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Nicoole
06-08-2011, 01:58 PM
Hi, my name is Nicoole. Is there a place to introduce yourself?
We are planning to move to Bonaire with our son, six year old. (If we move we have a job.) But we are not completely sure what’s the right decision; move or stay in Holland. :confused: We are making a list with the benefits and the disadvantages. Who can help us? Be honest en just tell us what you think about everything what you think is important to know. Thanks</SPAN>

itsamugsgame
06-13-2011, 09:44 AM
Hi Nicoole.

Welcome to BT.

Moving abroad is always a big decision & all I can offer you is some pointers based on when my Wife & I moved to Bonaire from the UK.

If you are going to send your child to a local school, they will be taught in Papiamentu. I assume that you are Dutch so that will obviously be an advantage.

The cost of living when compared with incomes on Bonaire is much higher on the island than it is in Europe. Wages are low, food & electricity/water are very expensive. Of course, property is cheaper so you may be able to sell a property in Holland that may be mortgaged & buy outright on Bonaire as we did, that will help address the balance.

Although the health care is more than adequate, it is nowhere near the standard that we enjoy in Europe. Any specialist care or treatment would have to be done in Curacao.

My suggestion, if possible would be for you and your family to take an extended break for maybe 3 months. Rent a property & live as a local. Use the supermarkets & other shops, eat at home, watch TV, use local services. It will give you a better understanding of how you will cope long term with the heat, mosquitoes, the cost of living, power outages, limited TV & the extra vigilance needed to avoid crime or burglary.

It may sound like an expensive exercise but potentially, it could save you a lot of money & heartache in the future.

Good luck :)

Vincent
06-17-2011, 05:22 PM
Life is offering choices. If you have the possibilities to change your life than go for it. Don't expect the worst, life is full of opportunities.
You can always return when the experience is not what you expected after a couple of years. Maybe some things are cheaper or expensive, but what the hack, that is life.

Nicoole
07-03-2011, 07:21 AM
Thanks for your reactions. We are glade with al the information we get. We are still not completely sure what to do. We have had a few nice conversations with employers. Within four-six week we hear if we get the job.

Kaisa
07-03-2011, 11:55 AM
Hi Nicoole,

Have you visited Bonaire in the past? Otherwise I would suggest the same as 'itsamugsgame' to spend some time here before deciding to move here.
Especially as you are planning to move here with a child.
He has to go to school, learn to read and write when he is six. Then it's even harder for him to start school after all the others have already started in the middle of August. Children adjust very fast, but we must not under estimate the impact! We have moved lived in 3 different countries (and 2 different laguages!) together with our children.

Good luck!

Nicoole
07-03-2011, 02:00 PM
I visited Bonaire a few years ago, when i lived six months on Aruba. But i was a student then. So i think (hope) i have differend wishes now. My husband lived on Curacau for a few years.
We applied for a job on Bonaire. If we got a contract, we have to start in december. We liked to start later (we have to sell our house etc), but that is not possible. So we don't have time to visite Bonaire before the big dicision. Or it is just for one or two weeks and we think the cost don't match with the profit.

Thanks for the note about our son. He is our biggest concern.
Our son speaks Dutch. If we move to Bonire we want to place him in a dutch school. We hope that makes it a more easy to adjust.

Are your childeren going to school on Bonaire?

Kim

Kaisa
07-03-2011, 02:15 PM
Hi Kim!

I get the idea you do know what to expect here on the island as you have lived in the Caribbean and visited Bonaire. I think that is very important. A lot of Dutch people move here without having a clue what islands life and Caribbean life is like.
We are Dutch as well and our children go to a Dutch school. We did not want the children to learn an other new language straight away as they were taught in German before me moved her. On top of that, if you want to go back to Holland they can easily go further with their education.