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An Expat Talks about Living in Santiago, Dominican Rep

Submitted by jcrew2020

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Santiago

How long have you lived there?

1 year

What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?

I recommend people to take Spanish. It is a great place to meet people and you will be able to communicate with the locals.

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What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?

Most common jobs would be teaching English or working in call center. Don't expect to make a lot of money here. The typical pay is between 80 and 100 pesos per hour. ($2 to $3 us dollars).

If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.

Learn Spanish - Come with some money to get established. Find a way to make money here.

It is not very expensive to live here, but at the same time, you won't make a lot of money either.

If you have any questions about moving to Santiago, you can email me at

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