Friday, March 8, 2013

Staying at Spanish speaker countries

Sometimes, when you work for an international company, you have the possibility to get a better position in other country.  It means to know other culture, to watch a lot of beautiful places, to talk to a lot of people and other interesting things you have never thought to do. Unfortunately, one of the main requirements that you have to fulfill is to be good communicating yourself in Spanish.  Or, maybe, you want to look for another job or to begin a new business in other place but you don’t know how to obtain the enough quantity of information about the requirements, documents or regulations you need to follow because all of the documents are in Spanish. Even, if you are thinking about buying a new house or farm, etc., in a Latin American country or Spanish city for living there after your retirement, you don’t comprehend how you can do a safe investment because you don’t understand the risks or the dangers you can face if you don’t resort to the right people or institutions.

Without going further, you can surf Internet and find a lot of situations where the foreigner is affected.  This situation does not only happen in a specific country.   It´s possible to find information about house buying in Costa Rica where the customers had access to false plans and they could visit an office that, presumably, was in charge of all documents but, in fact, the land where the houses would be built didn’t belong to the people who were selling it.  A lot of people lost big quantities of money.

Peter Jhon, in his book “Around the world in 80 scams”, talks about the 10 most common frauds that the travellers suffer.  We are going to explain some of them:
1.    Hotel´s fraud:  It’s usual to meet people who try to take you to the hotel they are offering.  Most of the time the information they give about their service is false but you go with them because they take your luggage and you don`t have other option.

2.   Taximeter´s fraud:  When you take a taxi, it`s very usual to watch a small machine that shows how much you have to pay but there are some taxi drivers who alter them and for that, you pay more.

3.   Robberies in Automatic Tellers: Thieves rob people when they are alone getting money from the automatic tellers.  It usually happens at night.

Don´t you think that could be good to know Spanish when you travel to cities or countries where this language is spoken? Don’t you think that you can obtain more help from local authorities if you know how to communicate with them?  Thank you for your comments.

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