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Hopeful Future Expatriate With a Few Questions...

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Hopeful Future Expatriate With a Few Questions...

Beitragvon Gaius » Di Feb 18, 2014 3:15

Firstly, I'd like to introduce myself. I'm Gaius, I'm currently a 2nd year student living on the east coast of the US, majoring in Information Technology with focus in Network Security and Administration. I'm pursuing at least a Bachelors in the subject, but am hoping to head for a Masters before I ever leave the US. Now, onto the true body of this...

I've always loved the idea of living and working abroad. Throughout my youth and young adulthood, I've been very well traveled, being to almost every state in the US, (curses, Hawaii was just too expensive for a newly-graduated minimum-wage teen) including a several month stay in Alaska, as well as exploring Canada, and have visited the UK, France, Russia, and Germany. I've known of Mauritius since I was a child and discovered it's name in an odd little children's book about where extinct animals lived, with the letters spelling Mauritius spelled out through it. I've been fascinated ever since, and have truly pondered the aspect of dropping everything here and moving to work across the globe. I really have no issue with completely resigning my citizenship in the US and attempting to become a commonwealth citizen in Mauritius. I also am not starstruck by the dream of living on an untamed island, I've just always liked isolation, and understand that I'd be working full-time to support myself there, certainly not living beachfront and drinking a fruity drink, though there's a retirement goal to aim for.

As well, this isn't an immediate plan. I'm a very cautious and careful person, and like to plan out my every move far in advance before I make it. I'd not even have the finances to make the move for around 3-5 years, let alone the education and confidence. I'm just wanting to get an idea right now as to whether or not life in Mauritius would be a viable option for myself.

Now, onto my questions. Even if a single of these can get answered, I'd be immensely grateful. Firstly... What is the process of obtaining work as an Expat like? Particularly challenging to find work, or arrange a place of living on the island? As well, how is the pay compared to most Information Technology careers in the US? (Say... $50,000 USD a year average) As well, if I potentially had a spouse when I made the move, say she's something along the lines of a Music major with a degree in both Music and Education. Would she be able to find a job with some effort, or would she have to settle for something more practical? (I know even in the US music major jobs are incredibly scarce, just making sure the Education degree wouldn't help) As well, do any Expat careers allow for a "looking" trip to the island, to get the feel for the land and see how it is? That would be ideal, as traveling there on a vacation is completely out of my price range right now.

Next, what is the transition like once you've touched down and started to settle in? I'm trying to simply avoid a total culture shock with this, and making sure I won't be universally hated by a group of people. (I live in the South of the US, and am accustomed to receiving mass hatred and threats from people who disagree with any of my beliefs, so I can adapt to it if I move) Just is the transition into the culture a very hard one to make, or would doing some research and talking with other Expats and locals help the process? This would be the hardest process for my spouse, as she has fairly strong ties to her home, while I could care less to leave it tomorrow.

Lastly, and somewhat related to the last question, what is day-to-day life like on Mauritius for a working man? I expect to obviously work, but what are the day-to-day hassles and happenings of life? Pros/Cons of the island life? I've read the argument that's 8 pages long in another forum post, and it's just got me worried about life, pollution, trash everywhere, ect, though I expect they were exaggerating to an extent. How do the marketplaces operate, the haggling and such? (Also, is the skin tax a sincere issue? I don't mind paying more as a visitor for a while, but would like to be treated as a local if I chose to stay for my lifetime.) As well, how are amenities and services on the island? Just a general picture of a week would be perfect.

I thank anyone who read all the way through this very much for looking at my questions, and a special thanks for any answers. I would just like to make sure this would be the life for me before I move somewhere the total size of the county in which I grew up in. [biggrin] Thanks again!

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Re: Hopeful Future Expatriate With a Few Questions...

Beitragvon Gaius » Di Feb 18, 2014 3:31

As well, are there any shooting ranges for firearms, or just an open land where target practicing is allowed? I've read up heavily on the laws for gun possession, and besides a single question on the definition of the law, I understand I can bring weapons with me. I'd just like to keep up my aim for hunting purposes.
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Re: Hopeful Future Expatriate With a Few Questions...

Beitragvon Michael » Di Feb 18, 2014 13:48

Hi Gaius,

I guess you're kidding, huh? Maybe you read about Mauritius in a kids fairy tale book but you're far from reality, man. US$50,000/year - if you're getiing 12,000/year you're already lucky and still will be seen as somebody steeling the jobs of the locals. Did you know that the average salary is 200-300 US$/month?? Did you know that there are thousands of families below US$200/month and have to make their living.

Weapons? Firearms? Forget it - this is not the US with their freedom of defense.

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Re: Hopeful Future Expatriate With a Few Questions...

Beitragvon Gaius » Mi Feb 19, 2014 20:53

Well, not going to lie, that kind-of destroyed some of my hopes. But I thought the laws allow for two firearms as long as the proper paperwork and fees are done?
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Re: Hopeful Future Expatriate With a Few Questions...

Beitragvon Titus » Sa Feb 22, 2014 15:05

Gaius hat geschrieben:As well, this isn't an immediate plan. I'm a very cautious and careful person, and like to plan out my every move far in advance before I make it.


Well, I'd suggest that you'd put aside some 2-3 months of your 50.000$ job salary (oté, j'ai failli écrire "céleri") and just have a trip over there. 95% of your questions will be answered without any typing - and I guess the remainng 5% can also be resolved within a few days if you'll ask seriously around.!

I'd suggest this to anyone who wants to move to anywhere else also. Not only to careful persons.
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Re: Hopeful Future Expatriate With a Few Questions...

Beitragvon Gaius » Mo Feb 24, 2014 21:05

Titus hat geschrieben:
Well, I'd suggest that you'd put aside some 2-3 months of your 50.000$ job salary (oté, j'ai failli écrire "céleri") and just have a trip over there. 95% of your questions will be answered without any typing - and I guess the remainng 5% can also be resolved within a few days if you'll ask seriously around.!

I'd suggest this to anyone who wants to move to anywhere else also. Not only to careful persons.


I've been hoping to as a honeymoon, though I'd much rather actually travel and stay in an apartment for a short-medium term (1-2 months) to get the actual feel, not just some resort.
With that, just a last question, would it be possible to rent an apartment for just a couple of months? I haven't got much info on the actual availability of apartments on the island.
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Re: Hopeful Future Expatriate With a Few Questions...

Beitragvon Titus » Di Feb 25, 2014 14:49

yes, there's a lot, I think you'll get happy:
https://www.google.com/search?client=op ... el=suggest

- or just try bungalow to rent Mauritius.
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