For money and experiences, I suggest you go and come back after a while, say half a year or one year. $30/hr is really a higher rate in NF. I used to be there for half a year and that period of time was rewarding for starting the career in Canada. Both white and chinese people are nice in St. John's and quasi-chinese food is avaliable somewhere. Rent is around $450/month for 1bdrm apt. Pls feel free to send me emails should you have any questions. Good luck!