Moving to the Ukraine

by Jerry
(Amarillo Texas)

I have been corresponding on the on-line dating sites, (UkraineDate, RussianCupid, and DreamSingles) to name a few, and spent a nominal amount of money buying tokens and credits to send messages back and forth to someone I am never going to meet. It took me quite a while to figure out on my own what you have described in 5 minutes on your site. I think there should a disclaimer on every one of these sites to read your blog before proceeding. LOL

I was really intrigued with your "Live in Ukraine" blog, and thought this could be a wonderful possibility for me. I started looking into some possibilities and would like your perspective on whether you think this could happen, or is this just my pipe dream.

I have a bachelors degree in Business, and I have lightly researched getting a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certificate which could lead to a job in Ukraine. This might create the opportunity to get a work visa, and stay in Kiev for an extended period, thus following your advice for dating Lovely ladies in person, instead of the internet.

Other than that I have absolutely no ties keeping me in the U.S, and I have enough pension income to live on without the teaching job. It is just the excuse to get the visa, and meet people once I am there.

What do you think?

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Feb 15, 2021
RE: Moving to the Ukraine
by: Bob (site owner/author)

Hi Jerry!

Again, apologies for the delay... I had a fairly serious health setback that kept me away from my pc for a few weeks!

Anyway, to be honest you sound like almost the perfect candidate for my "Live in Ukraine" concept... Some pension, no serious ties keeping you in the U.S., and a desire to open up your social life in ways you'll never get in the U.S.

I will tell you that teaching English *IS* an excellent pursuit that really can help expedite your social life - not just romantic (though that's certain part of it) - but also just general networking. It's a high-exposure job with lots of interpersonal elements.

The slight downside is that you can pretty easily max out at around $20/hour. If it's just supplemental income and not the primary reason you'd want to teach anyway, IT'S GREAT. Also remember, that you can rent a fairly posh place in the center of Kyiv for under $600-$700/month, all inclusive, which partly offsets the low pay problem.

As for the work visa... Yes, you can get a work visa by teaching English, IF you can find a school that will sponsor you for that, and this isn't as easy as you might think.

Getting the visa that leads to temporary residence (where you renew every 1-3 years and can come and go like a citizen) isn't that big a challenge.

There are 2-3 ways foreigners get legal temp residence, and when you're really ready to explore it I'll give you more detail and leads.

Anyway, hope that helps. Keep in touch!


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