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Hi there, my husband has had a job offer to wrok in MIlan and we are considering moving to Lugano in September. We have 2 chilkdren age 4 and 6 and 6 cats!!

I work in Engalknd as an adult psychotherapist and a Child Behaviour Therapist , My work keeps me busy and I have done some media and high profile work in the field of being a counsellor.
My worry is that due to only speaking English there may not be enough work for me out there and i will get bored! Does anyone think that offering a counseling service would work and how would I advertise please?

Also are there any Good English speaking schools for the children?

Can anyone send me some links about where to contact property rental people please

Hey guys thanks ever so much!

We are very excited but also terrified !!!
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Re: British Family Moving To Lugano

hello there....welcome to lugano...lived in Lugano for 5 years and know the area quite well...
now about good english schools for the little ones....there's the international school aka american school in lugano...you can check it out if you want....

http://switzerland.tasis.com/pages/s...cfm?page=58963

the population that speaks english in lugano is quite small...the official language of the canton is italian...most of the population would speak at least one other national language either german or french but english is going to be tough....since it is considered a foreign language and is not the first priority.

Working as a counsellor in english is going to be difficult because of the language barrier. In this case I would strongly advise you to learn italian.
The only primarily english speaking instutions that I know in lugano: the american school and the Franklin college which is also american. They look for personnel from time to time so why not give it a try too....

If you want more information about lugano just let me know. will be glad to help....
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Re: British Family Moving To Lugano

Thanks this is very helpful and kind of you to help me -- we have been in touch with the Tassis school and will hopefully send the children there but boy the fees are high !!!

Would you mind if I ask you some more question please -

We are coming over in a few weeks to try and look at rental properties - do you know any contacts we could get in touch with prior to coming so we may email to make appointment
Are you English ?? What made you move just being curious - we really want to come but am getting quite anxious about having to do all those things like finding somewhere to live etc
A million thanks
Caroline
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Re: British Family Moving To Lugano

Caroline-

Here is something else you might be interested in knowing about...

Living in TICINO
The highly anticipated, new and expanded edition of "Living in Ticino"
was unveiled at the June meeting. This is a “must have” booklet for
all AWOT members – 160 pages of advice and listings regarding everything from education, legal issues, and doctors to hairdressers, restaurants,
and taxes. Price is 30 CHF plus shipping and handling. Copies will also
be available at the monthly meetings (thereby saving yourself the cost
of shipping and handling). http://www.awot.ch

Also these 2 discussion groups...

For those living in or moving to TICINO:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Expats-in-Ticino
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Expat-...no-Switzerland

Good luck with your research and HTH!
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this is brilliant!!! I will buy it thanks a million
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p.s am I being a bit thick or is Ticono the area ????
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Re: British Family Moving To Lugano

Ticino is the canton where Lugano is. For example, I live in Langnau am Albis in the canton of Zuerich.

I've just sent you a private message back that you will need to contact the club itself to purchase the book.
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Re: British Family Moving To Lugano

hello Tubbies Mommy,

Living in Lugano is great! The schools are also great, and I would not limit myself to only worrying about finding English speaking schools. There really is only one, and it is full of rich foreign children who do not tend to integrate well into the local society.

My children are all native English speakers, and they have been going to school in all-Italian classes, and are doing just fine. Both kids have an Italian tutor come by occasionally, which is paid for by the schools. They don't speak Italian yet, but are getting pretty close after 6 months. I tested my 6 year old, and he already knows 40 out of the 50 most essential Italian verbs! This was all picked up by himself in situational settings only - I unfortunately don't have the time to teach him my incorrect and error-filled Italian at home.

As far as renting is concerned - I'm sure you have heard of homegate.ch. That is where you will find most available housing. There are far more apartments available than houses. A local copy of Cerca E Trova wouldn't hurt either. It, too is available online as well: cercaetrova.ch.

I know of one or two British families in the area as well, so you won't be too alone.

Good luck! It is very stressful to move to another country, but once you get past the first month, it starts to feel normal, and you can begin to appreciate living in a wonderful place (what I like to call "the best parts of Italy").
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Re: British Family Moving To Lugano

Dude - this question is 18 months old. I think the matter is closed for Tubbies-Mummy

Good link to the Search & Find site - do you want to put it in here: http://www.englishforum.ch/adverts-h...partments.html
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Re: British Family Moving To Lugano

Ha!

it does help to read the post-dates, now doesn't it? sorry about that. just trying to get involved!
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it does help to read the post-dates, now doesn't it? sorry about that. just trying to get involved!
it's alright - if you see someone living with their family in a cardboard box on the corner of Piazza Dante, you'll know who it might be
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Re: British Family Moving To Lugano

Unfortunately, the link in this post is broken. The correct address for the TASIS website is www.tasis.ch

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hello there....welcome to lugano...lived in Lugano for 5 years and know the area quite well...
now about good english schools for the little ones....there's the international school aka american school in lugano...you can check it out if you want....

http://switzerland.tasis.com/pages/s...cfm?page=58963

the population that speaks english in lugano is quite small...the official language of the canton is italian...most of the population would speak at least one other national language either german or french but english is going to be tough....since it is considered a foreign language and is not the first priority.

Working as a counsellor in english is going to be difficult because of the language barrier. In this case I would strongly advise you to learn italian.
The only primarily english speaking instutions that I know in lugano: the american school and the Franklin college which is also american. They look for personnel from time to time so why not give it a try too....

If you want more information about lugano just let me know. will be glad to help....
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Well, that's not surprising after 7 years, websites change all the time.

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Re: British Family Moving To Lugano

Wow yes this is ( or was ) a very old thread ! We have lived in Lugano for 8 years now.
Interesting to read it again though and do remember all that apprehension of moving to a foreign country .
This forum was a life saver in those early days and still is a great resource.
I now run the Expat Lugano Facebook Group by the way in case there are any Newbies needing a closer to home network.
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