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Msturge replied to the thread Moving to Trinidad from America on the Trinidad & Tobago forum on March 31, 2015:
angie4408 initially posted:
Hi all. I have just received word that my husband is going to be starting a new job in Trinidad (near one of the two international airports, we are not sure which one yet). He is going to go there in June, and our 10 year old son and I will be joining him anytime from August to December. I have a few questions. First, I am a licensed ESL and Secondary Language Arts teacher. How easy would it be for me to find a teaching job? I can work for my husbands company for awhile but I would like to teach. Also, what are the schools like there (as I mentioned my son is 10)? I have been researching some international schools but I have heard that the private schools there can be good also. Also, my son loves soccer. Do they have soccer clubs for kids there like they do in the United States? I am so uneducated about Trinidad right now that any information would be helpful!
Msturge replied 8 hours ago with:
Don't know anything about the British Academy. From what I have seen most of the ESL kids here are native Spanish speakers. There is a great school called Arbor that is bilingual and a high percentage of native Spanish speakers. I think you have a great chance of getting a job here so just go around to schools once you are here and see who is in need of someone. Our school mostly looks for people to speak Spanish to the kids for them to learn it as a second language. Good luck!
FlyboyWV replied 8 hours ago with:
Trinidad is a former British holding, and as such, is English-speaking...sort of. The island is 40 percent east Indian so I expected to encounter English with the delightful Indian accent that I enjoyed with my college professors, or perhaps the musical BWI accent associated with Jamaica or the northern Caribbean islands. Nope. It is exceptionally difficult to understand. I am convinced that my TT friends thought I was deaf because I asked for so many repetitions of what they had just said. Their English writing, such as in newspapers, is excellent. But their spoken English would make Professor Henry Higgins have a stroke. Delightful people, but it will take some time to develop an ear for their accent.
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OhChuts replied to the thread Single Woman moving to POS on the Trinidad & Tobago forum:
buchan79 initially posted:
Hello, I've recently been through the application for a job in Trinidad working in POS. I'm a 35 year old woman and would be moving over single status. Can anyone advise on safety, whether Trinidad is a suitable place for a single girl, ie is there much to do, much of a community or is it more geared towards families? I'm really excited about my next adventure but just not sure it's the right place! Any tips, info, groups would be greatly appreciated :) Thanks
OhChuts replied on March 29, 2015 with:
jelypo, have you visited there before? Where are you moving from?
jelypo replied on March 29, 2015 with:
Me too! I'm moving to POS next month! Solo.
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Cornerstone1978 replied to the thread Replacement milk for cow and gate on the Trinidad & Tobago forum:
Varkey initially posted:
Hi I will be moving into Trinidad soon from UK. I am currently bottle feeding my 6 weeks old baby - cow and gate. I was wondering if someone could help me find a replacement milk for cow and gate please. Thank you
Cornerstone1978 replied on March 17, 2015 with:
There are many different options to choose from in Trinidad which are available in all the leading supermarkets as well as in bulk at the various Pricemarts across the country. We used Enfamil. Hope that helps.
Varkey replied on January 29, 2015 with:
It's a brand of bottle milk/ formula/powered milk here in the UK.
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Ledapq replied to the thread Living in Trinidad on the Trinidad & Tobago forum:
Kawshik initially posted:
Hi there, we are a mid 30s, professional couple with a 3 year old daughter and are planning to move to Trinidad next year from the UK. My wife is has a Trini passport and I'm going to apply for my residency when we move. I want to know what it's really like to live and work in Trinidad as I've so far had very conflicting comments and advice. The key things that concern me are: - Crime & Safety - Healthcare - Bureaucracy - Education system - Finding work - Meeting other expats We would be grateful if any one who has made the move and can share their experiences with us, good or bad please. Thanks.
Ledapq replied most recently with:
Hi. I moved with my husband 8 months ago but I got the job before so I can't advise you in that regard. Safety: there is a very specific list of neighborhoods where most expats live. These are very safe areas, security 24/7. You don't need to live in a compound/gated community. We live in a house in a neighborhood in the West and there are security cars driving around all day, every day. I think it is necessary to own a car here, as public transport is scarce and not very reliable. Also, I have been advised to not use it at night. Education system: you can find schools with the US, UK, and Canadian systems. We don't have kids so I can't comment on quality but I have heard good things about it. Healthcare: we have insurance from an international company and have used the doctor only once for a regular flu and found it to be ok. Unless you have a chronic condition, I think healthcare is ok. Bureaucracy is really bad, most people will tell you that to get things done here you need to know someone. Trinidad is all about having a connection in the right place. Either your company will help you sort things out (my case) or you'll have to be very very patient.
gingerbaby replied most recently with:
I think that the best thing for you to do is to go on a vacation and do as much research as you can while you are there. It is impossible for people to answer you online. The results will be conflicting. You will also see the place and really see if that is what you want.
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Expat ArticlesArticle Summary: Expats in Trinidad & Tobago love the family-focused Trinis, the laid-back island culture and the beautiful beaches. That being said, many expats find dealing with bureaucracy a challenge, the pace of life frustrating and the cost of housing, food and cars much higher than expected. (Continue)
gingerbaby replied most recently with:
Most of this article is true. There are some specialty gourmet shops but you have to know where to find them. I found an excellent one on Long Circular Road where I could have purchase most things that I buy here. The West Mall also provides things for my liking. I am a born Trini but have lived in Canada for almost 5 decades. After years of absence from the country, I have visited twice in the last two years. I have seen the worst customer service in all my travels in Trinidad. Whether it is the food server at the take out, the mini-bus, the stores or some of the better places. I find people act as if you are begging for something and not paying for it. They do not smile and are not polite and very abrupt. The T&T government needs to start educating the children, maybe they might take something home to their parents and run slogans on the TV and bill boards about customer service. I was ruffled a few times on my last trip and I am of mixed race. I could pass for half-indian, brown-skinned (Trini) or black as the North Americans say, or part Hispanic. So I would not say it is a racial thing. I would prefer to spend my vacations in Cuba. Jamaica or Mexico where I am treated with respect at all times. It seems that focus is placed on material things and people just having a good time, quite unlike when I was a child growing up there, when manners were important.
A reader replied recently with:
Hello All, I am new to commenting here, but I have a couple things I would like to add. I'm not an expat, but living here married to a Trini. I'm applying for residency, and applying for my wife's Visa, so we can travel together when we choose, and have the least restrictions (and headaches) as possible. I'll agree with comments posted about the traffic, higher prices for items such as food, furniture, etc. And yes, although dealing with the Bureaucracy here can be very frustrating, it's not much different than in the US. When was the last time you've been to the DMV? When people criticize crime rates and areas, you're going to get that anywhere in the world. You can be safe 24/7 by using what we all have, but it seems 50% or more people refuse to: COMMON SENSE! I lived in a very racist Brooklyn, NY neighborhood! (BTW, I'm white, not black) I was called everything but a white man, but if I were to defend myself I WAS THE RACIST ONE! I filed a racist profiling case against me with the NYPD and the Attorney General's Office in Oct '13. It was never resolved or followed up by either office! (A security guard confronted me after leaving a grocery store (FOODTOWN in BED-STUY) saying he wanted to search me because I was seen stealing something. My friend wasn't asked to be searched: She's black and was carrying a handbag big enough to hold a watermelon and chicken.) When you want to talk crime, watch the crime reports in Brooklyn, NY. Particularly, Bed-Stuy. Guns, killings, drugs etc. Enjoy TT and use your common sense about things.
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gingerbaby replied to the thread Banking for non residents on the Trinidad & Tobago forum:
Themariner initially posted:
I have a question: Someone not resident in Trinidad, can he open bank account? I read yes for personal. Can he still receive his salary in it or savings for retirement purpose?
gingerbaby replied most recently with:
I was recently in Trinidad and live in Canada and deal with RBC. I was able to withdraw money (T&T) from the ATM, I used RBC, but they could not access my account if I wanted to do anything else. They don't have that access. So if I went to T&T for a few months, I can get my money because it is deposited in Canada. Of course, I was only allowed to withdraw $3,000 TT from my account a day but that depends on your local bank's allowance for withdrawals. I don't think that they would just allow me to open an account although I was born in T&T but I do not have dual citizenship. Years ago I was told that I would have to have a joint account with a local if I wanted to do so, but that was years ago. Of course, I would not do that either.
bouyscout replied most recently with:
I'm in the process now of obtaining a local bank account for purposes of accessing ATM's and a way to obtain TT dollars. It will not be used for normal banking, only a conduit to easily access local currency. My earnings will not be directly deposited into the TT account. Not sure if that is important. It's requiring a reference letter from my bank in the US, a letter from my employer stating that I am gainfully employed, two forms of ID, a copy of my work permit and a letter from the company with which I'm working in Trinidad also to vouch for me. I hope to have this completed yet this week.
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Cornerstone1978 replied to the thread san fernando and schools on the Trinidad & Tobago forum:
scubamom initially posted:
I was hoping to tap into the expertise on here. I am in the running for a healthcare job in san fernando and have 3 children. 11,9, and 4. my biggest concern is schools, are public schools good??, or do i need to go private? As with the cost of tuition for 3 may make it not reasonable for 5 of us to live on one salary. That leads to another question for a family of 5 to live in san fernando and live on one salary what should the base salary i be looking for be?. i know so subjective but a fairly modest lifestyle, food, bills, one car, some beach trips on the weekend , 3 bedroom house etc. any input appreciated thanks p.s are there any french schools??, as my kids in french immersion here, long shot but worth asking
Cornerstone1978 replied most recently with:
Hi Scubamom, Some public schools are good e.g. St Gabriel's Girls, Grant Memorial, and San Fernando Boys RC school, all of which are primary schools up to age 11. Secondary schools eg Presentation College and Naparima College, Naparima Girls High School and St Joseph's Convent are all good public high schools. Private primary schools are good as well but of course you will have to pay more eg Cedar Grove and St Peter's Private are 2 good examples. In terms of salary...hmmmm I would say you may be good with around 20000-25000 TTD a month (that's a minimum and not a great lavish lifestyle). Also depends on what you rent and where. You learn french at the secondary school (high school) level. But you can also get classes at the French Embassy...Alliance Francaise. Hope that helps a bit.
FlyboyWV replied most recently with:
A large word of caution regarding working as a healthcare provider there. Get your contract fully signed, processed and thoroughly review it before buying your ticket to TT. A large number of us (U.S. physicians) representing 5 underserved medical specialties, were recruited to move to TT for a 3-5 year contract. To work for wages that would not satisfy a U.S. nurse.In my case, i moved there but no contract was waiting. I waited a month there, at my expense, and my 800 kg of household goods were put into storage. 16 months later, we still do not have contracts or licenses. All of us have given up, and lost all confidence in the Ministry of Health. My household goods are now finally enroute back to the U.S. at great personal expense. The deceptive practices by the MOH have cost me more than $13,000 USD. Be wary.
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