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Old Mar 14th 2018, 9:20 pm
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Hi,
I'm Victoria and I'm a newbie. My hubby really wants to move to Spain (Benidorm) I'm open to the idea but have so many questions......
We have 4 children (18,17,13 & 11) and 2 dogs.
Where are the best places to live for families? What is the schooling like?
Are jobs easy to come by (He's a chef, I'm in beauty)

Can anyone help with this through their experiences.

Thank you so much πŸ‘
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Old Mar 14th 2018, 9:34 pm
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Hi,
I'm Victoria and I'm a newbie. My hubby really wants to move to Spain (Benidorm) I'm open to the idea but have so many questions......
In that case tell him to call you when he is set up and earning well in Spain.

We have 4 children (18,17,13 & 11) and 2 dogs.
Where are the best places to live for families? What is the schooling like?
Not cheap as you will need to use an International School.

Are jobs easy to come by (He's a chef, I'm in beauty)
So that means bar work for him & maybe a job in one of the hairdressing places ? (at best)


Can anyone help with this through their experiences.

Thank you so much πŸ‘
Sorry to be negative but you did ask.
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Old Mar 14th 2018, 9:38 pm
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Sorry to be negative but you did ask.
Hi,
I would rather be realistic so your comments have been useful.
Thank you πŸ‘ xx
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Generally speaking, putting children into a Spanish school much after the age of ten if they aren't already fluent in Spanish, is going to set them back at least a year, and may permanently damage their potential to do well at school.

No doubt someone will be along to tell us about how their teenager(s) thrived on the challenge of becoming fluent after being dumped into the Spanish school system with minimal Spanish, but the truth is that most teenagers will struggle to become fluent enough to do well at school if they are taken to a non-English-speaking country and placed in the local school system.
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Originally Posted by Mrstymo View Post
Hi,
I'm Victoria and I'm a newbie. My hubby really wants to move to Spain (Benidorm) I'm open to the idea but have so many questions......
We have 4 children (18,17,13 & 11) and 2 dogs.
Where are the best places to live for families? What is the schooling like?
Are jobs easy to come by (He's a chef, I'm in beauty)

Can anyone help with this through their experiences.

Thank you so much πŸ‘
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Old Mar 15th 2018, 4:43 am
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Originally Posted by Mrstymo View Post
Hi,
I'm Victoria and I'm a newbie. My hubby really wants to move to Spain (Benidorm) I'm open to the idea but have so many questions......
We have 4 children (18,17,13 & 11) and 2 dogs.
Where are the best places to live for families? What is the schooling like?
Are jobs easy to come by (He's a chef, I'm in beauty)

Can anyone help with this through their experiences.

Thank you so much πŸ‘
Hi Victoria (& Hubby),

I live in Benidorm and without going into to much detail I know you both will struggle to get decent employment here. I agree with the other posters comments about schooling etc.

Benidorm is a fantastic place to live if you don't need to work. I'm afraid Chefs are standing in a long line here waiting for work to come along. There are a lot of hairdressers here in Benny and you might get work but it will be low paid and long hours.

Don't forget that you and your hubby will need to arrange private healthcare for all the family and prove to the authorities that you have enough income so you will not become a burden on the state before you will get residencial status. There are loads of rules and regulations nowadays to follow to be fully legal in Spain and might be more difficult after Brexit.

Try an extended holiday here and do a lot of research into the jobs market.

If I can help you with any specific questions about Benidorm please ask.

Steve

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Old Mar 15th 2018, 8:03 am
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Originally Posted by Pulaski View Post
Generally speaking, putting children into a Spanish school much after the age of ten if they aren't already fluent in Spanish, is going to set them back at least a year, and may permanently damage their potential to do well at school.

No doubt someone will be along to tell us about how their teenager(s) thrived on the challenge of becoming fluent after being dumped into the Spanish school system with minimal Spanish, but the truth is that most teenagers will struggle to become fluent enough to do well at school if they are taken to a non-English-speaking country and placed in the local school system.
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On the France forum, the general consensus is that any child over 11 should go to an International School. A child of 10-11 would best do last year Primary before being thrown in at the deep end in Secondary, but even then, their level of Grammar and General Culture (Literature, History, Geography) would never reach that of their local peers and they'd always be behind, with probably little chance of getting the national Bac. An International School would allow them to get A-levels and go on to Uni if they wish.
In the present case, the two elder children could finish their schooling in the UK before the family moves, and the two younger ones would go to an International School. What, in fact, would the two elder ones do after their A-levels, and where?
Can't comment on the employment situation, I'm only commenting on the children's future prospects....
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As said, you could try going over all together for summer holiday weeks and see how you feel
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