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friarea
5/11/2017 20:45 EST

I've just received a job offer from the University of the Bahamas, for either the Nassau or Freeport campus (I would have to decide). To say I'm overwhelmed trying to make a decision to go or not is understating it quite a bit. I have 4 dogs and a parrot, and would need a house with some sort of yard. The pay being offered is decent, though not excessive. Any words of wisdom as I try to figure out if this is what I want to do?

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rahmank
5/12/2017 10:39 EST

Hey where are you from?

This is the place to get advice. Many people will be glad to help.

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friarea
5/12/2017 12:08 EST

I'm in the US, currently living in Oklahoma, and have family in Florida, which makes things a little easier.

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clcizme
5/16/2017 08:29 EST

Here is my suggestion, come to both Freeport and Nassau and look at what is on either. They are very different Islands and one might better suite your lifestyle than another. Just curious what you would be teaching? Bringing in the dogs would be easy, but you would only be able to plane two at a time. Or bring them across on the ferry. I have never done that, so someone else would have to answer any questions you have in that regard. Dr. Wildgoose is an excellent Vet here. I don't know about birds, you would have to ask her or look for the answer on the Bahamas.gov website. But, seriously, come and visit each place and look around. Talk to other expats that are working here and see if this is the lifestyle for you. If I can assist in any other way, I live on GBI., please feel free to ask.

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friarea
5/18/2017 19:29 EST

Thanks for the reply!

It has been narrowed down to the Freeport campus of the University of the Bahamas, which I gather is quite small. I would be teaching Biology, with a specialty in Genetics/Biochemistry.
The biggest issue I'm having right now is just in the logistics (and cost!) of moving or finding a place to live.
One of the things the Dean mentioned was that foreign contractors get some money back at the end of their contract? Does anyone know anything about that? It was mentioned along with the lack of income tax.
How expensive is it to fly/sail to Florida? I have family in Orlando.
Good to know that there's a good vet. I would have health insurance via the University, so I am less concerned about that. Are there pet-sitters? There is a research facility for my specialty on Andras, so I would like to go there every now and again.

Too many questions! I'm sorry. I have to give notice at my current University by June 5, and they want me to start in Freeport by Aug 1, so I'm feeling under the gun to make a decision.

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sdamazo
5/18/2017 21:19 EST

Have you been to Freeport? If not, I would stay there for some time and check everything before making the decision.

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jessica2015
5/18/2017 21:51 EST

Pming you

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clcizme
5/19/2017 00:51 EST

Big moves should never be rushed. I would suggest you visit. This would be a big change from what you are living in now. The University is way out from Freeport so you would need a car for sure. Moving here is costly if you move a household. Best to look for a place that is already furnished. Flights to Orlando vary in price by the time of year. You should check out a few times to get an average. No income taxes but you will still have to pay Uncle Sam every year. Also, you are required to contribute to National Insurance, that is a contract negotiation issue. Don't know what Insurance they have but you should still look at expat insurance. I'm not sure the medical care will be up to your standards. It really is best to come visit and see if this is a place you would want to live. If I can help feel free to PM me. Be blessed.

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rahmank
5/19/2017 11:25 EST

Finding a place to live: There are excellent realtors who can find a rental place for you at no cost (they get paid by the landlord). But be prepared to pay first months rent, last months rent and one months rent as security. so thats three months' rent you need in advance. However I found that employers are prepared to advance against the salary

Gratuity: Depends on your contract. My contract provides 15% gratuity. I think most governement contracts do.

Miami/Orlando/FLL: Flights are around $250 return, sometimes a bit cheaper, sometimes a bit more expensive.

Good luck, PM me if you want any specific answers but I am a bit busy these days, nevertheless will try and respond.

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breija
5/22/2017 17:36 EST

Hi Friar,

Congrats on your job offer for the Freeport campus of UB! I know it can be overwhelming to try to make such a significant decision in such a short time frame.

As clcizme has suggested, Grand Bahama and New Providence are very different islands. Grand Bahama, and specifically Freeport, is much slower and laid back, while there are also fewer amenities and less to do in the community. If you are able to connect with people easily, it will be easier, if it is more difficult for you to connect, you may struggle. The population on Grand Bahama is only about 50,000.

Grand Bahama will be easier for you to find a place that will allow all your pets. You would definitely be more difficult to find such accommodations in a safe area if you were coming to Nassau! Here is information about what you need to do to bring your pets in - http://www.bahamas.com/sites/default/files/pdfs/bahamas_application_to_import_domestic_animals_in_tiotb.pdf

As for an incentive payment at the end of your contract, I cannot speak to this. As for income tax, as a US citizen, you would be able to earn your first $99,000 (? Ish??) without needing to pay income tax. There is a 7.5% VAT (Value Added Tax) on all goods and services, though.

Flying to Florida would be $250 - $300 these days, and you can boat between Ft. Lauderdale/Miami and Freeport - http://www.bahamashuttleboat.com/offers.html. To get to Orlando, flying is your best bet.

On Grand Bahama, you would likely need a car or scooter, although there is a residential area very near the campus.

If you need hospital services that are not urgent, you would likely need to come to Nassau or go over to FL, as the hospital on Grand Bahama is much smaller with fewer resources and services. That said, both Nassau and FL are very quick flights.

Hope all this helps! Feel free to PM if you have any other specific questions. Good luck with your decision.

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friarea
5/22/2017 22:57 EST

Thanks, all! You are very helpful! I still don't have definitive paperwork from HR, so I still feel like I'm a little in the dark.

They want me to start Aug. 1. How long does it take to get a work permit? My current job has given me a deadline of 5 Jun to decide about the fall semester, so I need to make a decision by then. I don't want to turn them down and then not be able to work in the Bahamas for 6 months!

How expensive is it to move there? Obviously, I would try to reduce the crap I move, but, seriously, I'm a middle-aged woman. I have stuff. Silver. Crystal. Craft stuff. Books. More books. Work books and notebooks (I'm a scientist!). Even more books. Kitchen stuff. (Can I live without my rice cooker, KitchenAid mixer, and Cuisinart? Oh, and insanely heavy citrus juicer? Probably not.) This is distressing. OTOH, is it better than living in Oklahoma? Probably.

I orbit on my decision with about a 12-hour periodicity.

On a more definitive level - what does expat health insurance mean? Is that specifically for going back to the US for health care? Or insurance for the local hospital?

Thanks again for all who comment!

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breija
5/25/2017 11:45 EST

Sending you a PM

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breija
5/28/2017 11:22 EST

Hi friar,

Just wanted to be sure you saw my response to your PM

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friarea
5/28/2017 15:52 EST

Yes, thanks. I'm still mulling my options. I don't have a written offer yet from UB, which is getting a bit concerning. I was told a week ago that HR would be in touch soon, but thus far, nada. I have to tell my current job if I'll be here fall by June 5.

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Asdimd
7/7/2017 00:21 EST

I'm in a very similar position. I was teaching at OSU in Stillwater, and was offered a teaching position in Nassau. It's been difficult finding answers to these questions, but this form helps. Thanks for posting!

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DRE1981
7/14/2017 01:15 EST

i am a Plumber Apprentice from Canada. This will be my first experience as an Expat. What are some of the questions or requests I should present to them before acceptnig my job offer?

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breija
7/14/2017 10:57 EST

Hi Dre,

Have you already had a job offer? You will want to know your income, and whether there are any living costs included. The cost of living is high here, so you will want to be sure that your income will cover it. All expats either send their kids to private school or they home school, so there are fees associated with this. If you are bringing a partner or children, you want to ask whether your potential employer will take care of their spousal residency permits. You will need to think as well about the maximum amount you can pay for accommodation. If you are not able to live in relatively safe area, you may need to rethink the opportunity.

Feel free to PM me with more specific questions.

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