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Shauna841505
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January 18, 2011 9:11 pm  

Hi everyone!

I'm glad to have found this forum, I am looking for some advice and information about moving down there. Currently I live in San Diego, CA, but I am originally from WI. I have lived here for 6 years, and I guess I just haven't found any reason to stay here, so the Virgin Islands are in my sights. I have two friends who had lived on St. John's for a while, and I have recieved some information from them. I was considering St. Thomas, but I found out there is more crime there than on St. Johns, and as I am a single woman in my mid 20s, I figured I'd steer clear of that. I'm looking to come visit in March, to see about looking into jobs and a place to live. Also, I have a cat. And I do want to bring her with me, does anyone have any views on that?

I basically just want to know if I can find a job that can support me, I normally live very minimally. Is it easy/hard to find work? I only have an associates degree, which probably won't help me much. And I see that apartments are expensive, is there any networks to find a room-mate or postings? Any and all help would be much appreciated! Thank you so much! 🙂

Shauna


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Lizard
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January 18, 2011 10:33 pm  

It is ST John.:X


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Shauna841505
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January 18, 2011 10:46 pm  

Hmmmm sorry. Didn't mean to upset you!


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Hiya!
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January 19, 2011 2:55 am  

While Lizard probably over reacted it's one of those annoying things. There is an island called st johns, I think more then one. I don't know why some people end up calling st john - st johns but there's always a few that do. Not a big deal, more of a pet peeve.

Glad you are coming for a pmv. Keep reading this board like you would a book, you will find more info here then anywhere else. March is the end of season, but st john should stay pretty busy until june or july. Jobs are not plentiful on st john, compared to the other two islands. The cost of living there makes san diego seem cheap, especially for what you will get for the money. But it is definitely the most beautiful of the islands and the one with the smallest pop of about 5,000. Good and bad things about that.

So good luck and keep reading the boards, doesn't matter if it's a year or five years old, things take decades to change here.


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January 19, 2011 8:22 am  

While Lizard probably over reacted it's one of those annoying things. There is an island called st johns, I think more then one. I don't know why some people end up calling st john - st johns but there's always a few that do. Not a big deal, more of a pet peeve.

"St. John" is an island which is a part of the U.S. Virgin Islands.

"St. John's" is the capital and largest city of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, and is physically located on the island of Newfoundland. "St. John's" is also the capital and largest city of Antigua and Barbuda, West Indies, and is physically located on the island of Antigua.

Apparently, there's a "St. John's Island" in Singapore and in Egypt, but as far as I know, there's no island called "St. John's" anywhere.

IT


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January 19, 2011 12:29 pm  

The crime rates on ST JOHN are a little lower than on STT. But remember that there are about 50,000 people on STT and only about 9,000 on STJ.

And with that difference comes the added advantage of more jobs on STT, but also more competition.

The crime can be avoided but not eliminated.

I think you first need to think about what you are going to do. Then see if there are jobs that fit the bill. If you get that out of the way then it is a question of where you want to go. The big difference between STJ and STT is the life style. STJ is very much more relaxed and remoteThe costs on STJ are a little higher.

And of course you can catch the ferry for 11$ and visit either one.

You should do a PMV to see if the move is what you want.

Get a job lined up, a place to stay, and transportation.

hope this helps

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Shauna841505
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January 24, 2011 4:19 pm  

Thanks for all the advice! I'm planning on attempting to find something along the lines of serving, either restaurants or bars. I would also be open to any retail or cashiering. Basically at first I just want to be sure I have some income coming in, and I can hopefully survive off savings for a while.


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billd
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January 25, 2011 11:01 am  

Make sure and do a PMV. You can do it without but it would be good to line up a job, place to live, transportation, health card etc.

Spend some money but in the end it will be the best $ you will spend.

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Edward
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January 25, 2011 1:36 pm  

Shauna,

When I decided to move to the USVI, I thought I would settle on St. Thomas. St. John is too expensive and too small for me. After a pre-move visit to St. Croix, I decided to move here. I've never regretted my decision.

My advice: Come to St. Croix for a pre-move visit before making a final decision.

Good luck! 🙂


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Shauna841505
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January 28, 2011 6:52 pm  

Edward,

Can you give me some information on visiting St. Croix? Is it easy to fly into St. Thomas and are there ferries to take you St. Croix, or do you have to fly directly into St. Croix?


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January 28, 2011 7:44 pm  

there is a ferry that runs between STX and STT. It runs 4 days a week... some weeks. Some of the days it runs, it does two round trips and other days it does just one. It seems to be down fairly often, however, so it's not always a reliable way to transfer between the islands.

Depending on where you are flying from, it is usually just as easy to fly directly into STX as STT. If you want to spend time on one island and then time on the other, then the ferry or seaplane or cape air flights are the best ways to get from one island to the other.

Ferry website: http://www.goviseatrans.com/Home.htm

www.seaborneairlines.com gets you the seaplane. Seaborne also has flights via wheeled aircraft running between the airports.

www.capeair.com

Flights into STX are most numerous on American Eagle, although Delta and USAir also fly in on a limited schedule. As American no longer books via some of the travel websites such as Orbitz, be sure to check their site directly at www.aa.com to see if they have flights that work for you. You have an option to click to have the search include other airlines in conjunction with American flights, so you don't have to book parts of a trip separately if you can't go all the way on American.


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rdugirl
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February 13, 2011 9:41 pm  

What can you tell me about the hospital on STX vs STT? I am an RN looking to make permanent move to either USVI or HI. I'm 45, active and don't need a lot to make me happy. As long as I have a clean, safe place to live, close to shopping/restaurants, cafe's, wifi and cable then I'm happy. What is population of STX? I saw here that STT is 50K vs 9K on STJ? STJ sounds good, but not sure if I want to use ferry everyday for work? I am assuming that hospitals run on 12 hr shifts so working 7a-7p would the ferry even be an option?

Thanks!


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February 14, 2011 10:04 am  

rdugirl, if you do a search on "nursing" for "the last year" on this board, you'll find tons of information, as it appears to be a common subject.


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rdugirl
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February 14, 2011 8:42 pm  

I'm on it...so much info! So ready to be there 😎


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billd
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February 14, 2011 9:58 pm  

Try to get a position with a traveling nurse company. It is a much better deal to start out with.

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rdugirl
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February 15, 2011 1:49 am  

Yes, that is my plan. I have done travel nursing before and am talking with a recruiter now. I figure doing a 13-26 week contract would give me a good idea of 'island living' is for me, although I am fairly certain that I already know the answer 😎 My dilema will be STT, STX or STJ and which bikini I'm going to wear 😉


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February 15, 2011 10:04 am  

STX and none:D


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February 15, 2011 10:31 pm  

Hi! STX STT and STJ are all very different. My advice is to plan a visit and do some island hopping- I think that is the only way to know what will suit you. re:cat - many people may tell you not to bring him/her- I am a vet tech who moved 7 horses 2 dogs 2 cats and 1 rabbit to PR.(and back to NY-but that's another story!) I live with 1 dog and 2 cats in STX and am planing 3 horses flight now. Your cat will most likely do great!!! just do your homework on paperwork, vaccines, heart worm(not a big deal for cats in the US - but needs to be dealt with here) and be sure to keep really up to date on your flea and tick care- don't skimp on generic stuff it really doesn't work as well and will cost you more $ in long run. As to housing- I think you will be surprised at how easy it is to network and meet people. Good luck! it sounds like you are at the right time in life to make this kind of move!


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Hiya!
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February 16, 2011 10:48 am  

cdsp, you've not been on this board long at all. Most of us would tell you to stay where you are rather then not bring your pet. Personally it sickens me that people give away their pets like they are a couch to move here. How can you give away part of your family like that?


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February 16, 2011 12:37 pm  

re: "stay where you are rather than bring your pet"

I disagree hiya.

I love my pets, but they are not my children.
And if moving here was important (or not optional as is sometimes the case), I would consider finding a good home for my pets.

Heck, there were days I might have even considered finding a good home for my children! 🙂


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February 16, 2011 12:50 pm  

Have to agree with neil, I am a pet owner, not a pet parent.


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Hiya!
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February 16, 2011 1:10 pm  

I stand corrected then. I guess you guys represent most and not some. This board is making me really nauseous and sad today so this is going to be my last post today.

Seriously you should NEVER get a pet if you you can not take care of them. I was partially raised on a farm. I know what hard work it is to take care of animals, especially work animals. Pets are different, they are treated vastly different and for most people are part of your family. They are not disposable. If you can not make the commitment, don't get one. Why would you even want one if you can just take or leave them?


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February 16, 2011 2:36 pm  

I agree with you, Hiya. When you take in a pet, you take on responsibility for that creature for its entire life. It's a small price to pay for unconditional love (not to mention home protection, mouse extermination, kitchen floor crumb removal, etc.).

I've never met anyone who wanted to move here with their pet but could not find a way to do it. Maybe I will be corrected on this, but it seems that if you want to make it work, you can. It might make the flight more difficult and limit housing options, but not to the point of causing severe hardship.


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cdsp
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February 16, 2011 7:19 pm  

Sorry didn't know we needed to be on here for a certain amount of time before commenting- oops! Didn't think there was anything in my post advising her to stay or not bring her pet. Is it just a bad day? I have enjoyed all your posts.


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February 16, 2011 8:26 pm  

Hiya: I really have to recommend that you reread cdsp's post. There was nothing in there saying not to bring a pet.


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