“Kathleen, I am a mature single female living in NYC. I have been an arts educator for 25 years and am a dancer, fitness instructor, artist. I plan to retire from the Department of Education and start my next career teaching Latin Body Movement/Exercise in either Panama or Colombia.
“I am a city girl, love nightlife, culture, etc., but love the beach, too. I don’t know what would be best for me, and I don’t have a lot of money to go all over the globe exploring, but I read your posts all the time. I haven’t seen you mention anything about expat communities where single people might thrive. Do you have any suggestions? I need to be within walking distance of stores and activities.
“Thank you so much for all the great work you do.”
–Sheila B., United States
Without a car, you’ll want to be in a city, so focus on Panama City for Panama or Medellin for Colombia (or perhaps Cartagena if you want to be on the coast). Medellin doesn’t have a large expat community at this point, but the foreign community here is growing. Panama City does have a very big expat community and many options for organized expat activities. However, note that most of the expats in Panama City aren’t retired. Many are working in international businesses and banks based here.
As Panama City and Medellin are only an hour flight from one another, it wouldn’t be too costly to check out both on a single trip.
“Kathleen, what would US$50,000 get me in Colombia?”
–Jesse G., United States
With US$50,000 you could buy a small apartment in some middle-class neighborhoods of Medellin, for example—perhaps in Sabaneta or Laureles.
In addition, I know of a particular invest-in-property-for-a-visa opportunity available in Medellin right now with a buy-in of less than US$35,000. More information on the program we’ve put together for what is shaping up to be the global property event of the year is here.
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