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    Hi Iam a single mother of two living in the US, my mother lives in Tamboril Santiago and would like me to go and live with her.
    I have been considering the posabity of living there the only thing that Iam affraid is for my kids school and a good job for myself, I have lived in the US for all my life and this would be a big change.
    I need help and info

    Thank you I would gladly appreciate all the help.

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    The DR economy is not kind to single mothers There are very few support structures of the kind that you are used to. Having lived in the US, you probably can get a better job with speaking both languages, but you will still earn very little money. The public school system is difficult, to say the least.

    Maybe you could consider getting your mother to visit you regularly, or for your mother to live with you in the US?

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    Thank you so much for you suggestion, my mother dont like US because of health problems and also Iam having financial problem with everything being so high price in the US.
    any other suggestion in this case.
    Thanks

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    As a single mother having always lived in the US Iím almost positive that you will find living here in the DR rather difficult.

    You did not state if you would be living with your mother in Tamboril or if you would be looking for a place to rent. If renting is the path you must take then the expense of that will have to be included with the prices you have been quoted in your other posts concerning private schooling for your children.

    You also didnít state if you had taught your children Spanish or if they only speak English. If they also speak Spanish then the free public school system is an option. If they donít then that is not an option.

    I also noticed that you have inquired in other threads about a job and I donít know if you have received any personal responses to them. Employment for the average Dominican is rather difficult with wages far below what is realized in the US and unless you are prepared to live like an average Dominican I would think it would be difficult to survive here.

    Iím sorry I canít paint a rosy picture for you but thatís the way it is here. The difference of living here and in the US is like the difference of night and day if you donít have the necessary funds to insure a US type of livelihood.

    I would think that the advice supplied by Chris is something you should consider. What ever decision you make insure that the welfare of your children comes first and please donít take offense at that statement because Iím not implying that you as a mother wouldnít. Itís just something that, as a parent, just automatically comes out of my mouth.. Good luck to you.

    Rick

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    jventura: No va a ser fácil.

    -A lot depends on talents you may possess. For example there is a Zona Franca in Tamboril. It is run by the Bermúdez family. Good operation.
    -There are several cigar companies there also, but the pay is not that good, although better than average.
    -The fact that you know English is a plus, and there are plenty of telemarketing jobs opening up.

    Depending on just how much Spanish the children know may or may not play a big role in what you do. If they know Spanish, then they can go to a fairly good "colegio", and have a better chance at going to a good university, either here or there.
    If they do not have any Spanish but are very young, then they can pick it up fast here. If they are teens, then you will have a problem since English language schools are pretty expensive.

    I wonder why you cannot get enough welfare, child care and other social assistance to get by with a decent, if modest, job in the States. Or, if you just want to oblige your Mom by living here. Think about it. It is a major decision that will affect your children a lot. It can be done but only with a lot of hard work and planning.

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    Thanks Rick yes like you just said my children are first and yes I'll be living with my mother so that will not be a problem, my kids speak english but a little spanish but Iam looking for a private school.

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    Thank you Hillbily for you advice I see what Rick, Chris and yourself are saying the only problem living in the US, yes you do have a lots of opportunity but thereís no life I live to work and pay my bill like any where else I know but in order for me to spend time with my kid I need to stop working two jobs I can afford to do.

    Iím trying to get a living and opportunity for me and especially for my kid
    that's why Iím looking for your ideas and I appreciate all the help

    If I move to DR I believe that all I have to work is for my daily living and a good school for my childrenís

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    If this was me ... If I was in the US with two young children, I would not even contemplate moving back home. Your opportunities with your children are much greater in the US. Although people that have posted in this thread love it here in the DR, we either have strong families, or we are not in dire financial straits. Investigate every opportunity that there is for you in the US and try and make enough money to pay for your mom to visit you.

    Whatever you do, please make no decision before you have not visited here for at least a month, to check out the situation.

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    Before we go any further with advice let me ask you some more questions so that we may get a better picture of the situation;

    1. When was the last time you were here?

    2. Is your normal diet consist of rice every day or you potatoes people?

    3. What part of the US do you live?

    Answer those and I'll be back to you.

    Rick

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    What the hell difference does it make whether she eats potatoes or rice.

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