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Life and work in Maldives

Maldives as a country is as diverse as it is possible to be. It is enriched with 2000 islands, less than half a million population, people from multiple nationalities and hundreds of years of culture intermingling with the lives of the residents.

The difference between the city of Male and the islands are so huge, its kind of difficult to fathom. I've never been to any islands (other than Hulhumale and Villimale) so I don't know much about the life there. But if you are coming to any islands then you need to search for that specific island/resort.

And for Male, it is a small island which is the capital of Maldives. As like any other capital city of the world, it’s crowded, congested and expensive. Life might not be so instagrammy as you would have thought, but it definitely can be better!
May be you were searching for something like this and reached here in this page. If you are thinking of moving to Maldives these are things you need to know.

1.Finding jobs:
To search for jobs, and jobs-maldives are good ones. You can apply through other third party companies (agencies to be specific),  but always verify how authentic they are.

2. Work visa:
Your employer must apply for your visa and complete all the procedures. In no circumstance, you should enter with a tourist visa and start working here. Please note that sometimes the work visa can take some time, but you should always wait to get your papers until you start working.

3. Housing and accommodation:
Most employers provide a house rent allowance or their own accomodation. Either way, it is quite difficult to find an affordable apartment in Male (depending on amenities and location, one bedroom flats can easily cost 1000 usd, I myself used to live in one). And landlords are not always the eaiest persons easy to deal with. So, ask your employer beforehand about the living conditions and arrangements.

3. Food and grocery:
Grocery shopping here is nothing fancy. Supershops and minimarts are everywhere in Male. Basic milk, bread, egg, rice is easy to find, whereas vegetables and fruits, not so much (especially fresh ones).
And if you are on a particular type of diet, e.g. vegan, paleo, keto etc or want a particular brand then most probably you are out of your luck. There are some shops who sell organic produces but they are so out of my budget I don't even try to shop in there. So everything you'll eat will be genetically modified.
Tap water is not safe for drinking and people buy bottled waters.

Shops open at 8 am in the morning and closes at 12 pm at noon for prayer. They don't open until 2 pm and operate upto 6 pm. Then they close again and open around 8 pm (some open earlier) and keep open upto 10 pm while they close for the day. There may be some exceptions but most shops follow this Schedule.

4. Amenities and bills:
Home cooking is done with gas cylinders or induction cookers, whichever you fancy (or your landlord provides). Gas is quite cheap after you pay the initial line charge and cylinder cost.
Most apartments has Air-conditioning. As it is almost impossible to live without AC in here (another thing to confirm about the living condition), expect a hefty electricity bill.
Now-a-days the waste management company is collecting waste and garbage from every house with less than 10 USD per month so you won't have worry about garbage disposal anymore. But people are not so keen on recycling.

5. Banks and currency:
Among the few banks, Bank of Maldives has more benefits (more ATM booths are available etc). See if your employer can give you salary in USD,  otherwise you have to take the MVR and change it to USD which is always a hassle.

6. Life with Children:
Children's schools are of int. Standard's and day-cares are also available. I am not so sure about the costs as I don’t have Children myself. But expect it to be like any other cities.

This is a summary which would help you to calculate your pros and cons of coming to Maldives. Also the cost benefit ratio is an important thing to keep in mind. However, this is all about work, then where's the time to play?
That's also coming soon. Keep reading!

This post first appeared on Girl Into Adulthood, please read the originial post: here

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