If your goal is to stay in the Dominican Republic on a permanent basis you will likely be looking for some sort of work. Finding a job in the DR isn’t that easy to do. I’m not going to get into whether you need a work or business visa or not. The rules vary depending on which country you are coming from. The purpose of this post is just to help you think of ways to earn a little extra money to extend your stay.

Dominican Jobs

There are several problems with trying to get employment here in the DR. First, employers are required to hire Dominicans first, if there is a Dominican qualified for the job it will likely go to him (her). Second, Dominicans will work for very little money $2.00 – $3.00 USD per hour is considered good money here.

If you are a native English speaker you can likely find some work with one of the schools, in particular one of the private schools. I know several people that have also been able to make some extra money doing private tutoring. Frequently the “English” teachers in the schools know very little English, (more…)

It’s interesting to watch how the American culture is coming into the Dominican Republic. My work at times takes me into some of the social networks like Twitter and Facebook, where today I stumbled on a Twitter trend clamoring for Justin Bieber to extend his Believe Tour to the Dominican Republic.

The point I actually found interesting is how just a few years ago the internet barely existed in the DR. Now it has become deeply rooted in the country with kids being able to access the internet even from deep within the campos (small rural towns). The fan club has been trying to get signatures for their internet petition to convince the pop star to come to the Dominican Republic. Judging from the over 14,000 likes the Justin Bieber Dominican Republic “official” fan club has it is safe to say that the internet is now playing an important role in the lives of many youths here. There is even a “Believe Tour to the Dominican Republic” twitter trend that is reaching the top trends for the Dominican Republic. (more…)

Wind Telecom is one of the newer providers of telecommunication services in the Dominican Republic. Wind provides some of the fastest high speed internet in the DR at some of the lowest prices. Wind telecom started in Santo Domingo and is at this time limited to only a few of the largest cities, although they are expanding rapidly to cover more area. I have several friends that are fortunate enough to have Wind in their area. Wind provides much faster high speed internet than Claro at a considerably lower price.

Wind 4G coverage is currently available in Santiago, Moca, La Romana, San Cristo, San Francisco de Macoris and in several barrios in Santo Domingo Hato Nuevo, Bayona, Cuidad Agraria, and Los Alcarrizos. Wind is working on moving into La Vega. (more…)

Orange Dominicana has announced that is has launched the first 4G LTE network in the Dominican Republic.

Twelve years after having provided the DR with the first GSM network, Orange today announced the arrival of the first 4G LTE network in the Dominican Republic. “We are especially proud to announce that our country becomes one of the first in Latin America and the entire France Telecom Group to have deployed the 4G LTE. We will be sharing all the details at a press conference on Monday, July 9, “said Mr. Valcárcel.

“Soon to be available in Santo Domingo, (more…)

OK, this one probably isn’t for everyone. However if you are living in the DR with your family it might be an idea. Connect a projector to your computer when you are trying to do group (family) conferencing with Skype.

My family uses laptops with relativity smaller screens. At times when we Skype family or friends back home we find ourselves crowding in front of a laptop trying to get everyone in front of the camera and at an angle where we can all see the screen. Not a big deal for a few minutes but can get a little tiring after a while. That is where a projector comes in.

Many projectors can easily be connected to a laptop computer making it so you can project whatever is on the computer screen onto a wall, that means large high resolution video games, movies, and of course Skype conversations. (more…)

Claro Dominican Republic offers the choice of two different routers with their internet service. The ZTE MF29 is a small desktop style router and the ZTE MF30 is a portable mobile hotspot router that can be powered by its internal battery or a power adaptor. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, so, which one do you choose?

First, both offer the latest Wi-Fi security. Make sure with if you are using either one you turn this security on. If you don’t you run the risk of someone else connecting to the internet with your internet service and using up your band width, or worse, (more…)

Claro usb modem

Claro usb Modem

When I first got in to the country I spent hours at the Claro Office trying to get the internet working properly in the area I live. While I am very familiar with the internet services in the US, trying to understand what was offered in the Dominican Republic wasn’t always easy. It didn’t help that, although I was in the main Claro office in La Vega, most of the people behind the counter didn’t understand their services either. That was three years ago and I would assume they have gotten a little better, but to get you started I’ll outline the basic services offered and the prices I know. Although the prices are subject to change this should at least give you an idea of the cost.

Internet comes in two basic forms in the DR, wireless (using the cell towers) and hardwired. You can get either of these in a prepaid payment plan or postpaid (like what most of the plans in the US).

Mobile Wireless Internet

This is one of the more convenient internet options (even for long term visitors) and the only one that makes sense if you are only staying here for a couple weeks to a few months. This plan works off the Claro Cell towers and requires the use of a USB modem that is provided by Claro. The modem comes free with the postpaid plans and is free with some of the longer term prepaid plans. (more…)

Magic Jack is one of the cheapest ways to make calls from the Dominican Republic to the United States. Well, at least if you don’t count the need to have a computer and a relatively good internet connection. There are a few details that are worth considering. These are the top questions that our readers have asked us here at DR-DominicanRepubilic.com about using Magic Jack in the Dominican Republic.

MagicJack FAQ

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The New Apple iPad will be hitting the markets in the Dominican Republic on Friday April 20, 2012. Here is a list of some of the main features:

Third generation Apple iPad 3

Apple iPad 3

  • New Retina™ display (4 times more pixels than the iPad 2)
    The Retina display on the new iPad features a 2048-by-1536 resolution, 44 percent greater color saturation, and an astounding 3.1 million pixels — in the same 9.7-inch space.
  • A5X chip with quad-core graphics
  • 5 megapixel iSight® camera with advanced optics for capturing amazing photos and 1080p HD video
    ƒ/2.4 aperture and a five-element lens with built-in face detection that automatically balances focus and exposure across up to 10 faces,
  • All-day 10 hour battery life
  • Amazingly thin and light

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Apple iPhone 4S

Apple iPhone 4S available in the DR

Good and bad news for Dominican Republic iPhone users! The Good News? Apple has announced that it will be making the new iPhone 4S available in the Dominican Republic as an “unlocked” version. Bad News? As expected not all features will be available in the DR. While both Orange and Claro will have the unlocked version available to their customers they will both have different features available.

According to Apple, for Claro the 4S iPhone will be locked to the carrier, have access to MMS and Claro hotspots in the Dominican Republic but will not offer authorized unlocking or visual voicemail. Orange includes the feature of having authorized unlocking but likewise will not offer the “Visual Voicemail” service.

Some of the more interesting features of the new iPhone 4S includes: (more…)

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