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    Default Moving to the DR - Information Please

    Please HELP!
    I will be moving to DR in about a year! My husband is Dominican and knows the country very well. I am a Human Resources Profesional and am concerned about employment oppotunities where i can utilize my English language/skills. Although i am completely fluent in the Spanish language, it is not my forte. Any advice?? I know that it will take a long time for me to adjust. I have only been there once, and it was for about 15days. This next question might be silly, but does anyone know if there is such thing in the DR as an 'American Community/place' that i can visit/live where i would feel more at home??

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    Vilma, which area would you be moving to?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vilma View Post
    Please HELP!... My husband is Dominican and knows the country very well.
    I assume that your husband is here in the DR and knows the country better than many of us.
    Can he not help you?

    Janin

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    Default Dear Vilma, I Don't Thonk That You Will Be Happy Here!

    You are looking for an "American Community" before you have even arrived here!
    There is no "American Community" here!
    There is no "EX-Pat" community either.
    We live all over the country!
    If you feel that you want to "Feel at home" only by living with Americans,you will not do well here!
    Sorry,but VERY True!
    Cris Colon
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    Wow! thanks for the info i guess. Yes, my husband is dominican but he knows nothing about the dominican "good" life. Does that make sense? (I don't want to give the wrong impression at all). He grew up in poverty there, and migrated to the USA for a better life, which he was blessed enough to find. We married and are now thinking about moving to Santo Domingo. He only knows about the 'barrios' or the ghetto, not the nicer areas. We are NOT by any means $RICH$ but we would like to have a similar life. I shouldnt say WE, I really mean I because the US is all i know. When I visited the DR a few months ago I was very surprised with what I saw. I stayed in Villa Mella for 15 days, and although the people were great and treated us with great hospitality I was extremely home sick and missed being able to speak english and having a good conversation with someone who understands where i come from. That is why i asked if there is such thing there as a "American" community or place that is not the "touristy" type.

    I dont mean to offend anyone with anything that i've said.

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    Sosua may be your best bet with the largest percentage of American & Canadian expats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vilma View Post
    I dont mean to offend anyone with anything that i've said.
    No I don't think you've offended anyone. Can I ask is your husband keener on this move back than you are? I could be wrong but I detect a little reluctance on your part. There are many nicer places in SD & I'll let the SD people answer that part of your question. But I would say if the 2 of you have different levels of motivation about moving here, maybe that is something to work out between the 2 of you before you move? Otherwise he'll be in his element back in his motherland as a success & you could end up feeling like a fish out of water............and that will put all sorts of strain on the marriage.

    As Rocky said, there is a high percentage of North Americans living in Sosua but it is 'touristy' as per the comment you made.

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    If you move to the capital I would suggest you seek employment in one of the international schools there since many of them have Americans and Canadians on staff. The Carol Morgan School has the largest number of expat hires. This would allow you to speak with many of your coworkers primarily in English and yet still afford opportunities for you to perfect your Spanish as well.

    You don't say whether or not you will need to work but if you don't have to even doing something as low paying as substitute teaching will still let you have a connection to make friendships with many well educated Dominicans and expats on staff.

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    If you stayed in Villa Mella I think he is planning to relocate in Santo Domingo. If you are planning to buy a house ask your husband where is he planning to buy it.
    Do not underestimate your husband. He knows the better life but maybe he is tired of the American style living. He wants to be around his people, to have people in his house every time. It is like MI CASA ES TU CASA.
    Be prepared for this kind of life. Unannounced visitors. Loud music, beers, friends coming over with chicken, crabs for you to cook.
    This is life in the barrios but the same way he adapted to the American way, you can adapt to the Dominican way but little by little you can apply some rules.
    I lived that kind of life. My parents loved it. People coming to the house at
    12:00M when all the plates were served on the table. My mother scooping rice from the plates to make extra plates for the visitors. Youngest children know their meat will go to the visitors plates.
    If your husband comes home with a friend and his dinner is on the table. He will tell you "Give my friend the half." Normal thing in the barrios.
    It will be a big change for you but you husband is missing that life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Criss Colon View Post
    You are looking for an "American Community" before you have even arrived here!
    There is no "American Community" here!
    There is no "EX-Pat" community either.
    We live all over the country!
    If you feel that you want to "Feel at home" only by living with Americans,you will not do well here!
    Sorry,but VERY True!
    Cris Colon
    CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC

    Hate to be the one to admit it, but CCCCCCCC CCCCCCCC(etc...) hit the nail on the head with this one...

    OP: Just read it again and don't let it out your other ear...
    One Dominican at a time please!


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