“The campus of ES International School is located within the world-class sports facilities of the Academia Sánchez-Casal, which provides high performance tennis training and physical conditioning. Sports are an essential part of the curriculum.” Joanne Burns, Head of School
“Viola doesn’t want me to speak Italian at all. Certainly not in front of her friends. I find this a bit odd! I know some children are embarrassed when their mothers speak Italian as they make mistakes but Italian is my mother tongue!” Paola Wright
Georgina Shaw, founder of Shaw Marketing Services on the Costa del Sol, gives her advice on setting up a small business in Spain, key ways to network and cost effective marketing.
“It is true that becoming an expat Mum changes your perspective of Madrid. Having children integrates you into the community in a unique way as doors open, attitudes change and a family-friendly city reveals itself.” Dominique White
“I have always been drawn to portraits, they just interest me more than landscapes or photos without people in them. What I love about the portraits I do is that I get to capture special moments in the life of a family which will will be so precious to someone for a long time.”
“So, I can look back and take comfort in the knowledge that she had lived a full life, based on her core principles of equality and compassion and had continually appreciated the numerous liberties afforded to her. But of course, this does not ever take away the sadness I feel of simply not having her around.” MumAbroad co-founder Carrie Frais
“We call bureaucratic offices for our members. We speak to the departments such as the social security staff, police, unemployment offices, banks and so on. We have glowing testimonials from our members whom we have assisted.”
“We all have built lives in the EU. We studied. We did Erasmus. We did work placements. We travelled. Found work. Made friends. Developed careers. Learnt languages. Got married. Gave birth. Put down roots. Bought houses. Pay mortgages. Pay taxes. Chose nurseries. Chose schools. Form integrated parts of our communities. And we continue to do all those things every day, even if our rights in the future are unclear.”
Bridget Nelson gives her opinion on the school system in Catalunya, explains the difference between state and international schools and advises on how to choose the right educational establishment for your child, focusing on the area of Sitges.
“My advice to families thinking of relocating to France would be to learn some French before coming. For many people this is a huge obstacle. Life can be difficult, even depressing if you cannot get yourself understood or cannot understand something.”
Barcelona is considered one of the best European cities for year round rental investments. Here Lucas Fox International Properties pick the best properties for sale in the Catalan capital for under 400,000 euros.
“My parents are Italian but I was brought up in Winnipeg, Canada and I often find that when I am with Italians I am more Canadian and when I am with Anglos I find myself to be more Italian.”
MumAbroad was founded by Rebecca Laidlaw, an Internet Marketing consultant & Carrie Frais, a Journalist and PR executive. Carrie lives in Barcelona and is Mum to Poppy (7) and Bertie (5) and Rebecca lives in Oxfordshire (UK) and has 3 children, Ollie (7), Sophie (5) and Theo (1).
“In 2007, we were both living in the beautiful city of Barcelona, having each just given birth to our first child. With no extended family to help with childcare, we looked for other resources to help guide us through this challenging period of our lives. We were surprised at how difficult it was to find easily accessible information about activities and services for parents. It soon became apparent that there was a growing niche for an English language website which would offer parents from the International Community valuable information such as child-related services, schools, family activities, shops, family holidays and restaurants. After extensive research and the help of scores of mothers, Barcelona Mum was born, offering a comprehensive and personalized guide to family life in Barcelona. Within a few months MumAbroad Spain was launched, incorporating the whole of Catalunya and subsequently Madrid, Andalucia, the Costa Blanca and the Balearics. As the site gained momentum, MumAbroad France, MumAbroad Italy and MumAbroad Germany were established and in 2014 the four sites were amalgamated under one roof.
We believe that, in the majority of cases, parents are the best judge of anything child-related, so that is why our site is based purely on recommendation. Every service, group or activity on our website has been recommended by at least one Mum or Dad. In our interview section, you can read about other mums’ experiences of living abroad as well as interviews with a host of childhood experts. In our Women in Business section, we’ve discovered some inspirational ladies, who have established successful businesses in and created a life for themselves, many of whom have had to juggle work and family life. Our forum allows parents to share concerns, offer advice, advertise services, buy & sell items and virtually meet others in an online community.”
Carrie & Rebecca