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About to move. Or not.

Hi EF.

I've been offered a job in Zurich (actually in SZ), a job I like, and my wife and I are trying to decide whether to move the family over, so we're not officially expats yet - but the odds seem good, so I wanted to get involved in EF and see what's what.

I'm an economist and commodities trader; my wife may work, but has no current plans to do so upon arrival. We have three young children, girls aged 11, 9, and 6 (as of the pending move). None of us speaks a word of German (yet). We very much like the idea of living in Europe. We know and are depressed about what it will mean for friends and family; we know and are depressed about the hassle factor of moving overseas (we've done it once before); and we're deeply concerned about traumatizing the littles.

In summary, we're alternately enthralled by this beautiful and fascinating opportunity; and scared sh*tless by its many implications.

So, hi!
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Re: About to move. Or not.

Hi, welcome.

About the kids: We have 4 and moved them around, The oldest 2 when they were 6 and 3 to the US from the Netherlands, they didn't speak English and did very well within weeks of school. Later we moved 4 of them, then aged 11,8,5 and 1 years old to the Netherlands, the 5 year old could only understand Dutch, and again did fine after a few weeks of school. Recently we moved them here, age 13,10,6 and 2. They don't speak German yet, are in International school. They are doing again very well, no behavior problems and of course they miss friends and family but already are starting to make new friends.

Not all kids are alike so I can't speak in general but we found that our kids adapt very well and learning so much by experiencing different countries and cultures. I am sure there are downsides with having to leave your friends behind for some, and maybe come in the future, but so far we have not seen major affects on our troop...

Good luck with your decision.
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Re: About to move. Or not.

It's a big step but the ages of your kids is perfect for the adjustment. If you are going to live here for several years I recommend looking into putting them in Swiss public schools. Of course, it will be quite an adjustment and difficult at first but it is amazing how quickly kids integrate and pick up the language. What an experience you can offer them! I wish you all the best with your decision making.
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I can't "thank" you yet, so I'm doing so here - THANKS! Hearing about common experiences is so incredibly helpful - 99% of our friends and families never move and think we're insane to have done it so much, but we think our family on balance benefits (not everywhere/everything, but on balance given the alternatives...)

Anyway, thanks.
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As I can't "thank" your post, thanks anyway!
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