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"Expat life in the Dominican Republic isn't just lying under palms all day, as you might think. But InterNations made it worthwhile. "
Living in Dominican Republic, from India
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InterNations - a trusted Network & Guide for Expats in Dominican Republic
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Get Connected to Our Expat Community in the Dominican Republic!
Hola, and a warm welcome to our expat community in the Dominican Republic, the largest nation of the Caribbean. We offer you a wealth of invaluable information dedicated to supporting expats around the world. You are invited to use our detailed guides, take advantage of insider tips, and visit our forum to pose questions to other expats in the Dominican Republic who are happy to share their experience.
You'll find the answers to any questions, from the tricky, "how do I apply for a work permit?" to the practical "where can I attend language classes?" and the everyday "can I buy takeaway pizza?". We aim to support you as you adapt to a new culture and open the doors to this fascinating country, from your first taste of mama juana to the treasures of Carnival. Once you arrive, you can meet fellow expats face to face at our large social events or smaller interest-based groups.
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Start Your New Life in the Dominican Republic
To work in the Dominican Republic you'll need a good understanding of Spanish, and due to the nature of work permits, it's advisable to obtain employment before relocating. Expats often head for the capital, Santo Domingo, where several international companies have offices, and the Cyberpark area of the city provides opportunities for foreigners in technology or high-tech manufacturing. Traditionally, exporting has long been the main industry and tourism is a major employer, but teaching English is also a good option for expatriates.
The traditional diet favors meat and starchy foods and benefits from Spanish, African, and Middle-Eastern influences as well as the indigenous Taino. Desserts make use of a range of ingredients, from fresh fruit to coconut and cakes such as arepa, made from cornmeal.
The two largest shopping malls in the Dominican Republic are Blue Mall and Agora Mall, both located in Santa Domingo, and busy nightlife can be found in any of the coastal tourist hotspots. National festivals throughout the year include the parades and street parties of Carnival and Restoration Day, and each city hosts unique festivals, such as the lively Meringue festival in Puerto Plata.
A Network of Expats in the Dominican Republic
As a member of InterNations, you can enjoy networking both online and offline in a unique and secure environment where you can confidently interact with other expats. You may want to attend one of our events or explore our groups to meet fellow expats interested in snorkeling, dining out, or arts and culture. Finally, come along to one of our large community-wide events, where you can take the opportunity to socialize with fellow expats who have traveled from all over the world.
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