Antigua & Barbuda

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Lifestyle

Lifestyle
The beautiful twin island nation of Antigua and Barbuda is located in the Eastern Caribbean Sea. These islands deliver the ultimate in tropical paradise living. Many expats who love the sea and water sports have made Antigua and Barbuda their home. Many expats either live on the islands year round or stay only for the summer/winter season…Read more
Antigua and Barbuda (Spanish for “Ancient” and “Bearded”) is an island nation that is between the eastern Caribbean and the Atlantic Ocean. Those are the two main islands, but the territory incorporates several smaller islands. The islands have a population of about 82,000. The ethnic make-up includes West African, British and Portuguese descents. The official language is English, and the capital and largest city is Saint John’s. The government is within a framework of a federal parliamentary representative democracy; the Head of State is officially a monarch. It has a tiny army, and its main source of economic activity is tourism. Most of the inhabitants are Christians. The culture of the islands is largely British and American influenced. The islands have a high literacy level of 90%…Read more
The security risk for expatriates in Antigua and Barbuda is low. Risks include petty street crime, and to a lesser extent violent crime and armed assault, particularly when walking alone at night in urban areas. St Johns has a higher crime rate than the rest of Antigua and Barbuda. Other risks include hurricanes and tropical storms…Read more   
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Cost of Living

Cost of living

Antigua is not a cheap place to live, but there are ways to avoid some of the higher cost items that will increase your monthly spending. Eating out is quite reasonably priced depending upon the type of food you want and the location of the restaurant. The cost of groceries varies, depending on whether or not the item has been imported into the country. By buying locally produced items you can reduce your grocery bill by quite a bit.

Transportation can be an expensive monthly expenditure, depending on whether or not you use taxis or buses. Taxis are obviously more expensive, though they are more reliable than buses, and generally much safer. Many people choose to get around on bikes, helping to cut down on travel expenses.

Renting and buying property can prove to be fairly expensive and this is due to the desirable location. Most property rentals are geared up for tourists on short term lets and landlords are reluctant to reduce costs too much for those who wish to stay long term. Finding reasonably priced furniture and household appliances can be tricky as these are all imported into the country, so the consumer is paying for importation costs.

Utilities can be expensive, though if you are renting a property some are included with the rent. Most landlords will pay water costs up to a certain amount. If a property has gas appliances then most properties will have gas tanks that need to be filled so the cost of this should be factored into expenditure. Electricity costs are much higher than they are in the US or the UK, though the cost of running a telephone or having internet access at home can be much more reasonable.  Read More…

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Climate

Climate
The Antiguan climate is usually dry and warm year round. Being tropical it has a rainy season between June and November with daily showers and frequent storms.  The island temperatures range from 22 degrees to 40 degrees celsius throughout the year. The hottest period of the year is from October to January with temperatures between 30 and 35 degrees. Read more… 

Visa Restrictions

Visa Restrictions

All jobs in Antigua should be filled from the local labour market, If this cannot be achieved companies may employ from overseas. This makes the Visa process more complex as the school will need to show they have satisfied this requirement. Once you have obtain a position the school will start the process of applying for your Visa.

For more information and to keep informed of ongoing changes to the regulations please visit the Antigua and Barbuda Department of Immigration Website.

Safety and Security

Safety and Security

The political and security status of countries around the world are constantly changing, to keep up with the current situation in any country please monitor the relevant Government websites and international news. The links below also provide useful indicators for prospective travelers:

The UK Foreign Office        US State Department         BBC World News         Al Jazeera         Antigua Observer

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