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    Question Moving to sosua and cost of living in el batey sosua

    Hey you must have seen my last post im moving with my husband and 1yo kid
    i think it was best to start another post, besides information on day care prices
    locations quality id also like to know about prices on things, im dominican
    and i dont have problems with consuming local food, (im describing my style of living
    so you can help me better) me and my husband also smoke ciggs and drink sometimes,
    were not much of party people but we do go out sometimes plus with the baby
    is pretty difficult.

    so electric bills?
    water bills?
    cable?
    cellphone signal for claro and orange?
    food?
    transportation?(oh yeah transportation i santiago people get around
    in conchos, how is it in sosua? any routes?motoconchos?)
    day cares close from el batey?quality of service?rates?
    job offers?(im a certified teacher, ive worked with callcenters, pet store, and with costumer service)

    anything else i must know please! let me know ^^

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    Well my info may help but I haven't lived there in a while (i do speak to my old neighbors frequently). I moved to Sosua for 30 days to learn more spanish and ended up staying 2005-2008. I built a small biz teaching ESL and then Spanish once I spoke it well. I say that to let you know I wasn't rich nor did I go with ANY type of savings. Just enough to pay about 1-3 months rent at around $300 USD in el batey for a 1 bedroom with phone line internet (fairly fast for avg use) hot water and generator. Was able to lower that to 260 by doing a lot of my own repairs and bargaining. MY 2nd place cost half that for half the size. Some places charge around 450 per month or so, for a duplex apt. Once you are actually IN Sosua it's easier to network and find out what's available.

    My electric used to be around 1,500 or more (maybe $50+ usd) in my 2nd place. In the first it was "included".

    Cell bill was always prepaid cards. I would buy a 500 peso card (15-18$$) and it could last me M-F, esp since incoming is always free. Heck even when the minutes run out you get incoming free. So I wold call and after a minute say call me back lol. But also late night rate in 2007-2008 were like .08 cent per min after 9pm (think DR version of free nights and weekends) so you could talk for like 12 min and just add up to 1 peso, or rather 96 cents of a peso. Not sure whats the big thing now phone-wise
    Signal was good in el batey, bad in Maranatha going towards Sosua Abajo etc
    Some "spot" are bad but that happens here in the USA.

    I maybe spent 4,000-12,000 pesos for food and thats a mix of grocery AND going out to eat. a good plate at local rates can be 150-300 pesos. In the supermercado "Playero" (you will know it trust me lololol) you can get anything you can get up here, and will pay more for foreign brands. I like local. Only a few things like Quaker Hot Cereal etc but even that has its equivalents.

    Unless its more now, 1000 pesos is generall floating around $35-37 dollars for a quick mental conversion. Thats $150-400 give or take in food USD. And beer! 3 for 100 peso specials or go to the BJ in Santiago and stock up! then get some McDonalds with a beer as the sell it in there too lol

    DEFINITELY lots of Motoconchos, or you could walk since el batey is fairly small. I rented a pasola for about 100 USD a month and gas was incredible with it. very eco. I also rented cars and jeeps quite frequently for various rate but an *avg is like 1500 pesos a day.

    They have some day cares, yes. Local people and International ones as well.

    I taught on my own and had great success for a while- inbox me if you want more info on that - but also they have language schools if you teach spanish or english, and also international schools k-12, also local DR schools.Wages can be anywhere form low 5000 pesos to 16k pesos. Depends.

    I liked working on my own and not having a cap on salary or time but the stable school money is also less stressful.

    I'm currently looking into how i can get back - we all may be vecinos lol

    ciao

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    Let me add that some call centers have been moving to the DR so that is an opp for you as well as inquiring with the hotels and bars/restaurants. It's about what you want to do and willing to do at the same time.

    Going out is a mix of where you want to dance, what music, and of course which spots are choc full of puta or not. To be honest its not as bad as you would think, if you have been in Santiago you already know what I mean. Around but avoidable. But when the town is hurting that element increases, as well as around holidays.

    Some dance spots and clubs up the road in other towns are available, as well as in the resorts. I like the concerts at the carwashes, you can see big names like Anthony Santos or Raulin for very little chele

    Espero que todo eso te ayude

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    electric could be 300 / month without fridge. buy food daily or use coolbox with ice at 50 pesos for 3 days.
    so electric bills?
    water should be low 100 pesos week max but have some water bottle
    water bills?
    cable should be 500/ month
    cable?
    100 pesos call card will last a month.
    cellphone signal for claro and orange?
    food should be under 100 pesos a day.
    Home brew reduces cost. Also use pipe tobacco for cigs.

    food?
    Last edited by yanandu; 04-07-2011 at 02:45 PM.

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    errrrrm electric 300 a month I dont think so

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    10 watt LED light bulb 7 hours a day. 2.1kwh month

    TV 14" 50 watts LEDLCD TV 4 hours a day. 6.0 kwh

    Ice machine for 2 hours / day 6.0 kwh

    Rice cooker 10 operations 4.0 kwh

    Chargers/laptop 5.0 kwH

    Total 23 kw h at 12 pesos

    300 pesos.

    Yanandu

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    you must be living in the 19th century,
    Who the hell has a 14in tv in these days. not even the poorest dominican.
    100 pesos a month for phone card? you must be using the phone as a beeper.
    less than 100 pesos for food. where do you eat and what do you eat?

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    Many people have 14 inch TV's......
    Many Dominicans.
    Text messages are fine for most things.

    You can cook 2 good meals a day for well under 100 pesos.

    e.g. for main meal rice, 2 veg, portion beans pork chop or chicken, banana etc.

    for 2nd. meal porridge, milk, sugar, egg, rice, salad.

    coffee or green tea.

    home made root or ginger beer.

    Snack - fried sweet potatoes.

    Yanandu

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    Yes and for laundry, simply go out back and beat your wet clothes against a rock. A diet of mostly yucca, plantains, dried beans and rice will also help your money go farther.

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    lightweight clothes - mainly one or two automatic loads a week. Not much electricity.

    your diet could be done on a dollar a day or just over.

    most people don't have to go to extremes.

    Yanandu

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