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Old 21.02.2011, 05:16
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Swiss/Australian bound for Ticino

Well, only 49 days to go until I leave all of this 'Australian stuff' behind and call myself Swiss again!
I have several things I would like to ask all of you, although none of it fits into any specific category other than this one.

Firstly, I have a Swiss passport, I speak barely any Italian and I don't have any university degrees at all. All I have is a place to live in a tiny Ticinese village, lots of administrative and customer service experience and the aforementioned little red passport.

What I'm wanting is to hear other people's experience, preferrably people in the same position as me (no Visa restrictions, no need for a live-in job etc). Careers I'm interested in pursuing are nannying, administration roles in the precious few English schools in Ticino, perhaps casual or contract work in Neuchatel or Geneva (I have family there also).

This is a very broad question, I know, but only because my plans are broad. I just want to get there, relax, see more of the country and then find myself something to do once I'm low on cash!

Another thought was something data entry based which I can do via correspondance, say through an Aussie or British employment agency. Does that sort of thing even exist??

Thanks for any and all input you guys can offer me!
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Ren
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Old 21.02.2011, 06:46
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Ciao from Mendrisio! First question: are you renting or does the house/flat somehow belong to you? The positive economic implications do make a difference...

Workwise - you could try to apply to teach english at the Migros School (www.scuola-club.ch). As far as the public schools are concerned I think the path is more difficult.

Keep in touch and welcome to Ticino!


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Re: Swiss/Australian bound for Ticino

Ciao and thanks for the reply!
My whole family live there, so the free accommodation is definitely going to help me!

I love the idea of teaching English. Do they prefer teachers to at least speak conversational Italian, do you know?

Thanks again!
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Old 21.02.2011, 09:31
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Ciao and thanks for the reply!
My whole family live there, so the free accommodation is definitely going to help me!

I love the idea of teaching English. Do they prefer teachers to at least speak conversational Italian, do you know?

Thanks again!
Having paid accomodation definitely helps here in CH - as you can see from the numerous threads re. cost of living in CH...

I do imagine that you would need some conversational knowledge of italian... What will you do if you're assigned a first level class with which you cannot interact?
Moreover - how are you supposed to contract your work conditions... check your work contract, etc...?

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Re: Swiss/Australian bound for Ticino

Just one extra post to skip #666

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Re: Swiss/Australian bound for Ticino

Hi renji

When you get here, reply to this and my Luganese wife and I would like to welcome you.

I am English, just married here last December, now learning (!!) italian and looking for work (

Speak soon

Kev and Conny
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Re: Swiss/Australian bound for Ticino

Hi renji. I lived in Australia 20 years. If you were born here don't you speak a swiss language-german french italian? The main thing I wanted to say is I fell flat on my face here looking for a job with my Aussie ways or attitudes if you like. Here its really quite different. You taught english to english I guess. You could do that here also. English to italian you'll have to get your family to start to ask around. English to italian conversation to those who speak some english with the help of a computer dictionary or ital eng dictionary if you get stuck.
Me, I would stay in Australia any day as its an easier system for me but I am sure you will get into life here pretty well. In my case was too slow. Remember the swiss are less open people compared to aussies. Its their nature and how they survived etc. For me was like a wall. So go for it mate - easy does it. have a go mate but keep yer hat on.
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