I’ve recently accepted a job offer working on an island in the BVI so I will be moving from the UK. I will be waitressing/bartending in a private resort. My work permit is currently being processed.
I am sharing accommodation that is provided to me by my employer so that is not an issue. My food and drinks are also included.
My question is, what am I missing? What questions should I be asking? I’ve grown up in a city so moving to a remote island is going to be a bit of a culture shock for me.
Any advice at all would be helpful, thanks.
If you are happy about the terms and conditions, you don’t seem to be missing anything. I would recommend doing some research on days off and price levels. Otherwise, you seem to be ready and set, get some shades and say goodbye to Hollywood!
Congratulations on the job offer. You’ll love it here!
Our culture will definitely be a big change from a city; it takes some getting used to, but it is well worth it.
That is great that you have your accommodation covered, as well as food and beverage expenses. I would certainly ask them about Health Insurance, if they are going to cover it or a portion. If not, you might want to look into this, as health bills can be very costly, and you may want to get your own health insurance plan if your company will not provide it.
If your company has not provided you with a full overview of the work permit process, how it begins and how it continues once you arrive on the island, please refer to our work permit section in our online Newbie here: http://bvinewbie.com/once-youre-in-bvi/
Depending on whether you’re working on one of the private islands, or on a main island, transportation is something to consider, as taxis can become very expensive. Getting around Tortola is much easier with your own vehicle. You will need to take a driving test once you’re here and get car insurance, in addition to finding an automobile. Automobiles are very easy to find. We have many helpful Facebook groups which are good resources to find items for sale. I recommend to start with the BVI Community Board; joining this page is also very helpful, as people in the community are always happy to respond to any questions you have or advice you need 🙂