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    First Timer - info about moving to st. maarten, mt fiance is going to go to AUC

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    Hello, So I am new to this, not sure if there is a thread started for something like this, but if anyone could give me any information about moving out to st. maarten that would be awesome. My fiance is in the process of applying for fall 2008, and I will be going with him, I wanted to know if someone knows something that may be beneficial for him and even me for things for me to do too. As well as living, working, or just being there and etc. Please let me know. Thanks kindly.

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    oh and if anyone knows anything about bring animals to the island, we have a dog and 2 cats and i dont want to leave them. thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bubbles36 View Post
    Hello, So I am new to this, not sure if there is a thread started for something like this, but if anyone could give me any information about moving out to st. maarten that would be awesome. My fiance is in the process of applying for fall 2008, and I will be going with him, I wanted to know if someone knows something that may be beneficial for him and even me for things for me to do too. As well as living, working, or just being there and etc. Please let me know. Thanks kindly.
    This is really way too general to answer, and all of what you want to know has already been answered. Please take some time to read through the forums or search around for what you want to know. You also may want to check out the spouse's club thread and get in touch with them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bubbles36 View Post
    oh and if anyone knows anything about bring animals to the island, we have a dog and 2 cats and i dont want to leave them. thanks
    You'll want to use American Airlines if you're shipping a dog. Small animals can be taken onto the plane with you, larger dogs travel in the baggage area. It will be almost impossible to take a dog in the beginning of the fall semester though because the dog can only fly when the weather forecast is below 85 degrees in the city of origin, destination, and any stops in between. Beginning of January semester or May semester is usually when dogs make it here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bubbles36 View Post
    Hello, So I am new to this, not sure if there is a thread started for something like this, but if anyone could give me any information about moving out to st. maarten that would be awesome. My fiance is in the process of applying for fall 2008, and I will be going with him, I wanted to know if someone knows something that may be beneficial for him and even me for things for me to do too. As well as living, working, or just being there and etc. Please let me know. Thanks kindly.
    As you are a sig other I would suggest you look at the Spouses Club link and get in contact with them as they will be a valuable help with your transition to island life.
    I would suggest your fiance come on and read any past post that looks interesting.
    As for the animals you can bring them but not sure what might be required maybe someone else can help you with that one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LMX1B View Post
    This is really way too general to answer, and all of what you want to know has already been answered. Please take some time to read through the forums or search around for what you want to know. You also may want to check out the spouse's club thread and get in touch with them.
    sorry for the repeat I left the window open and came back later to answer the questions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bubbles36 View Post
    Hello, So I am new to this, not sure if there is a thread started for something like this, but if anyone could give me any information about moving out to st. maarten that would be awesome. My fiance is in the process of applying for fall 2008, and I will be going with him, I wanted to know if someone knows something that may be beneficial for him and even me for things for me to do too. As well as living, working, or just being there and etc. Please let me know. Thanks kindly.
    You can't legally work here since the unemployment rate is really high for the islanders....

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    Join the spouses club : Spouses Organization

    You can either ship your pet down on a boat or fly them here. Most places to rent charge an extra 100-300 per month for pets (if they allow them at all), so make sure their presence is worth the extra money and hassle to you.

    Here are your options for employment:

    1) You can substitute teach at the International Caribbean School close to campus.

    2) You can compete with all the other spouses for babysitting positions that may pop up from time to time.

    3) You can work in the school library for your sig. other's tuition credit - not sure if there are any openings.

    4) You can be a labrat for upper semester students to use in clinical demonstrations - the university pays you $25 an hour... but these are not regular.

    5) You can wire your computer and set up a virtual office through your place of employment back home and work from your apartment with a VPN and VOIP. (my wife is getting this set up right now so she can use her insurance license)

    6) You can work [under the table] at a restaurant, bar, or other island business. There is an unofficial tax (bribe) that many local places pay the police to allow them to use outside help in their business.

    Hope this helps!
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    Quote Originally Posted by spreebee View Post
    You can't legally work here since the unemployment rate is really high for the islanders....
    The real reason is probably because if they allowed americans to work, businesses would not hire a single local.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slaol_121 View Post
    There is an unofficial tax (bribe) that many local places pay the police to allow them to use outside help in their business.
    gotta love this place
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