Archive | February, 2012

Some of the Best Festivals in Mexico

29 Feb
  • Son Jarocho Music Festival: Taking place in Tlacotalpan in February, this festival celebrates the religious customs ofMexicowith music, art, and lots of fun.
  • Festival de México: This festival includes dance, music, and opera and is held in March in the downtown Historic Center of Mexico.
  • MoreliaInternational Film Festival: This festival takes place in October and features documentaries by up and coming visionary filmmakers.
  • Guelaguetza Festival: This festival takes place inOaxacaCityand features dance, folklore, and music from all overMexico. It’s a Mexican tradition not to be missed.

For more information visit this article on lonelyplanet.com.

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One Expat Family’s Experiment in Enrolling Kids in School Abroad

27 Feb

New York Times writer, Clifford Levy recounts his experience in moving his family in 2007 from Brooklyn, New York to Moscow, Russia. His children, who were in the fifth grade, third grade, and kindergarten, were “among the first foreigners to attend Novaya Gumanitarnaya Shkola, the New Humanitarian School. All instruction was in Russian. No translators, no hand-holding.” The writer touches upon the struggle his kids went through in learning an entirely new language in a foreign environment and their transition from the first to the fourth year.

In an article written by the mother, there is a video of the kids speaking about their expat experiences in coming to school every day and how they dealt with the transition difficulties.

Both articles are a great read and it’s an especially interesting read for an expat family thinking of what kind of school to place their kids in (English speaking, non-English speaking, or a mix). The article helps you reflect on the effect this transition could have on your child’s lives (good and bad).

Picture credit: NY Times

Video: ProMexico’s Jorge Lopez Talks About the Huge Expansion of Mexico’s Automobile Industry

24 Feb

 Regional Director for ProMexico, Jorge Lopez, discusses factors that make Mexico very competitive in the automobile industry as well as the attractiveness of investing in Mexico’s auto industry. He mentions that it’s no surprise that Mexico ranks among the top 10 auto producers and exporters in the world. There have been a slew of top automakers investing in Mexico, for example Nissan recently invested US $1.9 billion in the industry.

Transition Tips for Expats with Kids

23 Feb

ExpatFocus offers tip for expats with kids on how to make the transition abroad easier on you and your family.

Photo credit: escapefromamerica.com

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