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Relocating to the DR in 2011 - all info is appreciated!

Relocating to the DR in 2011 - all info is appreciated!

Postby MovingToDR2011 » Tue 30 Mar 2010 16:14 GMT

Hello,

My name is Linda and I'm looking to move to the Dominican Republic in August (ish) of 2011. Along with me I'll also be bringing my two sons, one aged 14 and the other aged 22. The eldest will finish university next May and can speak semi-reasonable Spanish and the youngest will be learning it for a year at school as well as help from the older brother no doubt.

We have been to the Dominican Republic before and stayed in Puerto Plata and liked the area and the town etc and as such are looking at this as being a place we would like to move to. This is taking into account that we would like to be on the north of the island and also the lower number of ex-pats than in other cities/towns in the north.

We really need information about schools for a monolingual 14 year old - as I mentioned he will study Spanish next year at school but I don't think that at his age putting him into a Spanish speaking or bilingual school would be in his best interests with it being so close to his final exams when we finally move out there. So any information on English speaking schools in the Puerto Plata area would be extremely useful.

We also need information on reputable estate agents in the area if anyone knows of some. This would alleviate any stress or worry that we have chosen one who is not as clean cut as he or she first appears.

We are planning an 'exploratory' trip out in August of this year to the Puerto Plata area so if anyone knows of someone who will rent a room or two out to myself and my two sons for 2 weeks at the end of August 2010 it would be greatly appreciated! This trip is partly to view areas and get a general feel of the place but also to see general costs of day to day living in a non-hotel enviroment.

We are looking to rent for about 6 months to a year when we first arrive and then look at purchasing a house towards the end of that - we think this is probably the best way of going about it but if anyone has any other ideas please share!

I suppose for now that is it, but like I said any information etc would be useful and greatly appreciated. Plus any additional information that you think is important then please let us know!

Thank you in advance :D

Speak soon,
Linda (and the kids)
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Postby DRAddict » Wed 21 Apr 2010 05:55 GMT

Hello Linda,
You make no mention of looking for employment for yourself or your 22 year old son - do I take it from that that you are 'Independently secure' in your finances? Living expenses for a family of three will probably be in the region of £2,000 per month once you get established but certainly it will be a little more at the beginning as you try to get yourself into the culture of things over here.

My own view is that it is not sensible to move your younger son from his existing school at this late stage of his education, would it not be better to delay your move for a year or two? I also fear that your sons would become bored with life in the DR after six months or so as there is little in the way of Ex-Pat youth movements here. Yes, they could get involved with Dominican youths but choosing the right elements to be friends with will take them a while to organise (& give you loads of palpitations during that period if you know the local youth as I do!!).

Yes, we like Puerto Plata - we have lived here for just over 17 years & will NOT be returning to the UK for more than a quick 2/3 week holiday/medical trip. HOWEVER, it is a difficult place to get known in unless you have been here for numerous holidays &/or have lived here for a year or two. Integration is the high priority here & being able to pick up the nuances for successful living here will need a good knowledge of Spanish by ALL of you - I noticed you did not mention learning Spanish yourself, do you already speak it?

Yes I know several Estate Agents here in Puerto Plata - I will send you the name of two of them (the ones I trust to look after a new visitor to the island) once I have more details from you re the above observations.

Looking forward to continuing this when you have the time!
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Postby DRAddict » Mon 12 Sep 2011 15:46 GMT

Well August 2011 has been & gone Linda - did you make it here? I am but a 'phone call away if you need to chat!!

Ginnie's new book FAQ's ..... moving to & living IN the DR is now available both in England & here in the DR. It is DEFINITELY a book you should hold as your reference manual if you have moved here (or are likely to move here very soon)!! LOADS of contact information in it PLUS good 'Old Fashioned Advice' as to how to get what you want/need!!

All best wishes ~ Grahame.
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