Will you be a GOOD Ex-Pat., or a BAD one?
Over our 14 years of living here we have come across a number
of Ex-Pats who have settled well & succeeded - but many more
who have failed. Being lovers of the Dominican way of life,
the culture & friendliness, we prefer to help those who are
going to be accepted into this type of environment rather than those
who only want to bring/impose a little bit of their personal homeland
here. Those who feel they need the comfort of ‘Gated Communities’,
Electricity 24/7, the ‘comfort feeling’ of all their
own belongings from their old home & are looking to be told
how to Relocate with ease, should perhaps move on to the webpages
of Realtors that specialize in these services – you won’t
find much of that here.
So, what makes a successful immigrant to the DR? Experience shows
it is someone who wants to integrate with the Dominicans, who embraces
THEIR culture & is anxious to learn THEIR language. The more
successful immigrant is one who gets to know the history of the
country, who understands WHY Dominicans behave the way they do &
is prepared to put up with the failings so as to experience far
more the pleasures of living here! Yes, English, German & (to
some extent) French are spoken by some Dominicans, normally in the
Tourism section, but the predominant language is Spanish –
LATIN American Spanish - & those wishing to be accepted here
MUST learn it to be at least conversational level.
This does not happen overnight of course & a LOT of study by
the re-locator needs to be done (preferably) prior to coming to
live here. So, do not rush your relocation process, make up a program
for acquiring this information & adhere to it by learning all
that you can before coming here. We will help those who want information
by putting as many websites as we can think of where reliable information
is available – YOU must do the investigating & learning.
We can point you into specific areas that pertain to YOUR circumstances,
but YOU must do the reading & understanding of it.
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Those wishing to do some further reading on this subject should
to read update articles not yet covered here & also order the book
Quisqueya – Mad Dogs & English Couple. It is available for immediate
download as an e-book OR from the sites shown there if you prefer
a hard copy!