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Teaching in the cayman isles

Discussion in 'Teaching overseas' started by treefrog101, Mar 15, 2018.

  1. treefrog101

    treefrog101 New commenter

    hi, all the threads I can find on here about the cayman isles seem quite old so I thought I would start a new one, I would love to hear from anyone living out there at the moment my main concerns are regarding surviving on a teachers salary, whether you really need a car as I cannot drive and also the deal with bringing dogs and partners any input welcome!
     
  2. h0lly89

    h0lly89 New commenter

    Hi, are you moving to the Cayman Islands this year? I have been offered a job so currently doing some research into living there too before I accept!
     
  3. dumbbells66

    dumbbells66 Lead commenter

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  4. T0nyGT

    T0nyGT Lead commenter

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  5. treefrog101

    treefrog101 New commenter

    I have just accepted the job! I have read a lot of negative comments on here but I have decided you only live once so decided to give it a try but an awful lot to do yet before we get there! Will be great to hear what you decide! The cost of living is extremely high but hopefully just about manageable!
     
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  6. treefrog101

    treefrog101 New commenter

    Yes it is very expensive, going to have to cut down on my food shopping but that may not be a bad thing!
     
  7. sicalifornia

    sicalifornia New commenter

    Very expensive. You will definitely need a car. Schools look squeeky clean, but read some of the old threads about the schools - they are still the same.
     
  8. treefrog101

    treefrog101 New commenter

    Can you give a bit more information about the need for a car? Nobody really seems to explain why y need one
     
  9. 576

    576 Established commenter

    Because the bus system isn't like the UK. Forget ideas of timetables or set routes. I was once on a bus there that did a u-turn because there was a large group of passengers on the other side of the road.

    If you've ever caught a bus in sub-saharan Africa it's that type of thing.
     
  10. T0nyGT

    T0nyGT Lead commenter

    Some people only want to hear the good things, and will discount anything negative to placate their regret it over their hasty decisions.
     
  11. treefrog101

    treefrog101 New commenter

    Couldn't you walk most places if the island is so small?
     
  12. 576

    576 Established commenter

    Grand Cayman is 264km2.
    You won't want to walk very far in 30 degrees celsius and you'll find some areas have no pavement.
    If you live in walking distance of the school you probably won't be in walking distance of the supermarket or night life.
     
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  13. 576

    576 Established commenter

    It's twice the size of Jersey and Bergerac had a car.
    How much research have you done before accepting this job?
     
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  14. treefrog101

    treefrog101 New commenter

    I’ve done plenty of research but there are some areas where the information is quite sparse my understanding is the island is 23 miles by 7 miles at its longest point the school looks to me to be less than a mile from George Town and close to beach so I would hope I could do my day to day activity on foot and then get a taxi to supermarket etc I enjoy walking and the start up cost and petrol costs for a car seem quite high and I can’t imagine I would spend more than that on a weekly taxi to supermarket etc?
     
  15. sicalifornia

    sicalifornia New commenter

    There are very few pavements and many people drive like lunatics there! It's also not just the heat, but the humidity too which make it difficult to walk in for even a short period of time. Buses are not timetabled and turn up on a random basis, they also don't follow a set route, they can divert on request, so you wouldn't want to rely on one to get to work!

    Depending on which school it's at, and where you live, you might be able to cycle - but you would turn up to work drenched in sweat!
     
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  16. T0nyGT

    T0nyGT Lead commenter

    So you did your research, which told you:

    1) You'll struggle to survive on one salary
    2) You need a car to get around

    And you decided to go with a dependent and no car.

    As for the size of the island, this can be very deceptive. 3 miles isn't really that far until you're walking it in 30 degrees down a dirt road with no sidewalk
     
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  17. T0nyGT

    T0nyGT Lead commenter

    Wait, I just realised you haven't used a single full stop in any of your posts so far. You're not a musik teacher are you?
     
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  18. JTL

    JTL Occasional commenter

    Don’t forget it is a tax haven and you don’t pay tax on your wages. Yes, things, including food are much more expensive but wages reflect this.

    A young relative of mine, also a teacher, has a very good standard of living and has been on Grand Cayman for five years. Until recently she shared a rented house. Rentals seem to come equipped with furniture and household appliances. The two she has rented had outdoor pools and mini gyms along the road which were free to residents, probably part of the rental fees. You may be able to house share with another member of staff at your school. Perhaps your school could help you with this.

    She did buy an old car to get around. As others have said it is hot and sometimes humid and people don’t walk far even though it is very flat. There are no corner shops so people drive to the supermarkets , bars and beaches. The beaches are fantastic along Seven Mile Beach. It’s just a completely different way of life.

    A friend recently returned to the uk and brought his cat back with him. I think it cost 1500 Cayman dollars, but black cats are not well thought of in Cayman so he felt it was worth it. Maybe taking your dog might not be such a good idea. There are lots of stray puppies which are rehomed to the States by a local charity.

    Regarding your partner, I think Cayman is very strict about only allowing people to stay if they have a job and will escort you off the island if you exceed your visitor’s visa. I’m not sure how easy it is to get a job but I know that they will only employ an ‘outsider’ if they can’t fill the job with a resident.

    Good luck with your new job. Take plenty of sun products and toiletries!
     
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  19. Globalteaching456

    Globalteaching456 New commenter

    I live and work here as a teacher and never needed a car. Bus system is great. I take it every day to school and to my many many hours of after school PD and home. I walk for miles all year round it is not too hot if you go by the beach. Would avoid taxis: way too expensive. I walk to all stores and bicycle. I would not bike along the highway. Drunk drivers and speeding. Pay is low compared to rent and cost of living but because of crime I live in a nice area so I pay more.
    All the negative things and positive things said here are true.
    Teaching in private school is not even the same job as government schools. And all govt schools are different. I’ve seen so many say they’re used to difficult behaviour based on whatever experiences they think has prepared them. You can’t be prepared for this. Sliding scale reference is awesome. It only gets worse. Most international teachers are gone ASAP. Some even before the end of a term. It’s just that bad.
     
  20. russellchild3

    russellchild3 New commenter

    Hi arriving to teach in Aug 2018 too
     

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