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Belgrade, Serbia
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Moving to T&T

Hi,

I am considering accepting a position in Trinidad. I will work in sport as a coach. Will you please be so kind and inform me about:

1. Average salary in T&T, for example in education - teachers, government job - police officer, doctor - specialist

2. Cost of living for single mid age man - weekly: food, gasoline, phone bill, dining out

3. How much is sport represented in normal life of people?

I was trying to find some informations, but i couldn't.

Thank you all in advance

Best regards

Brandon, Florida
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I'm out of touch with the salaries of the various professions, having left 30 years ago. But read this Trinidad online newspaper and perhaps it will give you some of your answers. The link below has links to three of the most popular newspapers in addition to being a local online news website :

www.trinidadandtobabonews.com

Will you be coaching in a specific sport and at what level?

Brandon, Florida
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The link should have been:

www.trinidadandtobagonews.com

Brandon, Florida
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To answer your Q3, the main sports are cricket, soccer, athletics, and to a much lesser extent, swimming and water polo.

As with the rest of the world, I know my relatives there say cost of living keeps going up and up. However gasoline is cheap by European standards. The traffic in and around the capital, Port Of Spain, is horrendous.

Trinidad
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Hi MilanT,

Let me say congrats on your job offer. The Average salary for teachers ranges depending on lots of things such as whether you have degrees, Masters, or certificates in your area or specialty; your number of years experience, etc. Doctors or specilaists are usually the highest paid in private practice. I am guestimating but the salaries for teachers range from $6000TTD per month to I believe $10,000TTD per month. Police officers at their most basic I think get about $6000TTD per month as well but they do have great allowances and perks that tend to add up nicely. Same applies usually for all government jobs (I''ve been working with the government for the past 8 years as an attorney. My first salary fresh out of law School as a Prosecutor was $5000TTD per month! Thankfully it's gone up significantly since then - but so has my years of experience and my workload!)

Cost of living is admittedly a little high. If you don't have to pay any rent well then you're saving already as rent is high depending on where you wish to be located - it can run you anywhere from $1200TTD per month to $1200 USD per month - that's right I said USD. Food prices are again admittedly high but if you're not extravagant and stick to the basics you may be able to spend about $600-$800 TTD in groceries monthly. I drive an SX4 and gas costs me about $160 TTD per week to fill up. Gas is at a fixed price here of $4 TTD per Litre. Mobile phone bills depending on what plan you accept can run you anywhere from $100 to $500 TTD or more - or you can go prepaid and buy a card for whatever fixed denomination you want. Dining out gets pricey depending on where you go - we have the usual fast food places - KFC, BK, Popeye's, Subway. On average most expensive meal for one there may run you from $20TTD to about $45TTD. MOre pricey places like TGIF, Ruby TUesday's and some other places here may cost you anywhere from $100TTD to $350TTD - again depending on what you order or drink. ONe thing I can tell you is that there is no shortage of places to get some nice, cheaper food. You need to try doubles - two bara or pita -like bread with curried chick peas in the centre - a Trinbagonian staple only costing $4TTD.

Sport is huge in T&T - but as the previous posters said - we love FOOTBALL (called soccer by Americans- why I do not know?) Our T&T team is currently in battle to qualify for the World Cup. ALso have cricket, swimming, athletics; we just wrapped up a cycling tournament last weekend; boxing; basketball. BUt admittedly - the two largest are football and cricket.

I hope this has helped. If you need any more info feel free to drop me a line.

San Fernando...
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Hi everyone!

Thanks for the info, I'm also moving to trinidad and I had the same questions.

Does anybody know where I can study english as second language in trinidad? I'll be in San Fernando.

Thanks

London, United...
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I've just come back from Trinidad and I found many things more expensive than in London - even food.

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