• Vanessa Greco co-founder of LiFT: Learning in France Together

    Vanessa moved with her husband and 2 children to Nice in January 2016. She quickly found herself searching for activities for herself and the kids. But when dissatisfied with what she found she decided to join forces with 3 other mums and they founded LIFT French Riviera offering activities for kids including dance, theatre, sports, arts & crafts, cooking and language classes.

  • Amanda Paterson of VerdeGris

    “Having left my job in Brussels and with several small children it seemed to be my opportunity to escape office life and do something I really wanted to do so I looked for a course in furniture restoration in Barcelona and after a couple of years at the school of restoration I started out on my own.”

  • From California to Catalunya

    Diane Serra is a designer and creative director from San Diego, California now living in Olivella, Catalunya with her Catalan husband, daughter, Estel and white boxer, Ona.

  • Jane Mitchell in the market town of Alella

    “The weather is great – we wake up to the sun most mornings and that alone has a very positive effect. And we are all comfortable in a multicultural and multilingual society – hopefully our children will find it easy to adapt wherever they chose to live in the future.”

  • Interview with Andrea: mum of twin girls

    “They did have a special bond, when they shared a cot they would suck on each others head, once they were in their own room, they would stand up and chat and laugh at each other, it was funny and cute.”

  • Roya’s story: introducing her daughter to a second language

    “When I first visited Vincerola I was especially intrigued by the fact that one of the classroom teachers, Achmed who comes from Egypt, is deaf and solely communicates with the children in sign language. When Ella joined the nursery interacting with Achmed was quite a challenge for her and it took her some time to understand that she needed to communicate with him in a completely different way.”

  • From a happy hippy in Ibiza to a cosmopolitan city mum

    Dutch artist and mum Onke Truijen talks about her journey from hippy Ibiza to cosmopolitan Barcelona

  • Interview with teenage twins Mia and Cara

    “When we’re at school and with friends we only speak Italian; at home with our parents we speak English. We both find it easier to express ourselves and think in English, even though we use Italian more throughout the day.” Twins Mia and Cara talk about their life in a small village in Perugia.

  • Relocating from Vancouver to Barcelona

    “My advice to others thinking of relocating is to have about 3 times as much money as you think you’ll need. Also join any local expat groups on social media before you arrive – the members have a wealth of information.” Maya Mackenzie on relocating to Barcelona.

  • Marisa Raymond on relocating to and living in Bordeaux

    “There are three lessons I have learned about life as an expat. It helps to be adaptable, patient and have a big support network.” Marisa moved to Bordeaux with her husband and young family in 2009 for a 3 year trial period. They are still there today.

  • Dina Vivan found returning to her native Italy was more difficult than she had expected

    “Even though I’m Italian, after many years of living abroad I found returning to live in Italy harder than I had expected. Once again many things were different. I felt the only familiar thing was the language. Anything else I struggled to understand or to make sense of. I had to learn to live in my own country.”

  • Our journey to ‘worldschooling’

    “Whether we’re learning about a famous local artist or an old monument, the kids see the look of curiosity and wonder in our eyes and they become instant students of whatever we’re learning. It’s honestly surprised me how much their love of learning has grown on this trip.”