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zethum



Joined: 30 Jan 2008
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Location: South Africa

PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2008 7:41 am    Post subject: Job in Romania, Bucharest Reply with quote

Hello there

I have accepted a job in Romania at the company called Rodipet, could you tell me how big is the company and how successful is it doing. I have been offered USD 1000 for the 3 months, and there after it will be increased after I have passed the adaptation.

I'm from South Africa. Will I be able to fit in easily; and how is the housing set-up that they have arranged for me.

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zethum
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Mike_2007



Joined: 24 Apr 2007
Posts: 344
Location: Bucharest, Romania

PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2008 10:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi there,

I've heard of them before and I think they are a reasonably big company. As far as I remember they are some kind of courier firm.

Your question about fitting in is a little hard to answer without know more about you and what you're used to and what your expectations are. I don't consider Bucharest a difficult city to settle down in, especially if you are an English speaker. The Romanian language isn't too hard to pick up compared to other languages in the region, and while not a particularly beautiful city, you can find most things you'd want at a range of budgets.

Again, it's pretty hard to comment on the housing arrangement they have set up for you without your actually telling us what it is. If you tell us the location and the price (if not included) then we'll be able to give you an idea of what to expect.

All the best!
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zethum



Joined: 30 Jan 2008
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Location: South Africa

PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2008 10:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm a person who like working out (gym), a christain, who would going out now and then. I like hanging out with people. Unfortunately I dont have the name of the place where I will be living, but should it be a place where I'm not comfortable, especially if sharing. What is the place that you can recommend, fully furnished, which is cost effective.

I also have a daughter, which I'm wanting her to join me next year, she wants to study Sound Engineering; which university would you recommend; will it be possible for her to study in Bucharest while I'm on my work contract.

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Mike_2007



Joined: 24 Apr 2007
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Location: Bucharest, Romania

PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2008 10:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi again,

I'm not the best person to ask about gyms being a bit of a salad-dodger but I've seen plenty of them around the town, ranging from small affairs with a couple of machines in someone's converted living room going up to the expensive hotel gyms with expensive membership fees. I'm sure if you look around you'll find something that fits your needs/budget.

Rental prices are pretty steep in Bucharest. Youre salary translates into about 750 Euro. A reasonable one-bedroomed flat in a reasonable area will set you back at least 400 Euro these days. If the accommodation they provide is free and half-decent, then I think it'd be best to go with it.

It would certainly be possible for your daughter to study in Bucharest as there are a few universities here, both private and state, which regularly and freely accept foreign students. The prices are not too steep (from what I've heard) although the standard of education isn't considered to be the best. I'm not sure that you'd find a course as specialised as sound engineering though, but certainly electronic engineering would be a possibility. For that kind of course, though, she'd have to do a preparatory year in Romanian language.

Myk
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zethum



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2008 11:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Mike, much appreciated with the info. I'm sure the accommodation will be fine. Last question, any english churches in town, how safe is it to walk around in town, I've been to Brussels and Germany. It so lay back there, one can walk in town with no fear at 12 midnight. Is Bucharest also like that.

I will assume my duties in May/June, how will be the weather like?
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Mike_2007



Joined: 24 Apr 2007
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Location: Bucharest, Romania

PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2008 4:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi again,

There is an Anglican church in Bucharest and you can get all the info here:

http://www.resurrection.ro/

As for safety, well, it's not bad but you still have to be careful. The centre of town isn't really well-lit or busy in the evenings. Bucharest doesn't really have a 'downtown' area as such, with venues, bars, restaurants and clubs being spread out over the city. Walking down Magheru at night (that's the main street running north-south through the centre) you're most likely to encounter a few working girls, their respective pimps, perhaps a couple of beggers/homeless people and that sort of thing. Unirii Square at night is starting to get a little busier, but most people still bus/taxi/drive to their destination and back so the street life at night isn't as developed as in many other cities.

On the whole, though, there doesn't seem to be much trouble unless you are actively looking for it. It's probably safer than London, certainly safer than New York, but probably not quite as safe as Istanbul. Just take the usual precautions and it's fine. I've walked home alone many times and only once had some trouble.

As for the weather, May/June is probably pleasantly hot with temps getting into the 25 region, up to 30 in June. Not a bad time of year. July-September is extremely hot though, and the temp on street level can easily be 45-50 - far to hot for this pale-faced Brit...

Cheers,
Mike
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pinayeditor



Joined: 24 Apr 2008
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2008 5:10 pm    Post subject: Rodipet in Bucharest Reply with quote

Hi Zethum,
I was going to PM you but learned that I have to post at least one message before I can and so I wrote here instead. I was wondering: did your job at Rodipet in Bucharest ever pan out? I got an email from their HR person as well which got me, as anyone should, surfing for authenticity. I do hope you are in a good place, Rodipet or not.
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