|By Sean Arietta (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #1) on Sunday, July 31, 2005 - 7:53 pm:|
I'm a college student in the states and I'm absolutely in love with Bonaire. I've been there twice, once when I was 8 and then again to get my dive cert at 13. I'm interested in spending 2.5 months living in Bonaire for the summer (June-August) and was wondering if anyone had any ideas for me as far as lodgings/jobs. Also, I would really like to try to be a bartender but I'll be 20 by then, which isn't old enough to bartend in the states, but hopefully will be in Bonaire. Does anyone know the laws on that? Thanks for all the help, and I hope to see you guys next summer!!
|By Nathalie (BonaireTalker - Post #92) on Monday, August 1, 2005 - 7:49 pm:|
Greetings Sean. Bartenders and waiters on Bonaire generally speak English, Dutch, Spanish, and Papiamento. Pretty impressive, and necessary given the international visitors. As a foreigner you would also need special permits to work and they are unlikely to be granted. Are you perhaps studying something of relevance to any research projects in Bonaire? If so, you might be able to arrange an unpaid internship. Good luck with your efforts.
|By Sean Arietta (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #2) on Monday, August 1, 2005 - 9:35 pm:|
Why are these special permits hard to obtain? Are there certain jobs that might not require one of these (I suppose taxes are the issue)? I don't really care how hard it is to get a job there, I will do everything in my power to move there for the summer. If you have any other advice please help, this is something that must happen. Thanks!!
|By Cynde (BonaireTalk Deity - Post #14040) on Tuesday, August 2, 2005 - 12:13 am:|
Sean, Bonaire is another country. In the US, to be able to work "legally" you need to be a citizen, or have a green card. On Bonaire, the residents are Dutch and Antillean, Bonaire is part of Holland. I know that locals can help expand on this I also believe they are very strict on the policy as well (paying taxes, etc.) And as Nathalie has stated, you would also need to know Dutch and Papiamento for certain.
|By Tish (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #330) on Tuesday, August 2, 2005 - 6:44 am:|
Use the BT search engine to read previous threads on this topic. You will find info also under "Moving to Bonaire."
|By Sean Arietta (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #3) on Tuesday, August 2, 2005 - 8:05 am:|
Well then.. I guess I'll have to think about this a little more than eh? Thanks for the help!
|By Jerry Besco (BonaireTalker - Post #89) on Tuesday, August 2, 2005 - 8:44 am:|
Take heart Sean almost all of us have had the same idea as you. Youth is on your side. What motivation to learn Dutch. You are overdue for a visit to Bonaire. Excel in College so you can have the means to spend time on Bonaire.
|By Andy & Dave Bartlett (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #337) on Tuesday, August 2, 2005 - 10:00 am:|
Sean, since it will be almost impossible for you to find work on Bonaire you might try one of the USVI or PR as they are US islands and all laws are the same as at home. Guam in the Pacific is also a US island. something for you to think about.
|By Sean Arietta (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #4) on Tuesday, August 2, 2005 - 10:07 am:|
It's hard to settle for them when you have Bonaire on your mind, know what I mean?
|By Cynde (BonaireTalk Deity - Post #14044) on Tuesday, August 2, 2005 - 11:01 am:|
Thanks Tish, I knew someone that lives on island could explain it in more detail.
|By Sean Arietta (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #5) on Tuesday, August 2, 2005 - 1:06 pm:|
I wonder, would it be possible to simply live on Bonaire for an extended period of time while possibly holding a job in the states that doesn't require you to stay there. For instance, if I sold products online, I would not need to physically live in the US, but I would do business from there and then reside on Bonaire. Is that possible, not that I have anything close to means like that, just a possible loophole.
|By Tish (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #331) on Tuesday, August 2, 2005 - 1:33 pm:|
Immigration does not permit people to simply come here and stay indefinitely unless they achieve residency status.
|By Sean Arietta (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #6) on Tuesday, August 2, 2005 - 2:52 pm:|
I;m a physics and computer science major.. not exactly a writer.. haha. I am excited to hear about the 3 month extension though, that at least serves promise for the time being while im in school. I am a diver, but no where near the instructor level. Do you know how long it might take to achieve that level? By the way, you guys are amazing in terms of response time. I've never had posts on any forum answered this quickly!!
|By Tish (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #332) on Tuesday, August 2, 2005 - 3:09 pm:|
Not a single 3 month extension. Probably you would have to show up at Immigration now and then for smaller extensions.
|By victor mena (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #1) on Tuesday, August 9, 2005 - 1:35 pm:|
Greetings from Venezuela to everybody in the the beautiful island of bonaire!
|By JIM KENNEDY (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #202) on Saturday, October 15, 2005 - 6:03 pm:|
Try sailing there from the US...that's what I plan to do - someday! Than you can anchor out away from the marine park and row your dinghy in and kick some sand up (or is it salt?).... :>) Of course there are ways of living by secretly work for room and board with a house owner.... if you got my drift - "Drift" - got it??? In your dinghy?? I'm just kidding around (again) I don't take much seriously anymore... Tomorrow the sun will rise again (so will the South!)
|By Back to Jeanine, or is it Tribs? (Extraordinary BonaireTalker - Post #1179) on Saturday, October 15, 2005 - 6:07 pm:|
OMG Jim! I'm dying here! Are you from Illinois or Georgia? LOL!
|By JIM KENNEDY (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #204) on Saturday, October 15, 2005 - 6:46 pm:|
OMG Jeanine don't die, I don't want to be responsible for your death! I'm from Illinois, born and raised...hate it- waiting for retirement so my ship will come in (NO, go out with ME aboard)
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