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Posted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:01pm
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Myself and my family have been talking about moving to Spain for around 8-10 years but never made the move. I have an 11 year old son (12 in July) and we now want to move quickly but with no savings or assets we would need to find jobs straight away to go in to. Does anyone have any advice on the best way to do this for someone who is now desperate to move? Thanks 

271935

271935

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Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:33pm

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Posted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:33pm

This isn't going to come across as helpful so I apologise. Howeve, honesty is the best policy as a child is involved 

To come over without a firm plan or work is madness. There are few job opportunities over here, if you end up with something it will be low skill and very low pay. Even worse you have no cushion in terms of savings.

The schooling for your child will cost in the realm of 800e per month. The school would want a lump sum upfront so without savings or assets this will cause you problems.

A decent long term let and running a home will cost upwards of 1200e per month.

This is a huge gamble which probably won't pay off. Worse still it's the most important time in your child's education going into 2ary school. So if it goes belly up, you will have massively comprised his education.

kbrew2

Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:42pm

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Posted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:42pm

ClaireM81 wrote:

Myself and my family have been talking about moving to Spain for around 8-10 years but never made the move. I have an 11 year old son (12 in July) and we now want to move quickly but with no savings or assets we would need to find jobs straight away to go in to. Does anyone have any advice on the best way to do this for someone who is now desperate to move? Thanks 

Sorry to have to say this but the reply by 271 above is spot on, DONT DO IT 

Garry54

Tue Apr 17, 2018 12:40am

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Location: Cabo Roig

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Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 12:40am

271935 wrote:

This isn't going to come across as helpful so I apologise. Howeve, honesty is the best policy as a child is involved 

To come over without a firm plan or work is madness. There are few job opportunities over here, if you end up with something it will be low skill and very low pay. Even worse you have no cushion in terms of savings.

The schooling for your child will cost in the realm of 800e per month. The school would want a lump sum upfront so without savings or assets this will cause you problems.

A decent long term let and running a home will cost upwards of 1200e per month.

This is a huge gamble which probably won't pay off. Worse still it's the most important time in your child's education going into 2ary school. So if it goes belly up, you will have massively comprised his education.

Sorry to step in but my wife previously lived in the costa del sol and she didn't pay 800e per month that seems a bit much... is it a private school? 

 

Garry54

Tue Apr 17, 2018 1:02am

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Location: Cabo Roig

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Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 1:02am

kbrew2 wrote:

Sorry to have to say this but the reply by 271 above is spot on, DONT DO IT 

My wife our son who is now 21 and I also plan to move to the area hopefully soon and like you, we intend to work soon after we arrive in the country. We have both lived in Spain before and have both wanted to return for years but never had the opportunity to go. We are all prepared to do any jobs at all to get by and are aware of the low pay economy.

I hope that you don't give up on your dream but I would plan your move carefully so that you have a little bit of money to cover your initial outlay on rental setup and some breathing room to survive for a few months at least. On the upside as far as schools are concerned, have a look at the local international schools and subsidised fees etc and remember if you live further away from the coast rents are cheaper. 

I wish you all the best for the future       

271935

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Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:58am

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Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:58am

Garry54 wrote:

Sorry to step in but my wife previously lived in the costa del sol and she didn't pay 800e per month that seems a bit much... is it a private school? 

 

No its the standard monthly cost for international schools. 

Jon Annie

Tue Apr 17, 2018 8:28am

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Location: Alicante City

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Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 8:28am

He who dares wins !! 

We moved 8 months ago with our 10 year old son from the uk to Spain. 

We had no jobs and no savings. As we used all we had to buy a cheap house in need of massive renovation. 

Our son is now nearly fluent the Spanish state school (free) were great. He was the only English kid there. 

We also have managed to find odd jobs here and there. But nothing permanent....

Our living costs are €800 a month compared with £2500 in uk. 

The food the people weather and lifestyle is worth the move. 

However as mr 12921 stated. It is not easy and failure rate is high. 

So good luck 

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