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spanglish



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 2:51 pm    Post subject: How is Libya these days? Reply with quote

What kind of salary should be expected given cost of living and inconveniences? What's quality of life in Tripoli like? How have things been in the last few months?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2012 11:31 am    Post subject: Libya is alive and well. Reply with quote

Libya's fine and if you get to Trip you'll make a killing freelancing. I returned at the end of April but it's a direct hire oil gig...same one I was on before the war of liberation.

This country has a bright future as the Libs know what they want and don't want.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2012 4:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good to hear, I should be there soon, looking forward to it.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2012 8:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can you enter Libya and stay without a visa in order to freelance? What is the rate you can charge, how much is housing, etc.?
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2012 3:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tourist visas were recently suspended with no reason given according to Tripoli's English language newspaper.

Housing appears to cost in the $1500-$5000/month range.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2012 11:42 pm    Post subject: Re: Libya is alive and well. Reply with quote

sharter wrote:
Libya's fine and if you get to Trip you'll make a killing freelancing. I returned at the end of April but it's a direct hire oil gig...same one I was on before the war of liberation.

This country has a bright future as the Libs know what they want and don't want.


How much can you get per hour tutoring?
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spanglish



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 4:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've heard about $40 USD/hour, which isn't great considering many of my co-workers in Bogota charged that as a minimum for privates.
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Mr. English



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2012 2:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If housing runs $1500 to $5000 a month, $40 an hour is either close to un-doable or flat-out completely un-doable. I would love to work in Africa, but here in Guangzhou I average about $32 per hour private tutoring and pay just over $600 a month rent, this in a fairly high-rent district. How do people, aside from government officials and oil company executives, afford this city? Hardly seems that one could "make a killing" freelancing here.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2012 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Exactly. Jobs pay for housing and tutoring would be to supplement your income.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 7:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Certainly Libya could have a bright future - but local friends in Tripoli tell me that there is random gunfire most nights.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2012 1:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I heard from someone with good qualifications getting 2000 sterling a month. No big deal !
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2012 4:17 pm    Post subject: erm Reply with quote

We make a lot more than that Scott....a lot and a payrise is in the pipeline. Peter, the gunfire is often weddings and people arsing about. I'm not saying there is no risk but it's not crazy. Of course bandits are taking advantage of the fact that there are no police and that's to be expected. We're in the middle of nowhere and see none of it. I've been beaching it in the Med a lot this trip.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2012 10:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very interesting comments. I'm looking forward to being on the ground there and seeing what the situation is like.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2012 8:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I do not doubt the word of my learned colleague Sharter. However my contact IS working in Libya for two thousand sterling a month.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2012 2:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm in Tripoli now and quite like it so far (give me a few months though before I give a real opinion). I'm not making much money at all for the country but am satisfied so far with the renumeration package and how my employer has treated me.
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