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Old 10-29-2010, 02:41 PM
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Hi! We have decided to move to Chesapeake/VaB from South Africa! Both my husband and I were headhunted by 2 respective companies, our H1-B visas are in the process of being granted which hopefully will result in us moving in January 2011. My husband will work in Chesapeake and I in Vabeach. We did some research and have decided to try to get a house in the Great Bridge area, as we have 3 schoolgoing kids (13,9,9).
A few questions:
As we will probably arrive in January, how will the kids adapt to starting school in the middle of the schoolyear. (Our schoolyear is from January till December)?
My 13 year old loves cricket --- any luck that there might be a cricket club in the area?
All three boys do JKA karate --- any club in the area?
Our homelanguage is German (although in SA we can all speak at least 2 other languages as well - English, and Afrikaans). Any germanspeaking people around?
My husband was promised a salary of 100K. Will be be able to make ends meet, if I stay at home a while to see us settling in first? What pricerange could we look at regarding rental housing for the first year?
Your recommendations regarding an area to stay?

This is a huge step in our lives and we want it to WORK!! Any advice will be greatly appreciated.
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Old 10-29-2010, 03:05 PM
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
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Early welcome! Great Bridge is a nice area to live in. $100,000 a year is a very nice salary and should do very well for you as you get settled. Expect to pay anywhere from 1200-1600 a month for a rental for you and your children. More if you go for something more opulent, of course.

I can't speak for the school year difference, not having school age children (or any, actually).

I'm not sure about Cricket in this area but there is no shortage of various karate dojos to be found in Hampton Roads.

I personally know a handful of German speakers as well as one or two who speak Afrikaans so I don't think you'll have much trouble finding people with whom to sprech the deutch. (I am not one of them as you can easily see from my poor attempt at German).

I recently left Hampton Roads but lived there for 35 years so if I can help with anything else, please don't hesitate to ask.
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Old 10-29-2010, 08:10 PM
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Mid-Atlantic Cricket Conference

Here's a link I found with a google search. It says there are teams in VAB. When contacting them use the ones with the 757 area codes. I'm not sure about where to live in Chesapeake as I live in VAB, but good luck to you with your move. Once you're sure what city you'll be living in I would call the school district APSP due to the difference in the school calender.
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