Let the adventure begin... - Island Teacher

Let the adventure begin...

Where do I even start? As some may know, E began casually searching for new job opportunities about 4 months ago. He's had several interviews, several talks with places, but nothing had really panned out...until NOW. He decided to go out on a limb and apply for the job that neither one of us actually thought he would get. He has been at his current job (well, same company) for almost 6 years. He has known for awhile that it was time for a change. We had pretty much decided we were staying put until the school year began and ended. I had just accepted a position about a month ago teaching ESL at a university and we had enrolled AG in a new Montessori school that we are super excited about. Then, an opportunity came along!  If you know us, you know that we are always up for an adventure....I mean, we decided 5 years ago to buy property and build a beach house in Peru, that's not exactly "normal". So, you can probably guess by the title of the blog where we are heading! E has accepted a job in Grand Cayman. I have decided to start a blog because I have found myself searching for and reading lots of websites and blogs over the past month about moving to and living in the Cayman Islands. This will be an adventure for sure and I'm excited to share the process!  To answer a couple of questions from people we have told in "real life" about our adventure:

Q: When are you moving?
A: Not right away. The work permit approval process for E takes about 6-8 weeks. Even if we get all of the papers together this next week then he is still looking at October. The process is crazy...granted, not like trying to get a work permit for the US, but still lots of paperwork. We have to get medical exams for all of us, blood work and x-rays. We have to request E's college transcripts and make sure we have notarized copies of birth certificates and our marriage license.We also have to decide on a school on the island for AG because an acceptance letter from a private school has to accompany his work permit application...expat children are not allowed to use the public schools. I guess they want to make sure we have a plan. :)

Q: Um, what about your new job that you are supposed to start next week?
A: I am starting as planned! AG will start school as planned too. Actually, AG and I will probably stay in the US until the end of the semester (first week in December) to finalize everything here in the states. We will be moving in with my parents in the interim between E leaving and us leaving. This is an amazing opportunity for E and our family and I will put my dream job on hold for now. Plus I have a totally understanding, amazing boss who will allow me to teach for as much of, or as little of the semester as I need to. :)

Q: What about your stuff?
A: Nearly everything in the Cayman Islands is rented fully furnished and equipped. We will not need to take much except warm weather clothing. We don't have much furniture that we are attached to (most has been around since we were married 8 years ago), so we will be selling nearly everything...including CARS. If you are close by and in the market for furniture, household items, a Nissan Rogue or an Audi A4, please let us know!

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