months, now that you are here, what have you learned about Bolivia that you did not know before? …

I never seriously considered moving out of the USA but now I love Bolivia! (Part 1 of 2) Not rated yet
How did you first hear about Bolivia and/or become interested in Bolivia as a possible place to live? I first heard about Bolivia when I met my …

Expat Stories: Lived and Worked Abroad Many Years but Chose to Retire in Bolivia When I Met my Partner in Life Here Not rated yet
1. How did you first hear about Bolivia and/or become interested in Bolivia as a possible place to live? I answered an internal company job advertisement …

Expat Stories: I came to Bolivia Thinking it was Time for a Change. What a Change! Not rated yet
1. How did you first hear about Bolivia and/or become interested in Bolivia as a possible place to live? The Company I was working for in Australia …

Expat Stories: We Took Only What Fit in Our Luggage to be Volunteer Missionaries in the Bolivian Jungle Not rated yet
1. How did you first hear about Bolivia and/or become interested in Bolivia as a possible place to live? My (ex)husband and I saw a mission DVD featuring …

Expat Stories: Be Open-Minded and Ready to Learn in Bolivia. Your Way is Not Always the Right Way. Not rated yet
1. How did you first hear about Bolivia and/or become interested in Bolivia as a possible place to live? As a student I came for one year …

Expat Stories: Bolivia Has Something to Get Your Adrenaline Going Every Day (Part 2 of 2) Not rated yet
13. For those of you who have lived in Bolivia for at least 6 months, now that you are here, what have you learned about Bolivia that you did not know …

Expat Stories: Bolivia Has Something to Get Your Adrenaline Going Every Day (Part 1 of 2) Not rated yet
1. How did you first hear about Bolivia and/or become interested in Bolivia as a possible place to live? My wife, a financial administrator, got …

Expat Stories: I Moved to Bolivia from Australia and Started an Organization to Protect Jaguars Not rated yet
1. How did you first hear about Bolivia and/or become interested in Bolivia as a possible place to live? A friend that was living here recommended …

Expat Stories: Moved from USA to Cochabamba, Bolivia (Part 2 of 2) Not rated yet
14. Is there anything about Bolivia that turned out to be very unexpected to you? Not really, thanks to my girlfriend I had about as good an understanding …

Expat Stories: Moved from USA to Cochabamba, Bolivia (Part 1 of 2) Not rated yet
1. How did you first hear about Bolivia and/or become interested in Bolivia as a possible place to live? I met a girl from Bolivia while in college …

Expat Stories: Bolivia is Not What it Seems From the Outside. Be Flexible and Open-Minded. Not rated yet
1. How did you first hear about Bolivia and/or become interested in Bolivia as a possible place to live? When I met my husband. 2. Where are …

Expat Stories: I Fell in Love With the Country and the Culture. Tarija Just Felt Like Home. Not rated yet
1. How did you first hear about Bolivia and/or become interested in Bolivia as a possible place to live? My passion is high altitude backpacking. …

Expat Stories: Moving to Santa Cruz, Bolivia Seemed Like a Good Choice Given the Economic Situation in Europe Not rated yet
1. How did you first hear about Bolivia and/or become interested in Bolivia as a possible place to live? I met a Bolivian illegal immigrant in Spain …

Expat Stories: Met my Bolivian Partner in Argentina and Moved with Him to Santa Cruz, Bolivia Not rated yet
1. How did you first hear about Bolivia and/or become interested in Bolivia as a possible place to live? I met my partner who is from Santa Cruz, …

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