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Kyle28
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Hi all! I'm 22 years old and just graduated college. I'm debating trying to find employment and move to the virgin islands. I was wondering if there was anything I should consider that wouldn't come to mind and if you can get around without a car. Are apartments affordable? And and all feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance 

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singlefin
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Scroll through the previous threads for answers to your common questions. Definitely take the time to fly down and check things out before jumping in with both feet.

Considering which island fits you, your employment options, transportation needs, expenses to live, etc, is far easier when your here. Everyone has different standards and different interpretations of what’s affordable and what isn’t.

Best of luck on your adventure!

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Kyle28
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Thanks will do really appreciate you taking the time 

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East Ender
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Kyle: Welcome to the board! First, what sort of employment are you thinking about? Second, people DO get along without a car, but it isn't easy. And, the affordability of housing is something that can be discussed. One thing is that there aren't apartment buildings like in the States. It is more common to rent an apartment within someone's home. Have you been here before?

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Kyle28
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Thank you! I was hoping like child care coaching or something with resorts or cruises like the recreation field. And gotcha I cam see that. And of course I kinda figured I was just hoping for something small Haha but I see what you mean and not yet hoping to visit in August. Thank you so much for your reply and time I truly do appreciate it!

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Okay, Kyle. Do you have teaching credentials? Coaching/teaching kinda go together. Several good private schools around... Cruises, if you mean cruise ships, would be a different thing and not employment available through the VI, but the corporate headquarters. Young people do get involved in day sails, fishing charters and the like. Do you have boating credentials, life saving, etc.? Unfortunately, at least on St Thomas, there are no resorts open yet. The Ritz is supposed to open soon, but the others aren't. The storms of 2017 really did a number on us.

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Kyle28
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Gotcha I wasn't aware of the resort thing I was given bad info. I poorly explained what I meant by cruises. And I do have some teaching credentials and a lot of coaching credentials and experience. I do have some boating credentials and have life saving and life guard and all that as well as a few others. And thank you so much again for the time and opening my eyes to a few things.

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jaldeborgh
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Kyle,

At your age and junction in life you have nothing to lose but a little time.  The key point is can you afford to 2 or 3 months of living expenses to get yourself grounded.  I would suggest you contact several prospective employers via email to see what the employment environment looks like in your area of interest.  I'm no expert but there are likely some jobs in restaurants and/or retail as a back-stop.  If you decide it's not for you, at least you can say you gave it a shot.  Remember, life is about the ride not the destination.

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Kyle28
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Absolutely can't agree more with those wise words. Thank you very much I will make sure to do that. Means a lot you were willing to take the time. Thank you 

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Kyle,

Keep in mind that many employers will not respond to employment inquiries from folks not on island as most of those never pan out.  If you are looking for a specific professional position you may have better luck.  Don't underestimate the amount of cash you will need to get started as you will read in the old posts.

 

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Kyle28
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Absolutely I will for sure keep that in mind. And yes I'll do my best to figure that out. I'll try to do both of those things and hope they work. Thank you!

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East Ender
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Kyle: I would love to see some young folks come here and teach, coach, etc. IMHO, too many come to tend bar and party. They never really get involved in the island in a more positive way. 😉 

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speee1dy
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at your age it is easier.  the only problem i see is the affordable part 

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Kyle28
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Haha well I promise I want to have a positive impact I have a lot of childcare and coaching experience and hope to do that for the rest of my life. And yeah I'm concerned about that a bit but if I can make it work I'd love too I just have to try.  Thank you so much 

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