For current and prospective parents, a huge part of deciding whether or not to move out of the country is how that decision will affect their ability to raise children. On this episode, Jesse and Chelsea will tell you everything you need to know about raising kids in Puerto Vallarta including details on medical care, education, entertainment, and citizenship.
When considering raising a family in a different country, one of the chief concerns is medical care. Specifically, making sure that the labor and delivery process is safe and affordable. From Jesse and Chelsea’s personal experience, the birthing process in Mexico is both! The cost for Jesse to give birth at one of the major hospitals in Puerto Vallarta was roughly $1000. Chelsea’s first delivery was at a nicer clinic in a small beach town 45 minutes from PV and cost $600, while her second delivery was much more complicated yet cost only $1500. Bringing the baby home from the hospital isn’t the only affordable thing. Pediatric care in PV will run you roughly $40 for a check-up. It’s incredible how accessible everything is!
Every parent wants their child to have the best possible education. As a result, moving to a country where you have not personally experienced the education system can be scary. Like anywhere else, Puerto Vallarta has public and private schools. Admittedly, there is a bit of a gap in quality between the two, but private schools in PV are much more affordable than those in the States. Private schools tend to have more resources and course offerings, but both provide students with a quality education. When it comes to cost, Jesse pays between $100 to $150 per month to send her daughter to a Montessori-style daycare five days a week. Chelsea’s kids are older and she pays about $250 per month, per child to send them to a K-12th grade private school. In either case, private education costs are a fraction of what they are in North America.
Another parental priority is making sure kids have fun activities to engage in. Luckily, Puerto Vallarta has no shortage of things to do. For the budget-conscious, nature is always free of charge. PV is filled with beaches, rivers, mountains, and trails that are sure to stoke the imagination of both the young and young at heart. However, premium activities don’t come with a premium price tag like they do in other countries. The monthly cost of things like karate and ballet come to roughly $50. There are tons of after-school programs, gymnastics, horseback riding, tennis, swimming lessons, and even a massive indoor play. Parents who raise their kids in PV can give them a variety of different experiences without breaking the bank. Listen to this episode for more on raising kids abroad!
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