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Black Expat: 'I Feel Much Safer Here In The Dominican Republic Than I Do In The US'
39-year-old Tammy Washington de Sencion is originally from South Carolina. Prior to moving to the Dominican Republic, she had been living in Atlanta for 2 years.
“I was a corporate trainer specializing in leadership development. My life was great in the US. I had a great job, a church I loved, and I was very close to family and friends,” Washington told Travel Noire.
Besides her family, friends and career, traveling has always been another passion.
“I loved traveling. I mostly traveled within the States but had visited Jamaica, The Bahamas, Mexico, and Canada. I recently visited Dubai for the first time.”
However, it was her trip to the Dominican Republic that led to become an expat.
“I went on vacation to the Dominican Republic for the first time in 2019 for my birthday. I decided to go on a party boat with my sister and cousin. There was a photographer on the boat. He flirted with me and offered to take us off the resort to have fun. Long story short, he’s now my husband. During our long-distance dating relationship, we realized that one of us had to move. It was easier for me to move to the Dominican Republic, so I made a decision to try island life,” Washington said.
Initially, she was going to try it for only 3 months. But now she has embraced this tiny Caribbean country as her new home.
“The Dominican Republic is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. The crystal blue waters, beautiful white sand beaches, and perfect weather will make you never want to leave. I love that I feel much safer than I do in the US. I never fear being stopped by the cops. Generally, the people here are very warm and kind. I also love how free children are here. It’s coming to see kids roaming around having fun, by themselves. It reminds me of when I was a child.”
Tammy currently lives in Punta Cana, where she is surrounded by lots of American and Canadian expats.
“This helped me to create great relationships. Also, Facebook groups helped me to meet more African American expats that helped me to build relationships with the other ladies and others in the area. I loved living in Punta Cana, and then he proposed – which made it a permanent move,” she said.
For her, the ‘tranquilo’ lifestyle has helped her to see life differently, and it’s less stressful. However, there are some cultural differences.
“Everyone in DR is very relaxed, which has helped me a lot, but it can be very frustrating when you are used to things happening quickly. This shows up in many ways including customer service which generally takes longer and often is lacking,” Washington said, adding that her lack of Spanish is another challenging aspect of her new life in the Dominican Republic.
“I’m currently working on it.”
Washington explained that when she decided to move there, she had to find a way to make income online.
“I had no desire to teach or work for the government, which seemed to be the most popular options for expats. I had a friend who had lived abroad, and she told me she learned the skill of trading in the markets. She also joined a Network Marketing Business that gave her residual income. So I did some research and signed up for a trading academy that taught the skill.”
Within one month she started profiting and then partnered with the trading academy on helping other students learn as well.
“I used my profits and residual income to pay down debt so that I could lower my expenses when I moved abroad. Since learning, I expanded my skill sets from trading in the Foreign Exchange markets to understanding and profiting from cryptocurrency.”
Washington revealed that she has built a global team of investors who are learning the skills of trading, investing, the metaverse, NTFs, e-commerce, sales, and more.
“I am so proud of the successes of my investment team members.”
She said that most of her clients live in the United States and are simply looking for ways to grow their income, so they can travel more, spend more time with family, and create financial freedom.
“I hope more expats look into investing and residual income as a way to finance their life abroad”.
You can follow Tammy Washington’s Instagram page here.