Home Jamaica Forum Jamaica Guide Moving to Jamaica Real Estate Healthcare in Jamaica
Jamaica
Resources
City Guides
JoinSign In
Cigna International Health Insurance

Jamaica Expat Forum

Single asian female in Kingston

Post New Topic
Nims
11/10/2019 10:29 EST

Hello,
I've recently been offered an amazing career opportunity in optics in Kingston.
I have done some research on the crime/safety aspects of Jamaica so am aware of the drawbacks on this.
I am wondering what would the level of acceptance be for a young (30s) Asian (Pakistani) female moving on her own?
I am from Scotland but currently living in England and think my biggest make or break to settling in will be the social aspect. As I won't know anyone, apart from colleagues, I'd like to know what the general attitude is likely to be? Will people be friendly enough to create a support system? Or will I be seen as an oddity/outsider?
Any general advice and tips would be much appreciated as well!
??
Thanks x

Post a Reply

00abuse

peggyjune
11/10/2019 10:44 EST

I used to travel and live in Jamaica (19 years) in another part of the island - however - I found the Jamaican people to be very friendly and open to meeting new people. I always say "use common sense" - as you would do anyplace. Embrace the opportunity - you will meet like-minded people who help you "know the runnings".

Post a Reply

10abuse

expat health insurance from CIGNA

Choosing an expat health insurance provider is an important decision. Get a quote from our trusted expat health insurance partner, CIGNA. With Cigna Global Health Options, you can create an international health insurance plan that's perfectly tailored for the needs of you and your family.

Get a Quote

Cessj
11/10/2019 11:01 EST

Hi there,

Before I even get to talking about how you're going to fit in, can I just ask if you've done due diligence and researched on salary and how far it will stretch in JA? Will it cover decent housing, utilities, car, gas, food etc etc Will you get relocation expenses, free flights home, how often, how many weeks vacation and when can you claim vacation from? What happens if it doesn't work out? Will you receive relocation expenses to ship all your goods back home? And what about your work permit? Who will be responsible for that? What about health insurance? Will the company provide that? Good health insurance is NOT negotiable? And finally, have you ever visited Jamaica? Do you know anything at all about its history, current affairs etc? As someone who relocated to JA these are the most important questions to ask yourself before you even start thinking about woud you fit in...I'd be very happy to answer any question you have as honestly as I can...

Post a Reply

00abuse

Nims
11/10/2019 11:36 EST

Fab thanks peggyjune! X

Post a Reply

00abuse

Nims
11/10/2019 11:42 EST

Cessj thanks so much for your detailed response!
In terms of salary/visa/permits/housing/relocation etc that is all covered and sorted out already by my employer.
I've been following current affairs through the local press over the last couple of months.
Most of the research that I've done in terms of culture tends to refer to either black/white ethnicities rather than Indian/Pakistani.
I know there is a small Muslim community, however I am not practicing so probably wouldn't want to look too much into that.
In terms of visiting the country, I don't think I can really compare a holiday to living there, which is why I'm asking for advice really.
Any other suggestions or tips are more than welcome! :)

Post a Reply

00abuse

Iriestar68
11/10/2019 11:50 EST

You will fit right in. Jamaica is full of cultural diversity.... “Out of Many, One People”.

Yes, we have crime. Just use your common sense and ask people you trust to help guide you. I’m sure you’ll find some great people in your work place, place of worship or neighborhood

Post a Reply

10abuse

expat health insurance from CIGNA

Choosing an expat health insurance provider is an important decision. Get a quote from our trusted expat health insurance partner, CIGNA. With Cigna Global Health Options, you can create an international health insurance plan that's perfectly tailored for the needs of you and your family.

Get a Quote

Nims
11/10/2019 11:59 EST

Thanks Iriestar68! So nice to have a positive response, bit of reassurance goes a long way! Thanks again x

Post a Reply

00abuse

Iriestar68
11/10/2019 16:03 EST

I agree about the salary.. you need to make sure you’re making enough to live on.

Are they helping you move? Are they helping you find a place to live?

As long you’re making enough money you’ll be ok. You should be able to get by on 70k a week.. it might be tight but if you budget you should be ok.

Post a Reply

00abuse

peggyjune
11/10/2019 16:28 EST

So much of the experience - in living in another country - is one's own attitude/state of mind. Jamaica is a beautiful country with much to offer.

Post a Reply

00abuse

Expatriate Health Insurance

Get a quote for expat health insurance in Jamaica.

International Moving Companies

Moving to Jamaica? Get a moving quote.


Mail Forwarding to Jamaica

Mail Forwarding to Jamaica.


Expat Tax

Expat Tax Preparation, Expat Tax Professionals

Join Today (free)

Join Expat Exchange to meet expats in your area or get advice before your move. It's FREE and takes 1 minute!

Cigna Expat Health InsuranceExpatriate Health Insurance

Get a quote for expat health insurance in Jamaica from our partner, Cigna Global Health.
Get a Quote

Culture-Shock-in-NegrilAn Expat Talks about Culture Shock & Living in Negril, Jamaica

A Canadian expat who moved to Negril, Jamaica found driving to be the most challenging part of moving to Jamaica. Waiting on others was a big issues at first, but eventually he adjusted and appreciated the laid back lifestyle in Jamaica.

A Canadian expat who moved to Negril, Jamaica found driving to be the most challenging part of moving to Jamaica. Waiting on others was a big issues at first, but eventually he adjusted and appreciat...

10-Tips-for-Living-in-Jamaica10 Tips for Living in Jamaica

Jamaica is a well-known island getaway, but living there is not an extended vacation. Expensive schools, safety issues and high cost of living are all challenges for expats. Members share their advice about deciding where to live, finding a home, choosing a school and cost-saving shopping strategies.

Jamaica is a well-known island getaway, but living there is not an extended vacation. Expensive schools, safety issues and high cost of living are all challenges for expats. Members share their advi...

Mike-Miville-Shares-His-Expat-ExperiencesExpat Jamaica: An Interview with Mike Miville

An Expat Interview with Mike Miville, an expat helping to find long-term sources of water in Jamaica.

An Expat Interview with Mike Miville, an expat helping to find long-term sources of water in Jamaica....

International-Schools-in-JamaicaInternational Schools in Jamaica

Expats in Jamaica discuss the best schools for expat children - from very expat-oriented schools like AISK and Hillel to more local private schools like St. Andrews and Montego Bay Christian Academy.

Expats in Jamaica discuss the best schools for expat children - from very expat-oriented schools like AISK and Hillel to more local private schools like St. Andrews and Montego Bay Christian Academy. ...

Best-Advice-From-Expats-on-Moving-to-JamaicaBest Advice From Expats on Moving to Jamaica

Expats in Jamaica offer advice for newcomers about deciding where to live in Jamaica, what to bring with you and more.
Expats in Jamaica offer advice for newcomers about deciding where to live in Jamaica, what to bring with you and more. ...

Jamaica Guide
Other Links
Our Story Our Team Contact Us Submit an Article Advertising Travel Warnings

Copyright 1997-2020 Burlingame Interactive, Inc.

Privacy Policy Legal