Dominica: The coronavirus changed the way people operated their lives and businesses. Things have changed so much that now regular tourism seems a delusion to many countries and people. It has become eminent to look for many artistic options to bring back the sector to the booming industry it once was.
Opting for such extraordinary options, the Tourism Minister of Dominica, Ms Denise Charles, has come up with an idea to allow foreigners to work remotely from Dominica.
Tourism Minister Charles launched an exceptional programme named “Work in Nature Programme” that allow foreigners to work remotely from Dominica. The programme enables the applicants to bring in their families and live peaceful, exotic natural life on the “nature island” while their home-countries are under lockdowns.
The newly launched WIN programme is expected to make a big turn in the tourism sector of Dominica. As the coronavirus created numerous hurdles, people like Parl Rep Denise Charles are coming up to the expectations of their electors and making a difference to the sector they represent.
As per the Minister of Tourism Denise Charles, the idea is to connect more people with nature and breathe in the fresh air that is currently impossible in the home-countries of the applicants.
Dominica is also the safest place to be right now, as the country have less than 14 active cases of coronavirus with no-deaths.
COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown have brought about a sense of fear and anxiety around the globe. These circumstances have led to short-term and long-term psychosocial and mental health implications for children and adolescents.
What is Work in Nature Programme?
Work in Nature (WIN) programme allows visitors to relocate to the beautiful island of Dominica for a period of up to 18 months to work remotely and live around the natural beauty of the island.
As the world is still facing travel restrictions, tourism-driven nations, particularly in the Caribbean, are creating new ways of attracting visitors who are under the stress of having to work from small spaces with no liberty to go outside.
Who can grab this golden opportunity?
As per the Tourism Minister of Dominica, families and individuals who are atleast 18 years of age and are of good character, without a criminal record, can take benefits of this programme.
Also, They can expect to earn an income of US$50,000 or more over the next 12 months and/or have the means to support themselves, their spouse/partner, and their other family members accompanying them during their stay in Dominica.
“Aspirants must make a non-refundable application fee of $100 while the visa itself is $800 for single applicants and $1,200 for families, ” Said Dominican government.
Benefits of this programme :
Minister of Tourism of Dominica stated that under this facility, Government would provide reliable internet and health care facilities.
She further noted that all visitors would have access to the vaccination programme.
As per some findings during this pandemic, school-going children and kids affected the worst, as their schools have been shut down for last one year & their classes are going through virtually.
Minister of Tourism stated that school going students under this programmme could attend their classes virtually in the lapel of nature.
Recognized as the “Nature Isle of the Caribbean,” Dominica mountainous terrain and abundance of rivers and lakes make it the ideal destination to rejuvenate, relax and refocus.
The safeguard and preservation of the environment is part of Dominica’s ethos. Following the disastrous impact of Hurricane Maria, Dominica pledged that it would become the world’s first climate-resilient nation.
Personal experiences of beneficiaries :
Hassan Sims, a data analytics manager in Washington DC (US)& his wife, Kathy Sims, an HR manager in shared his own experiences of this programme.
Mr Sims said, ” one of the reasons behind choosing Dominica as my roots belongs to this beautiful Island & we loves to travel around the Caribbean.”
He added, ” We feel very safe here in Dominica, and we experienced as if we immersed in nature .”
Notably, as per United Nations, Dominica is one of the safest tourist countries in the world.
Also, Moving ahead to keep the environment, the island nation banned its completely common plastics and single-use Styrofoam cups and food containers & it is effective since January 2019.
Kathy Sims sharing her experiences of WIN programme, stated that they never felt any internet issues & finished their all working projects from this beautiful island with more affection and efficiency.
“We have multiple devices which attached with internet & we never felt any internet issues, our kids attended their classes very nicely.” Keith noted.
“As during the COVID pandemic, one of our measure concerns was protocols, but when we arrived there, it was too smooth & quick.” Mr Sims added.
Sims family are in Dominica since September & they noted that during the last six months, they visited various river places, waterfalls ” Everyone must visit Victoria falls “, Mr Sims said.
” Food is very exceptional; everything is very fresh”, He noted.
In this exhaustive time , Dominica seems to be a ray of hope for freshness .