Moving to any island - suggestions?
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Feb 10, 2012 6:17 PM Last Post By: looiefly
Jan 31, 2012 4:35 PM
Moving to any island - suggestions?Hi!
Well, how can i put this shortly? I am needing to change my life: get away from the place i live in, being in less stress, to stop being inserted in a society that measures the level of your success, and consequently, the oppotunities of integration, by the size of the house you buy and the tv you put inside, by how expensive your car is... It's not that i don't fit in... it's just that i don't like it 'cause human being are so much more than that.
I am thinking about planning a trip do the Pacific Islands... and, who knows, stop by at one place and i would like to know your oppinions about it. I would love to keep doing what i do here, professionaly (i'm a vet). I love volunteer work but i would have to earn some money to pay my dues... But it's not inflexible... i can do something else.
So, to the ones who live in these places or the ones who've lived there or the ones who know it well enough - do you think there's jobs there, is living there easy, is it relaxed? Just give me some ffedback, please.
Thank you :)
Feb 1, 2012 4:41 AM
1There is definitely a need for vets in most Pacific countries. You could possibly make money looking after the pets of the expats, while volunteering by desexing stray dogs and cats. You would need to get a work permit from whichever country you want to live in, though.
Feb 1, 2012 6:03 AM
2Thank you so much!
Is there any country you would suggest?
And i am right when i think the way of living is much more relaxed then in Europe?
Thank you again :)
Feb 1, 2012 7:33 AM
3As you seem to be floating this idea around several places in the world (see Mexico branch), you would get more useful information if you were more specific:
1. What is your nationality?
2. Are you eligible for any kind of work visa in the country you are inquiring about (that would be your responsibility to investigate)?
3. What certification or license or specialized skills do you have to support yourself?
4. What are your language skills?
Feb 2, 2012 3:56 AM
Feb 2, 2012 9:54 AM
5If you are looking for a spot in the S Pacific, how about New Caledonia? Your French would be very useful there. And Cook Islands? I understand there is a group there trying to control the feral dog population by sterilizing and then getting the animals adopted. Very worthwhile, IMO.
Of course it's all contingent on your obtaining the necessary work visas, etc.
Feb 2, 2012 4:46 PM
6The Cook Islands doesn't have a feral dog population as such, rather it is cats that are an issue. What Esther Honey Foundation successfully provides by way of volunteer vet services on Rarotonga and Aitutaki is an ongoing spaying program so that domestic animals are kept in check with pet dogs being limited to 2 dogs maximum per household (but not Aitutaki - no dogs there). Cats are not so easily controlled, but with good education programs the communities are being made more aware of the harmfiul effects on native birds, and the spread of feline diseases.
Bali-sulu, you may be interested in visiting the Cook Islands and seeing how your skills can be transferred to the local level. Esther Honey does a wonderful job, and Im sure they would welcome extra helpers, but the local SPCA could possibly do with voluntary support to progress its roles with animal welfare and developing a dog-pound to house stray animals.
Feb 2, 2012 10:18 PM
7Thanks for putting me straight ... I saw a documentary on the work being done with the 'beach' dogs on Rarotonga, but they made it sound like the dogs were feral. Most of them were homeless, which is pretty much the same thing. They are doing a terrific job, that's for sure.
Feb 3, 2012 8:59 AM
Feb 4, 2012 4:27 AM
Feb 10, 2012 6:17 PM
10I lived in Vanuatu for 6 months a few years back and have visited again since. It is one of the most incredible places in the world- the people are lovely, the culture is still very much present and the scenery is spectacular!
Your French could come in useful here too as parts of the country speak French.
There are a lot of expats on the main island so I guess your vet work would come in handy there. If you wanted to get out into the islands then it may be more difficult to do vet work. I worked in a school teaching with no formal training. There are loads of schools that would welcome volunteers and potentially pay you.
Hope this helps :) If you want more info let me know!
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