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Travel Advisor: Vanessa Cole

The owner of the company, Vanessa Cole, lived in Puerto Vallarta for 10 years and Cancun for 2 years. She has worked in Luxury Villa Rentals since 2001.

Puerto Vallarta: Security, Love, Values and Knowledge

Corazon de Niña

Orphanages are common in Mexico and Puerto Vallarta is no exception. “Changing the course of history – One child at a time” is the philosophy of Fundación Corazon de Niña, which translates as Heart of the Child. Corazon de Niña has two homes in Puerto Vallarta. They stand adjacent to each other; one sheltering girls, the other housing the male population. These are at-risk children and two-thirds are female. On average there are around forty children living in this nurturing, loving environment, mas o menos. Puerto Vallarta takes a pride in supporting this non-profit institute. Ages run from newborn to twenty-three years. Without the aid of local businesses, keeping things going would be a lot tougher.

The goals of Corazon de Niña are simple. Security, love, values and knowledge. These are the foundations of a well balanced person who can grow up to be a responsible adult. Attention is focused on the comforts of a normal home: clean clothes after a shower; hair that is stylishly brushed and combed, with ribbons and braids for girls; toothpaste, soap and shampoo, things most of us don’t think about on a daily basis. A safe place to sleep with clean sheets and blankets; nourishing food served at a table where one can share thoughts and ideas, like a family does; friendship. An uncomplicated pedestal of unconditional love is the strength of this loving home in Puerto Vallarta. Days at Corazon de Niña function without punishment; no voices raised in anger; without accusations or judgment. Counselors work to teach by their personal example and children are encouraged to seek spirituality. Gentleness and understanding with communication are the cornerstones of lessons. Children are taught with powerful values that aim to guide them to be confident, generous and supportive as they mature and grow. With education, it’s their belief that children can break the bonds of poverty that have affected generations. The encouragement to further learning by enrolling in post-secondary education is a prime objective. Most of these children go on to lead successful adult lives.

Children often arrive at Corazon de Niña in deplorable condition. It is not unusual for them to be ill, stricken with parasites, lice and scabies. Many are victims of horrible abuse and in need of therapy, dental and medical attention, and a safe place where they can live without dread waking up in the morning. It’s a joy to see the growth and development of these children, learn some of their stories and how they’ve progressed.

To learn more about Fundación Corazon de Niña and see how you can help, visit their website http://fundacioncorazon.mx.

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ning to move to a Latin country. Learn to relax. Be patient. Forget about wanting and getting everything right now. Sometimes you’ll be lucky and that will occur but don’t ever, ever expect it to turn out that way. If you train yourself to slow down, you will live longer and be much happier. You will also live like an expat, a person who has chosen to take on the culture and habits of another country. In Puerto Vallarta, we are not in a hurry.

Be nice. One thing we love about Puerto Vallarta is we never walk down the street without being greeted, regardless of the time of day. When we walk the pup, everyone is friendly; one of the first things we added to our daily repertoire. The idea of saying hello and good-day to strangers is not just appealing, it makes one feel good! Smile. You can change a person’s entire day just by smiling; the bank teller, grocery clerk, water delivery man, taxi driver… they will appreciate it. Smiling doesn’t only make you look better; it also changes your attitude.

Prepare all your documents so they won’t need renewing for a long time; your driver’s license and passport, for example. Switch your credit cards to online so you can pay bills online. Alert your bank and other institutions of your move. We have Amazon in Mexico now and you will be able to order locally. Change your delivery address with them and make sure you have address changes updated prior to your move.

Don’t bring everything you own. Whether you are moving to Puerto Vallarta and pulling a trailer or driving down in your Mini Cooper, bring only what you absolutely think you can’t live without. If you have to store the rest of your belongings and bring them at a later time, you will know at some point you have made the correct decision.

In the process of doing your diligent research before making the big move to Puerto Vallarta, don’t believe everything you read or hear. Be prepared to make a lot of your own choices.

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Thanks to our Guest Blogger Adam Garcia for this great article!  (Opinions expressed are his own…)

About Vacation Villas of Mexico Founder, Vanessa Cole

The founder of the company, Vanessa Cole, lived in Puerto Vallarta for 10 years and in Cancun for 2 years. She has worked in Luxury Vacation Villa Rentals since 2001.

Originally from San Antonio, Texas, Vanessa earned a degree from the University of Texas in Austin, majoring in International Business and Latin American Studies.  Fluent in Spanish, she has worked and traveled all over Mexico and South America.

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