My story - David Kay
I moved to Cayman from Cape Town, South Africa. While I absolutely love my home country, my wife and I felt that a little adventure abroad would do us a world of good.
Having spent an uncountable amount of time either in or on the ocean, and in nature growing up, moving to a tropical Island in the middle of the Caribbean seemed to suit us perfectly.
Before coming to Cayman I had spent the previous three and a half years working for another accounting firm in Cape Town after completing my studies, which were primarily through Stellenbosch University.
A friend, with whom I had studied, had been working with PwC Cayman for a few years and after a lengthy call of all the pro’s and con’s of the move and more specifically, working for PwC Cayman, my mind had been made up. Well that and the outstanding global reputation that PwC has.
Initially I had thought that the move to Cayman would be an extremely difficult process, but in reality, PwC took care of pretty much everything. Organising our work permits, initial accommodation and all the extras were taken care of. All that was really left for us to do was pack our bags and board the plane.
Fitting into life on the Island was also extremely easy. A large chunk of the residents on Cayman are young professionals, spending a few years on the island, trying to make the most of their experience. In a place like Grand Cayman, it is not difficult to meet people and especially build lifelong friendships with people from all over the world.
The work environment is always professional and despite what people might think, we do work hard here, but what we all are able to do in our time off - well that can’t really be beat!
Weekends are spent on white sandy beaches and crystal clear tropical water, scuba diving on some of the best reefs in the world, or sipping a drink watching the sun set on the perfect west facing Seven Mile Beach.
On top of that all, with so many different cultures coming together, there is a vast amount of different sporting activities to get involved in, and most of them you probably would not have experienced before. Yes, I still do love my weekly game of beach touch rugby, an extremely South African thing to do, but I’ve spent a season playing Gaelic Football, Ultimate Frisbee and a number of other sports not available back home.
And when the Island just begins to feel a bit too small, there are endless travel opportunities to take from this part of the world.
Already we have managed to spend a week in Cuba, travelled to Miami, taken two diving trips to our more secluded sister Islands and spent ten days sailing, exploring and diving the Galapagos Islands, with a stopover in Ecuador to round it all off.
On our list of trips for the next 12 months is New York, Washington DC, hiking in Peru, visiting the rain forests of Costa Rica, the blue mist peaks of Jamaica and a little trip to the lights of Las Vegas.
Moving to Grand Cayman and joining PwC has turned out to be everything my wife and I had hoped for and more. When it comes to having a balanced life, with the white sands between your toes and the salt of the Caribbean Sea drying on your skin, it doesn’t really get any better than Grand Cayman.