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Considering moving - Questions

Considering moving - Questions

Postby ksofly69 » Fri 1 Feb 2008 21:17 GMT

Hi all,

My husband and I are considering entertaining an offer from BP to move to Angola. We have many questions. If any of you in the know would be so kind - we would really like the answers to the following questions. Thanks in advance!

Please describe the health care system in Angola – we have a baby on the way (due May). Is the medical care up to western standards?

Is there reliable high-speed internet service?

Would we be able to bring two cats with us?

Is it necessary to travel with guards, or are they only necessary for our living and working quarters?

What are some of the recreational activities? Is there scuba diving?

Is bottled water necessary?

Is western food available?

Do you feel safe? How does life in Luanda compare with other major cities in the world that you’ve lived in?

Are there social activities for a stay-at-home Mom and my infant during the day?

Is there western television? Maybe by satellite?

How do you send and receive mail/packages? Is it reliable?

What are the restaurants’ and shopping like?

Is telephone service reliable? Is it expensive?

Is buying wine or beer a problem?

I heard that Angolan banking facilities are unreliable. How do expatriate’s conduct their banking?

The U.S. State Department’s website says that approximately 80% of Angolans contract malaria. What do you do to keep this from happening to you? If you do contract it, what are your treatment options. Are they reliable?

Do you find English to be a problem in communicating?

What are the cultural norms for women? Men?

What do you like BEST and LEAST about living in Luanda?

Thanks for any assistance any of you can give us! :-)
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Postby theflower » Thu 7 Feb 2008 12:30 GMT

Hello
Answers to your questions below...I have been near nearly 2 years with my husband who is with a private company.



Please describe the health care system in Angola – we have a baby on the way (due May). Is the medical care up to western standards?

Healthcare is not brilliant but there is an international clinic with south african doctors which BP will have access to. Best to confirm with BP what the actual arrangements are. Evacuation is in place, and if necessary you would be evacuated to south africa where there are world class facilities.

Is there reliable high-speed internet service?

Yes, there is broadband available with different service providers and speed levels depend on the one you choose and how much you pay. I pay around 300USD a month for a 512k line, but it is well worth it!

Would we be able to bring two cats with us?

Not sure what the regulations are, need to check those.

Is it necessary to travel with guards, or are they only necessary for our living and working quarters?

You dont travel around with guards, but you will have a driver day and night. This is sufficient as Luanda is pretty safe, and mainly only petty crime.

What are some of the recreational activities? Is there scuba diving?

No scuba diving i am afraid. There are some good beaches where you can go and take boats out, people go fishing, there are tennis courts, golf course, squash courts and gyms. Alot of expat functions and groups.

Is bottled water necessary?
Yes you drink bottled water, and also have a filter on your kitchen tap to wash vegetables etc. Many people also sterilise the vegetables with something like milton.

Is western food available?
Yes, there is a french, italian and south african supermarket. Many imported products available from all these countries and from portugal and brazil. Several restaurants, mainly with portuguese food, however there is also indian,chinese, etc etc

Do you feel safe? How does life in Luanda compare with other major cities in the world that you’ve lived in?
I have only lived in London and here so no comparison, however it is safe, mainly petty crime so you have to be a little wary at night, however overall it is safe.

Are there social activities for a stay-at-home Mom and my infant during the day?

Yes there are plenty of expats with kids, and there is a playgroup. You will make friends very easily, especially through the BP network.

Is there western television? Maybe by satellite?

Yes there is DSTV which is south african based, has BBC world, CNN and many other channels. Its not bad, but i would advise to bring a DVD player to watch your own movies etc.

How do you send and receive mail/packages? Is it reliable?

What are the restaurants’ and shopping like?
Food is generally expensive as most of it is imported. Be prepared to pay 10USD for an imported cucumber! however you can get more and more locally produced veggies and fruit now, so if you are happy to eat that then it is cheaper.

Is telephone service reliable? Is it expensive?
Cellphones are reliable, and fixed lines also available. Yes it is expensive.

Is buying wine or beer a problem?
No problem,plenty available. Mainly portuguese and south african wine, but others available at a specialist wine shop.

I heard that Angolan banking facilities are unreliable. How do expatriate’s conduct their banking?
Talk to BP about how they handle this.

The U.S. State Department’s website says that approximately 80% of Angolans contract malaria. What do you do to keep this from happening to you? If you do contract it, what are your treatment options. Are they reliable?
I dont take medication, as if you live here for 3 years there is no point. Just spray with a good anti-mossie spray and some people sleep under mosquito nets at night. Also have the AC on and burn citronella oil. Treatment is readily available and realiable as long as you catch it early.


Do you find English to be a problem in communicating?
Generally everything is in portuguese, however with BP your driver will speak english, but your maid probably not. It is good to learn the basics as you will find it easier to settle in and do stuff.

What are the cultural norms for women? Men?
Hmm, none really that i can think of.

What do you like BEST and LEAST about living in Luanda?
Meeting great friends and learning about a new culture.
The least- the traffic, very very bad, and the smells!

Thanks for any assistance any of you can give us! Smile

GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR MOVE.

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Postby ksofly69 » Thu 7 Feb 2008 21:59 GMT

Thank you so much for taking the time to answer all of our questions! It's much easier to make decisions when you have the information you need. Thanks again!
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Postby dangermouse » Sun 27 Apr 2008 09:16 GMT

Do you know what accommodation BP are offering you and where in the city you'll be located?
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