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yachts66 posted Prevailing wages?? on the Dominican Republic forum on November 19, 2014:
Do any of you living there know what the prevailing wage is for: Domestic Help Welders Carpenters Furniture grade carpenters Electricians Plumbers Farm Laborers My thanks in advance for your input.
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tonyb764 replied to the thread Picking a good reasonable moving company on the Dominican Republic forum on November 18, 2014:
tonyb764 initially posted:
Does anyone know a good reasonable moving company to help me move from the United States to the Dominican Republic? I am moving from New Jersey to Sosua/Cabarete. within the next few months. Thanks in advance for your time and help.
tonyb764 replied on November 18, 2014 with:
Thanks for your reply partner. Taking one day at a time. Be safe. Tony
Bgon57 replied on November 18, 2014 with:
Who's better than you!!! shipped my apartment furniture from the New York to Santo Domingo. Reliable and very reasonable. Love Sosua, was thinking of moving there.
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yachts66 replied to the thread Seeking Advice about life in DR on the Dominican Republic forum on November 15, 2014:
yachts66 initially posted:
I've been living in the Philippines for going on 5 years now and its time to leave and try something new, so I'm giving a close look to the DR. I build boats for fun, sometimes I do some commercial fishing (usually hire locals for that) and I have an Ag background, so I like being in the countryside. Please do tell me about the DR , where I should look, not look, do, not do, etc. Thank You Very Much!
yachts66 replied on November 15, 2014 with:
Many thanks for all the responses, I've emailed each of you. Looking forward to hearing more.
CelesteP replied on November 15, 2014 with:
Basically I recommend Cabarete because I know a few people that live there and are very happy. Also because of the type of business you are in.
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aali4 posted ESL Teacher on the Dominican Republic forum:
Hello DR Expats, I recently completed my TESL/TEFL/TESOL Certificate in Canada and am eagerly searching for employment in Santo Domingo (preferably). I am having a bit of trouble getting bounce back emails from schools suggested by Oxford Seminars. Does anyone know of good, reputable schools that I can apply to? Thanks for you help, Alicia
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paladino replied to the thread Community Building on the Dominican Republic forum:
sharith initially posted:
I have read many excerpts or blogs about The Dominican Republic. Since I'm coming to live in the Dominican Republic for six months or more then apply for my residence. Why not male it comfortable for all us Expats. We should establish a welcome package for Expats and provide a sponsor for individuals who are going to stay in the DR for 3 months or more. I've heard so much about the crime, trash problem, unsafe night life lets make it safe for ourselves. We should start an investment club and but properties and we can, meaning members of the community we created can live in the property we buy for ourselves. Example purchase a building with 10 or 15 renovate for cheap and bring up to building code and specification to DR regulation and standards and live for free, the rest of the apartments we can rent out to other Expats for an affordable cost. Between US $250-&350.00a month. We can have a minimum investment of $,2000 and with 50 Expats that will be US $100,000, then we can create business and other things to suffice our needs. It will be a community, society, and our own little Utopia with in there society. We will have to elect council members on the board such as secretary, treasure, public relations, security advisor, sergeant at arms, chaplain, trustees, and community executive officer and have a membership dues for $ 20.00 a month to have funds for emergency funds for expats, parties and or celebrations for vip's or dignitaries. We would elect council members every two years and have secret password to enter our meeting. We can have our security for our properties to be safe, from unsavory individuals who want to violate us, rob us, or cause us harm. Since I'm a former retired Military Police and Protective Security Specialist we can protect ourselves and other expats in our community. This way we can enjoy walks at night or nights at the beach with our family and significant other. I read blogs about the trash and the uncleanliness of our locals. We can bring in an waste management consultant from the US or Canada to show us and teach us innovative ways to rid our self of the trash problem and ways to dispose of our waste. Possibly recycling it for monetary efforts to help our community to go green and we can make rubber products , fuel and energy. Use some of the money to sponsor our own youth organization and life foundation to help other people in the DR who are less fortunate, we have to give back. Last but not least people we have to have sponsors to donate in our cause making us a non-profit organization. The more funds we have we can buy more properties and business we create, we can help more people less fortunate than ourselves. Then we create and generate and income for ourselves and all of the investors will have shares in our organization and an income to live on while we reside happy in the DR. We have to reach out to major political figures, law enforcement agency, prominent business figures, and tourist commission. We have to have this support before we start to rise and do positive things. The more we do and we are professional, thorough, and effective they will listen to us. We have to have them on our side or we can say in our back pockets, since most of them are corrupt we make them honest. We make them feel good and treat them important, even if we think they are not important. My father told all the time even when he passed away,treat other men like their a gentlemen not because they are gentlemen, because you are. Lets us not forget, it's not what you know its who you know. If anyone out there think this is a good plan give me your honest opinion and be critical not offensive or disrespectful. We have to protect ourselves in the DR and make it safe and livable for us and our loved ones. Thank you for your time and effort they are greatly appreciated. May the peace and blessings of God be upon us all.
paladino replied most recently with:
Sharith, I have read your post three times now and I truly feel for your desire and interest. Having spent several years visiting and investigating opportunities in the DR I can immediately feel the depth of your interest and appreciate your details. Now there is the rub as we say...if you actually ever identify an area suitable and controllable to pursue this type of development I would be interested to see and hear about it. Having spent many months thinking about a similar effort I came to the conclusion that it will be almost impossible to achieve. Why, because virtually no one in the DR wants it...Oh, I believe the Dominicans would benefit from such an infusion and addtion to reality I see no interest. Dominicans are some of my favorite Latinos yet seeing a way to a prosperous future is not within their vision and there is not sufficient critical mass of resident outsiders in any specific area to date to support your idea. The current standard is for foreigners to visit, get some sun, drink some booze and then leave. There are many other countries courting expats much harder than the DR. If the DR government was smart they would fast track a massive infusion of foreigners by aggressive pursuing expats seeking a second passport and perm residencia.. but the government cannot see that far IMHO.
paladino replied most recently with:
I suggest that people discount any poster, like this one, who begins their post by denigrating some 'group of people'.. in this case Republicans.. but it makes not difference as bigotry is bigotry and nothing more. I expect someone who behaves this way does it on a regular basis and it's only a matter of time that you will become their target because you don't agree with them. If a group has a platform for and supports some offense like hurting or enslaving others then I can say that it deserves disrespect or even obliteration, otherwise question the validity of the person claiming harm. FYI: for those not from the USA ... Republicans are one of the two dominant ruling parties controlling politics in the USA and BTW I am not a's just this type of political bigotry that I left the USA to get away from as it's just childish tribalism .. my tribe versus your tribe. Hope everyone has a good day. I will be in Santiago in two weeks and can't wait.
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rpagan0203 posted Forum Admin, please cancel my account... on the Dominican Republic forum:
Dear Forum Admin, I do not wish to receive anymore emails from this Forum, please cancel my account since I haven't found the way to do it myself. Thank you
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lasterrenashomes replied to the thread Meet a nice Dominican Lady on the Dominican Republic forum:
tonyb764 initially posted:
Does anyone know where is a place close to Sosua, to meet a nice Dominican lady (hopefully knows some English) for friendship? I am a retired police officer from New Jersey whom just bought a retirement home in Sosua. I would like to meet someone to hopefully start a friendship, however in Sosua everything is about money. Should I expect that everywhere in DR? Thanks for your reply in advance.
lasterrenashomes replied most recently with:
Two of my friends use a dating website and have met some normal women there.
tonyb764 replied most recently with:
Thanks for your time.
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Bgon57 replied to the thread The Do's and the Do Not's for expats in DR on the Dominican Republic forum:
tonyb764 initially posted:
Can anyone give me some insight on what I should and shouldn't look out for, being a retired, single male that just bought a home in Sosua, Dominican Rep? Thank you in advance.
Bgon57 replied most recently with:
Very bad sign that the caretaker is bringing in their family to your home. That's the first sign of danger. Time to get another caretaker. Remember, if you're an expat, you are considered by the locals as a weak and an easy target. They might act submissive but that's an obscure cover preparing to leap at your most vulnerable moment.
Janin replied most recently with:
Did the previous employer of this caretaker pay 'liquidación'? And what is a 'partially' gated community? Janin
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Bgon57 posted Seeking Roomate in Santo Domingo on the Dominican Republic forum:
Looking for a mature and responsible Roommate (straight male) in Santo Domingo. Preferably an expat seeking relocation from the United States. Must be very clean, organized and straight male. I am an expat and can guide you with all relocation requirements. Rent $200p/m. includes shared cable, internet, wifi, bedroom. appliances, own bathroom. This is a 3 bedroom apt.. in a residencial building with parking, balcony, kitchen, liviing and dinning room. I have a servant that will wash clothes at extra cost. I work all day approximately 6 days per week and can offer job opportunities for expats or anyone seeking to relocate in the Dominican Republic. Please email me at or call (US) 646-657-1657 (leave a message).
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Ltindal replied to the thread Is it really so bad?? on the Dominican Republic forum:
concreteman initially posted:
Really? Nearly every post has someone telling you about how you will be screwed out of everything you own. Are Dominicans such bad people? I lived in Mexico for 6 months a ways back and loved it. meet many great locals and really don't recall a bad day there. Does anyone have a good life there or are you all there loving the weather and hating the country? I hope not, it would ruin my plans for the future. I have been searching the Caribbean via forums and other reading sources as to where a good place to live may be and have it down to 3 or 4 choices. The DR is one of them. In the next 2 years we will start traveling to these areas to see what we think. Someone give me some hope please...but be honest. Thx
Ltindal replied most recently with:
Replying to StevenBarr's post; I will start by warning every new comer to this site to be very careful about any and all advise that you are given by commenters about moving here and living conditions, etc. There's absolutely no evidence that the said commenter is an Expat. With that said, I'm retired from USA and I have my health insurance plus medicare in the USA. I return to the USA for all medical visits and to purchase my medication. The reason for that is, during my first 3 months in DR (2012) I went for a scheduled visit to a kidney doctor at Cedimat (the largest new hospital in Santo Domingo). When making my appointment, I asked, " does the doctor speak English?" I was told yes. When my fiancé, who's a registered nurse, and I sat in the room with the doctor; we discovered that he did not speak English. He also was clueless as to what questions to ask me, as my fiancé told him in Spanish, that I had a kidney transplant 6 years ago. I would have been better served speaking to doctors Moe, Larry & Curley. He did give me a prescription to get filled. The following day, I took the prescription to my primary DR. from Cuba, who opened the medical books and showed/told me, if I had taken this medicine, I'd be dead in a week. Therefore, the other commentor, was correct; you will be told by Dominicans what you want to hear, but it will not be true. Being bored here is an understatement. It's not the place, it's the people. I'm just blessed that I can fly from this place whenever I want. As for the other things, it would take 10,000 more words to explain.
StevenBarr replied most recently with:
I live in Santiago area, Camp david. I have lived in Santiago for 3 years with no events. I lived in a boating comunity in Luperon for another 5 years with no events. Life is safe here if you watch were u go and when, I did the same when I lived in Miami. A nice city but it can be dangerous at night in the wrong areas. I live a family life and I am usually at home before dark and up at 5 AM getting the kids ready for school. Private schools can be expensive here not like the US but the cost range in the $3000 US to $8000 a year for kids in the Santiago area. the people r friendly but will tell u what u want to hear, not the truth. gov is slow electric is off a lot for repair or black outs in the poorer areas to save fuel. Poor areas don't pay there bills. Water is good in most areas in Santiago, I n Luperon the water has been off for 3 years, they shut the tourist hotel down and the water also. Common areas by definition r areas that belong to everyone but no one cleans, repair, fixes. Look at the condition of most condos and u will see what I mean. Earthquakes are common here. Small and mostly unintursive. Many things are available here at La sirrena (wal-mart). there r some better stores Bravo, and National. There are a few low paying jobs for foreigners if u will work for $100 a week. Medical situation is good here u can buy health insurance if your 60 years or younger for about $60 a month or less. Family coverage is available and cheap. My brother in Miami pays $19,000 a year for family coverage. Medical doctors are vary similar to US doctors, the help maintain ur Diseases. Alopathic drs. The food is fresher and more healthy her in the dr, most of my friends lose weight in the first year and keep it off. HOMS is the new hospital, my wife and child both had operations that were successful. Come visit you will love it, a lot of foreigners get tired of the 3rd world living in 10 or less years. they get bored!! by for now steve in dr
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