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Kansas
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Is it possible for someone with a couple grand move to the islands? Im a 22 year old single guy and im tired of these Kansas wheat fields. Whats the job market like? ive been a disel mechanic for four years and i work hard, i might have to switch careers im aware but whats avilable down there? Im super motivated to the point where im about to just buy the ticket and leave. Thanks in advance for any good responses or tips.

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Alana33
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Yes!

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Kansas
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Yes to which question? lol

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Alana33
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Yes to all.
It's perfectly possible and reasonable for you to relocate.
We live on relatively small islands and in a hurricane alley.
There's lots of yachts/boats, businesses that cater to these businesses and homeowners that have diesel generators that require servicing. Including the automotive sector. Anyone who knows their stuff and isn't a rip off can find work on all 3 islands.
You probably will need more than a couple grand to move, especially if you bring your vehicle and your tools but if you're hardworking, honest and dependable, you'll do well
In St. Thomas there are a multitude of sailing, fishing, diving charter companies, individuals and homeowners that can use a qualified diesel mechanic.

Our electricity provider, WAPA, goes down, often, without rhyme or reason.
Many homeowners have learned to have back up systems.

Especially necessary when tropical storms and hurricanes blow thru.
Doing a great job, first time out, gives you word of mouth advertising.

There are pitfalls. Do your homework to see if this suits you.
Not knocking your age but many people can get caught up in after hour activities that detracts from job performance. In that case, the VI can eat you up and spit you out.

I'm sure others on this forum can add additional information and advice.
Do your homework for costs of living expenses and how much it actually does cost to move and live here.

It ain't cheap.

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Scubadoo
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You probably will need more than a couple grand to move, especially if you bring your vehicle and your tools

But that was the original question. A couple grand including air fair? No. As has been stated in many a past discussion you pretty much need personal transportation in the VI (and not a skooter), few exceptions. So for starters you have airfare, first/last month's rent and security after paying for someplace temporary while you look for long term rental, utility deposits, buy a car/ship a car, short term living expenses while you get that job lined up, plus reserve for return ticket if all does not work out as planned. More than a couple grand.

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