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    Default Raising young children in Las Terrenas

    Hi, I'm new to this forum and I've been reading through many posts. I don't see much on relocating to the DR with young children. Our boys are 1 and 3 yrs and their female cousins are 3 and 6 years. Their cousins will be moving to LT in the next 12 to 18 months. They've bought a condo.
    I'd love to hear about your experiences raising expat children in Las Terrenas, the NC or just the DR in general if LT is too specific. If this has already been covered in another post...apologies and maybe you could provide a link.

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    So far so good, French school is really good. Otherwise the american school is run by Annette Snyder, and I heard she does a great job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ladysnow89 View Post
    Hi, I'm new to this forum and I've been reading through many posts. I don't see much on relocating to the DR with young children. Our boys are 1 and 3 yrs and their female cousins are 3 and 6 years. Their cousins will be moving to LT in the next 12 to 18 months. They've bought a condo.
    I'd love to hear about your experiences raising expat children in Las Terrenas, the NC or just the DR in general if LT is too specific. If this has already been covered in another post...apologies and maybe you could provide a link.

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    I'm curious. Do the parents have a business that can be operated out of the DR. Where are they from? Las Terrenas has a large European population. Many French, German and Italian ex-pats. My wife and I lived there for about 6 years, 7 months out of the year. There are schools and good people that run them. I am not sure the quality of education is equal to North America. Although exposure to different cultures and languages is a definite plus. Your relatives will need to apply for residency and that process starts in their home country. They need to contact the closest Domincan Consulate to see what the requirements are. Good luck. If you have other questions ask.

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    We raised three kids in Santiago. Vi came to Santiago when the kids where 6,4 and 3 years old.The eldest start preschool in New Horizon Santiago
    the other 2 Montessori preschool Santiago.Our eldest son( now 16 ) finished 9 th grade at New Horizon (a bilingual privat school) last year and went to Germany as a guest student in the 10th grade . He has now decided to stay in Germany until 12 th grade. His knowledge in Spanish andEnglish
    are excellent, German too. But Math,History,science and social studies are behind German (and I believe North American) standard .Personally

    he said that the school in Santiago was very easy, in Germany he has really to work. thats my experience from Dominican school. They are more or less 1 year behind European/American standard.
    My other 2 children still attend New horizon in Santiago. I believe they too has to go back from 1o th grade to 9th grade when continue school in Germany or North Amerika.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LTSteve View Post
    I'm curious. Do the parents have a business that can be operated out of the DR. Where are they from? Las Terrenas has a large European population. Many French, German and Italian ex-pats. My wife and I lived there for about 6 years, 7 months out of the year. There are schools and good people that run them. I am not sure the quality of education is equal to North America. Although exposure to different cultures and languages is a definite plus. Your relatives will need to apply for residency and that process starts in their home country. They need to contact the closest Domincan Consulate to see what the requirements are. Good luck. If you have other questions ask.
    We have so many questions! Thank you so much for replying.
    They/we are from Canada and will be operating a business. They are also drawing a pension. We are considering joining them in a couple of years when our kids are slightly older. Good to hear that there are a couple of schooling possibilities. I speak French and I'd pick up Spanish within a year. I'm just hoping that the kids can make friends with expat kods amd locals. I've read a lot on here about safety/security and I don't necessarily want to be isolated from other families and kids in a gated community. Is a gated community the way to go in LT?

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    As a self proclaimed worrywart mom, one of my concerns moving to Lt with young children is a lack of nearby hospital as well as availability of quality education

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    Quote Originally Posted by Squat View Post
    So far so good, French school is really good. Otherwise the american school is run by Annette Snyder, and I heard she does a great job.
    Thanks! Has it been easy for you/the kids to make friends?

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    Kids make friends as easily as puppies. They will be speaking Spanish in a few weeks at most. Worry not for the kids!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ladysnow89 View Post
    We have so many questions! Thank you so much for replying.
    They/we are from Canada and will be operating a business. They are also drawing a pension. We are considering joining them in a couple of years when our kids are slightly older. Good to hear that there are a couple of schooling possibilities. I speak French and I'd pick up Spanish within a year. I'm just hoping that the kids can make friends with expat kods amd locals. I've read a lot on here about safety/security and I don't necessarily want to be isolated from other families and kids in a gated community. Is a gated community the way to go in LT?

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    In any third world country, including the DR, security is the number one priority. I would not suggest getting a free standing home because of these exact reasons. Your relatives will new to the DR, Las Terrenas and a new way a life. There is a learning curve. They should consider renting initially before buying anything.

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    Good advice. Thanks

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