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Moving with family to from Canada to Lausanne in July

Hello everyone,
we are moving from Canada to Lausanne this summer and are starting to look into school system and neighbourhoods to live in. I am looking forward to meet other families in Lausanne.
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Welcome and good luck.
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Re: Moving with family to from Canada to Lausanne in July

Hi and welcome, we moved to Switzerland from Peterborough, ON last summer, and we put our Kids in local School. They are doing very well, and have learned German amazingly fast. Since you are moving to French speaking Switzeland, learning French will be a huge advantage for your kids if/when you move back to Canada. Good Luck!
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Hello and welcome! I live in Vevey which is very close to Lausanne , so we can meet and have a cup of coffee sometimes!
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Re: Moving with family to from Canada to Lausanne in July

Welcome to Switzerland and to the forum. I've lived in Lausanne now for over 5 years. If you have any questions, please ask.
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Re: Moving with family to from Canada to Lausanne in July

There is a Yahoo group called Lausanne-Kids that will also be a good source of information for you.

Welcome!
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Re: Moving with family to from Canada to Lausanne in July

Hello Everyone,

I was really excited to come across this forum and find other Canadians living in Switzerland. I am moving to Switzerland from Calgary, AB in a couple of months. It looks like Vevey will be my destination - still pending a job offer. I have done some research and it looks a great place to be.

I have a 8 year old son, currently in grade 2. I would love to get some advise/help with regards to good local schools and child care.
I am concerned about him being able to integrate in a new school, especially due to the language barrier and cultural change.
While I was born in Italy, I have never been in Switzerland and I am feeling a little overwhelmed.

Thank you and look forward to meeting new friends.
Eva

I look fo
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Re: Moving with family to from Canada to Lausanne in July

Welcome to Switzerland. We came here from the US and were very happy and our kids also. One great thing they have here is "Waldspielgruppe", which is a pre-school in the forest (no matter the weather). Our son loved it and I highly recommend it.
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Thank you Jengelma. The Waldspielgruppe looks very interesting - what a cool idea. My son and I love any kind of outdoor activities.
Eva
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If you are looking for an international school, I will recommend Lausanne international school. There are some residential area around school and it could be a walking distance.
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Thank you movingout1. I have checked their website and it looks amazing! Unfortunately I don't think I will be able to afford it and have to stick to a public one or a cheaper one....
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Re: Moving with family to from Canada to Lausanne in July

Welcome to Switzerland.
I have lived in Rolle(15min to Lausanne) for two years but moving back to New York this summer.
If you are looking for some furniture, I have a moving sale.
You can take a look at the link below.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/123831...h/14000188918/

I am open to all reasonable offers.

Thanks.
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Thank you movingout1. I have checked their website and it looks amazing! Unfortunately I don't think I will be able to afford it and have to stick to a public one or a cheaper one....
Not sure what your budget is, but starting from Lausanne and going towards westward, there are basically 3 English speaking schools.

As another EF-er posted the international school of Lausanne (isl as it is refered to locally) is a great choice. After that, there is also Ecole Haut Lac in Vevey and St George's in Montreux.

Depending on your personal goals for your kids, Haut Lac tends to be great choice as it follows the IB curriculum and has a very solid language integration program as it follows a bi lingual program. This means that if English is the dominate language virtually all classes are in English but then there is special instruction dedicated to learning french. The intent is that over a 3 year period, more and more French is introduced.

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Re: Moving with family to from Canada to Lausanne in July

Thank you Arbitrage-baby for your useful information.

I would definitely like for my son to keep up with his English but also learn French.
Mostly importantly, I hope he can integrate socially with other kids. He has been attending a semi-private school with art immersion program, so quite different...

Thank you!
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Re: Moving with family to from Canada to Lausanne in July

I am moving to Lausanne in August with my 4 kids (ages 5-10) from the US. They are going to be attending ISL and we are excited about their programs. We looked at other schools but they were closer to Geneva. Good luck with your search!

I have a lot to learn and am just finalizing leases, visas, travel arrangements, etc but when you land, feel free to message me and we can meet for coffee and compare notes. I'm in search of fun areas to explore with my kids in the area.
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Re: Moving with family to from Canada to Lausanne in July

I have a lot to learn too! I would love to meet you, share information and explore new places with the kids.
Good luck with the move and talk to you soon.
Eva
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