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A reader commented on the Expat Report Review of Maple Leaf International School in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago
Review-of-Maple Leaf International School
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
Facilities are just about adequate. Nothing impressive.Grades K-2 are in a separate building which is good, but the facilities are quite limited.Grade 3-12 fare somewhat better. Extra-curricular is not very good. Limited choice and some strange hours, probably due to lack of space. (Continue)
A reader replied most recently with:
I have heard that 'city kids' / POS are not as friendly. I had considered Maple Leaf, bu teventually turned to St. Xavier's, UWI because I have settled in St. Aug. not far from the University campus. Many of the kids in this residential area are a lot friendlier - my child will begin school next week (construction) - I will let you know how it works out (for your/others general information - although not POS location). ps after reading comment below, I am glad I did not make the effort to go to what I believed to be an exceptional school
Minou64 replied recently with:
This school is "run as a business". That is a direct quote from the chairman of the board of directors who refused to even apologize when our 8 (grade 3) year old son was seriously injured because of wet and dangerous tiles and sharp steps in the school. The arrogance of this man (who is a prominent banker) and the total lack of sympathy from the school forced us to remove our children from Maple Leaf and send them to ISPS. The joke is on the school and its board of directors though, because the truth is that in the beginning all that we expected was a simple apology. Instead, we were forced by the school's unrelenting arrogance and refusal to acknowledge that it was wrong, to sue. The school's insurance company paid us a 5 figure sum in settlement of the injury to our little son who to this day carries a large scar on his right leg. But they did us a favour. ISPS is more expensive, but its standards are very much higher than Maple Leaf's... in every way!! Oh! By the way, we found out AFTER the accident that another little 8 year old (a Canadian boy) had been injured in the same spot that our son was hurt some 9 months before our son's accident! The school never told anybody!! The parents left the country shortly after the incident. If you care about your child's safety, this is definitely not the school for you!
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Expat Report Living in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago was published
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What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?
There is plenty of night life in Port of Spain. Some renown clubs/lounges are Zen,Katalyst, Alchemy, 51, and Aura, just to name a few. There is a American Women's association, and also maybe a Latin American Women's association. During carnival, there are MANY fetes to go to which take place 2-3 months prior to carnival. Average price to a fete is $50 US. (Continue)
A reader commented on the Expat Report Culture Shock in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago
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Do you have any advice or thoughts about culture shock you would like to share?
I do think you can minimize culture shock by cultivating the right attitude. You do learn a lot about your own culture and biases by living in another. This experience has given me a perspective I otherwise never would have had. I would advise not to do anything drastic like buy or sell a house for a while - wait until you settle in. Things look different on the outside. But that said - I'll always be glad I lived here for a while! (Continue)
A reader replied most recently with:
I have to say, I am experiencing the same thing here in Barbados... funnily enough I am a Trinidadian. I have been here 3 years now and we are moving back home much to my relief.
A reader replied recently with:
i am currently going through the same thing and in many ways, I echo the feelings of this writer on her experience of living in Trin. One thing that people continually warned me about was the crime rate which til this day puzzles me, as I find the Trinis a warm, music-loving people. How does a population of 1.2 million people co-exist peacefully among this? I never thought I would miss UK as I am a HUGE fan of tropical weather having travelled and lived in various hot countries but this was a totally different experience. Some good some bad...
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Moving to Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago
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What advice would you give someone preparing to move to your area about the actual move, choosing a neighborhood and finding a home?
We were limited to what the realitor wanted to show us, mainly West Morings. My husband talked to people at work (other expats and locals) and they told us about different areas. We insisted in viewing the other areas we knew of. (Like the US, realitors are looking at their best interest; not yours. They want to show you where they have rental properties, need I say more...)

Secondly, Drive to work and back during your work hours once you find the area you like. Adjust the hours or the location depending on your choice. Everyone complains about traffic, but Houston's traffic is the same if not worse with 6 lanes on every road. (Continue)

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moving soon from Houston we are looking to live near the school are there any other neighboorhood options you suggest?
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Expat Report Review of St. Andrews private school in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago by sicantik was published
Review-of-St. Andrews private school
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
It is a very good school for somebody who comes from the British system. They have plenty of extra curricular activities i.e foot ball, cricket, ballet etc (Continue)
Expat Report Review of British Acadamy Port Of Spain in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago by Dora0904 was published
Review-of-British Acadamy Port Of Spain
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
The school is basic,but on that note was only opend in Sept 2007. Most afternoons there are clubs run. Music, Football, Rugby, Drama, Cricket. The facilities are very basic and a lot is expected from the PTA to fund school's day to day running. (Continue)
Expat Report Dating and Marriage in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago was published
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What is it like in your country of residence for someone with your relationship status (married/divorced/dating)? If you're single, how do you meet other people? Do English-speaking people tend to gravitate to certain parts of your city?
The language here is English. We are not married. It is easy for anyone to come here, no strict visa requirements; of course there are exemptions. One can stay over the initial 30day period by applying for extensions. This too has a limit but this limit depends on your individual circumstances. You can also work if an employer applies for and receives an approved work permit. Taxes are not heavy. Usually expats gravitate toward each other but the people are warm and friendly so it is easy to make friends with the locals and have your own, new life. (Continue)
Expat Report Review of International School of Port of Spain in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago was published
Review-of-International School of Port of Spain
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
extra curricular can improve and is a bit costly, there are no adequate grounds to play anything other than soccer

Facilities at school are ok, cafe lunch is expensive for what is served.

To many photo copy pages in classroom there is a need for more textbooks (Continue)

Expat Report Moving to Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago was published
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What advice would you give someone preparing to move to your area about the actual move, choosing a neighborhood and finding a home?
Contact the women's or men's clubs to get up to date info! (Continue)
Expat Report Review of International School of Port-of-Spain in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago was published
Review-of-International School of Port-of-Spain
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
They're fantastic and the school offers a multitude of extra-curricular activities. It looks like an American school, has a/c, etc. (Continue)
Expat Report Jobs in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago was published
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What advice would you offer others about finding jobs and working abroad?
Even if you know it is going to be different in your new location, it is not the same living it as knowing it. Expect to be frustrated, even mad at local conditions and local authorities. Typically in developing countries there is a defined paper trail that MUST be followed exactly or you get nowhere. This includes work permits, phones, electricity, ... This is particularly true in Trinidad. In Trinidad it is often who you know rather than what you know. It pays to get to know people who can help you out in Trinidad. The locals are friendly to expats, but there is some minor anomosity due to the economic condition in which many Trinidadians find themselves. (Continue)

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