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Old 01-03-2014, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Oklahoma City, OK
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Hey guys,

I'm a 22 year old female from Oklahoma City who is making the necessary preparations to move to Puerto Rico's west side this time next year. The area that I am considering is Aguadilla-Isabela-Aguada or Cabo Rojo-San German. I currently am studying to be a print development specialist (certified, no degree) and am a black belt in Kung Fu San Soo with the capacity to instruct yoga. I mention these things because I would like to know the probability of my success in either of these as a profession when I arrive. I do plan to take my first trip to Puerto Rico sometime this year to get an actual feel for the areas mentioned, but I would still like some insight. I am choosing the west side because I am totally aware of the crime rate of the island, and the higher rates even that exist in the Metro. Also, because the skateboarding scene on the west is awesome! (Skateboarding, I believe, is God's gift to my life, to say the least.) Since I was 17 years old, I have been completely fascinated by Puerto Rican culture and my ultimate dream/goal has been to relocate one day. I am fluent in Spanish, and although I do not have any Puerto Rican friends, speak it in the same dialect and accent as Boricuas do. Explaining how would require me to write a longer passage than I want to really, so I'm going to leave it at that - I speak Spanish rather fluently (even still, I am improving all the time). For anyone who may like to know, for whatever reason, I am African American.

Any insight at all would be absolutely appreciated.

Thanks, y'all! (I'm from Oklahoma, remember?)

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Old 01-03-2014, 10:41 AM
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i would suggest the northern part then. i believe your clients will most likely be north americans that live on the island. aguadilla, rincon area have a good number of them. mayaguez is a college town so you might be able to make friends easier there. not sure how cabo rojo would suit your needs.

how much can you make teaching in your area? i expect it will be less on the island but i could be wrong.
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Old 01-03-2014, 11:05 AM
 
Location: New Orleans
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You definitely will fit in much better in the Aguada/Rincon/Aguadilla area, where you may be able to link up with other "expats" who may very well constitute the bulk of your business. I'm sure you want to connect with locals and get that much better at Spanish, and you will no matter where you go. But in terms of making a living, your best shot is in that northwest corner. I lived in San German and I love that side, but economically it's not happening and you won't have any sort of outsider presence to establish as a client base. A car is a MUST, I cannot stress this enough!

Good luck!
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Old 01-03-2014, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Oklahoma City, OK
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You definitely will fit in much better in the Aguada/Rincon/Aguadilla area, where you may be able to link up with other "expats" who may very well constitute the bulk of your business. I'm sure you want to connect with locals and get that much better at Spanish, and you will no matter where you go. But in terms of making a living, your best shot is in that northwest corner. I lived in San German and I love that side, but economically it's not happening and you won't have any sort of outsider presence to establish as a client base. A car is a MUST, I cannot stress this enough!

Good luck!
Do you think that overall I'd actually be better off in the metro? (In terms of the kind of living to be made.)
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Old 01-03-2014, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Oklahoma City, OK
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i would suggest the northern part then. i believe your clients will most likely be north americans that live on the island. aguadilla, rincon area have a good number of them. mayaguez is a college town so you might be able to make friends easier there. not sure how cabo rojo would suit your needs.

how much can you make teaching in your area? i expect it will be less on the island but i could be wrong.
Oh, okay. That's actually the area that I'm most interested in. In Oklahoma City, the rate for a PDS is generally around $19/hr when employed by a company. I, however, am wanting to do freelance work so that I can also explore other endeavors. Freelance designers... generate an income that exhibits their effort to find clients, typically. The flexibility of traveling all the island to find them would be one of the biggest benefits of this.
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Old 01-03-2014, 04:21 PM
 
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You definitely will fit in much better in the Aguada/Rincon/Aguadilla area, where you may be able to link up with other "expats" who may very well constitute the bulk of your business. I'm sure you want to connect with locals and get that much better at Spanish, and you will no matter where you go. But in terms of making a living, your best shot is in that northwest corner. I lived in San German and I love that side, but economically it's not happening and you won't have any sort of outsider presence to establish as a client base. A car is a MUST, I cannot stress this enough!

Good luck!
I agree with this. Cabo Rojo had a tremendous beach Playa Sucia aka Dirty beach. Not sure why it's called this but it's 100% top notch. With that said my experience in Cabo Rojo was it was a lot of Islander's from other parts vacationing there. I shot up to Isabella and it was a different experience. A lot of people from the states were there surfing and vacationing. Also Rincon has a lot of people from the states living there. Aguadilla I did not encounter a lot of expat's there.
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Old 01-03-2014, 08:22 PM
 
Location: New Orleans
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Do you think that overall I'd actually be better off in the metro? (In terms of the kind of living to be made.)
I would say no, because you've got a higher (per capita) concentration of North Americans in the Rincon/Aguadilla area,and it's far cheaper to live there than in the San Juan area. The Metro Area never did it for me really, it was cool to visit and get the big city vibe, but day to day living seemed too stressful. It's probably better to stick to the original plan.
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Old 01-06-2014, 10:40 AM
 
Location: Oklahoma City, OK
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I would say no, because you've got a higher (per capita) concentration of North Americans in the Rincon/Aguadilla area,and it's far cheaper to live there than in the San Juan area. The Metro Area never did it for me really, it was cool to visit and get the big city vibe, but day to day living seemed too stressful. It's probably better to stick to the original plan.
THANKS! I'll probably end up in Mayaguez.
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