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Expat Life: The Stories of Those Who've Left It All Behind - Part 3

03.08.2022 15:43 | The Worldcitizen Crew (Administrator)

We continue this series with the report of Fabienne Prétôt, Tourism Professional, from Basel, Switzerland:


The “land of wood and water” was my home for two years.

After being with the largest European tour operator for about two years, I finally got the call to go work for them in the Caribbean! And only a few months later, I found myself on a plane heading to the beautiful island of Jamaica! It has actually always been my goal to live and work in the Caribbean which is why I started with this job in the first place and so finally, the time had come to start my tropical adventure.

When I first arrived, the company provided me with a hotel room in a large RIU hotel on the northeast coast of Jamaica in a town called Ocho Rios (in English: eight rivers). I absolutely loved my stay in a superior guests room, enjoying all-inclusive drinks, food and one of the best beaches on the island
right in front of my balcony. However, the fact that I also worked in that hotel every day and my guests were also staying there has led me to persuade my supervisor to let me move into an apartment outside of the hotel area. The apartment was situated in a gated-community which
allowed me to connect to some other expats living and working in Jamaica.

I was working as a representative for TUI, meaning that I was responsible for looking after the guests during their stay in Jamaica. This included welcoming them at the airport when they arrived, holding the information meetings in the hotels, providing information about the destination, consulting the guests on things to do such as excursions and of course also handling complaints. In turn, I got to spend two amazing years living in paradise.

Jamaica is the third-largest island in the Caribbean after Cuba and the Dominican Republic and the official language spoken is English. However, the locals usually communicate in their own dialect called Patois, which is a secret language developed by the slaves in 1600’s mixing English, Afrikaans, French, Spanish and Creole. Jamaica really has so much to offer. Not only is there great music, delicious food and a beautiful nature with spectacular beaches, waterfalls, jungles, rivers and mountains, but the Jamaican culture and people are just as fascinating. So, for anyone who has never been to Jamaica, it’s definitely worth a visit.

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