A New Beginning

As a truly dedicated educator and traveler, together with my husband I accepted a new job offer. It was challenging to decide what country we wanted to live in. There are various things one needs to consider when choosing a new country.

When applying and looking for different positions around the world, for whatever reason we did not consider Latin America at all. However, most of the interview requests came from this part of the world. As true adventure junkies, we decided to accept a job offer from El Salvador, Central America. I know that the news picture of El Salvador is extremely bad and dangerous. I would not say that the decision was an easy one. However, after talking to people who have lived here for more than 10 years, we have been reassured that as every country El Salvador can be safe and welcoming. So, we accepted a job offer from Academia Britanica Cuscatleca (ABC). I’m writing this post from our beautiful new home in Santa Tecla. Here’s a screenshot from Google Maps of the distance:

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We arrived in El Salvador last Saturday, August 6th, in the evening. Here’s the itinerary of our journey:

Kyiv – Madrid (via Ukrainian International Airline) 5 hours, 30 min.

Madrid – Guatemala City (via Iberia) 14 hours, 40 min.

Guatemala City – San Salvador (via Iberia, actually the same plane that took us from Madrid to Guatemala!) – 35 min.

Because we had a long layover in Madrid (more than 12 hours), the airline provided us with a room in the hotel. I think that a good night sleep in a comfortable bed made our trip from Madrid to Guatemala City somewhat easier.

After arriving in San Salvador we were pleasantly surprised to discover that all our 9 bags and 2 bikes arrived with us. We didn’t ship any of our belongings as there is supposedly a huge tax in El Salvador. Here’s a picture of my husband, Scott, with our luggage (very happy & satisfied!).


We were met and welcomed by our new director, who took us to our new house. The welcome was very nice. The house had everything necessary for a couple of days. And we were happy that everything went so well. Here we are, happy and looking tired, in our new house:


We had one week to explore a bit of this part of El Salvador. Mostly, we were shopping for various things for our new house (things like curtains, tablecloths, bedsheets, etc.), so it’s hard to call exploring!

We live in a very safe part of the country. Our residence is guarded. After being here for a week, I haven’t felt unsafe or threatened. Of course, one shouldn’t lose their vigilance and be aware of their surrounding. There are lots of American stores and many imported products in the grocery stores.

Here are some pictures of our new house. Stay tuned and enjoy your day!

Our House: