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    ok, i just read some not so nice stuff about diane pellerin.and now i am skeptical.Im not picky about where i live,i lived in cuba most of my life so living in a small little appt isnt an issue for me.I am concerned however about employment.I was going to go there with enough money for rent and try to get a job asap to support myself.Diane said she could help me find a job.If anyone has any advice on where i can go to find a job,or get a decent appt close to playa dorada preferably,it would be greatly appreciated.Gracias!

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    Hi, why would you want to be close to Playa Dorada would be my first question? Playa Dorada is about 10-15 min outside of Puerto Plata, and it is a gated tourist complex. Around in nothing but nature and the mainroad that goes between Puerto Plata and Cabarete.

    If you are counting on work in Playa Dorada, be prepared it is hard.
    Hotels do not hire foreigners, some excursion companies does in selling and then youŽll get a commission based salary, you will stand in the Plaza Mall trying to get people to buy tours from you. (They have the same option from their tour reps, at the hotel and by the pool ).
    You can earn anything from 0 to very little, 100-200 US on a month from working 6 days a week.

    Other options might be to look in to bars, telemarketing etc. For that you need to be here, get a net of people.
    And of course all depends on your skills. Do you speak any languages?
    How long will you be here? Speak Spanish? Do you know the island and the culture?

    Puerto Plata is still closest to Playa Dorada if you plan to look for work there.
    In Sosua or Cabarete your chances might be bigger though, although there youŽll find apartments etc more expensive.
    Any apartments youŽll find in advance, even in Puerto Plata, are for tourist rental ( long term ) and prices are higher. If you are staying for a long time, you might win by getting a hotel the first nights and look for a furnished apartment upon arrival.

    It takes time to find work here, depending on your skills of course, and on your personality, but donŽt expect it to happen the first week.
    It doesnŽt work like that here. Everything takes time.

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    yes i do speak spanish,im half cuban and was raised in cuba most of my life. i also speak english and french since i spent the other half in montreal.im just looking for a small furnished type appt in puerto plata. i really dont care,im not picky,im used to it!living in cuba has prepared me for all!a couple of the hotels i spoke to said they would hire foreigners, (i worked as animation in cuba for 2years).I could easily bartend as well.I have been considering staying at the suncamp place.I ride horses as well so i was hoping on finding a job doing the riding tours.I definately understand the culture,the island i do not know so well,ive only been once.but i spent the entire time off resort.

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    There are small apartments around in Puerto Plata, you will for sure find something. Why donŽt you contact Joanne at Sams Bar/Castilla.
    (username on dr1 is samsbar ). Book a room for 2-3 nights, they come cheap there, and that is gathering place for many people. For sure someone can help you find an affordable place to stay.
    Or rent a furnished room, with facilities such as washing mashines etc around.
    Joanne is a source, and youŽll be in the city.
    There is public tranportation from the city if you get a job in Playa Dorada.
    Check jobs when you come, what people say is one thing, and reality another... You know that, right?

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    I think you should contact some people whi rent apartments. I have one 2 bedroom, 2 and a half bath that I rent long term. I usaukky spread the word amount real estate and some Dominicans when it is available, If I do that I'm sure others do it also.

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    I think it is very, very unusual. Most that rent long term, either do not rent out at all when away, or only to people they know very well.
    I have never heard of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gatita_fiera
    ok, i just read some not so nice stuff about diane pellerin.and now i am skeptical.Im not picky about where i live,i lived in cuba most of my life so living in a small little appt isnt an issue for me.I am concerned however about employment.I was going to go there with enough money for rent and try to get a job asap to support myself.Diane said she could help me find a job.If anyone has any advice on where i can go to find a job,or get a decent appt close to playa dorada preferably,it would be greatly appreciated.Gracias!
    Be advised that Diane is an ex-timeshare sales person. The job she will help you find is introducing you to timeshare (vacation club) salespeople. If they like you they may hire you. But, it is a 100% commission job and will be at least a month before you see any money even if you make a sale the first day. If you don't make a sale the first week, expect to find another job.

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    Before seeing money... that goes for most jobs you can get here as a new foreigner.

    Bar - They will train you 1,2,3 weeks first. No salary.

    Tourism sales - Same, first training, and 1st month commission will be seen after a month.

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    thanks for the tips,im looking into other options,i hate selling those vacation club things.i hate the ppl who sell them!im going into the hotels,i have some contacts there so well see.who knows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gatita_fiera
    thanks for the tips,im looking into other options,i hate selling those vacation club things.i hate the ppl who sell them!im going into the hotels,i have some contacts there so well see.who knows.
    Just remember that most Dominican hotel workers work for a pay rate less than what you probably would need to live on your own. Most times they have to live in extended family groups with multiple incomes in order to make it. Can you live on 8000 pesos (approx $250) a month?

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