Expat Life

Love Esther Zaricot

We can’t stop grinning from ear to ear since Mme Esther Zaricot agreed to give us this interview. She’s a Swiss mum-of-two and author of one of the funniest, coolest blogs we’ve ever come across, click here to see why ! Drawn using only Paint and her mouse (and only during her lunch breaks), Esther’s blog can always capture those sweet, funny moments we’ve all been through with our BFFs, husbands and little ones… The […]

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Expat Mumpreneurs: Marta

We all know that moving to a different country is not always easy, especially if you’re leaving behind friends, family and a job you loved. An expatriate experience, however, could be the perfect opportunity to take stock and follow a dream you’ve always had such as, for example, setting up your own business. There are many talented expat mums in Switzerland who’ve done just that and we at Geneva Family […]

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Jobseeking in Switzerland

The first images of Switzerland that come to mind are often those of majestic mountain views, endless ski-runs, fancy watches, cheese and chocolate, a Heidi-and-Peter-filled Alpine paradise or of some tight-lipped bankers hiding the secrets of the rich and famous. Although Switzerland is very rarely thought of as an economic powerhouse, the cold numbers of GDP and other macroeconomic statistics will tell you that the Swiss enjoy one of the […]

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Meet “Atila 4 Child”

Our community of expat mums is such a treasure trove of amazing talent that there is more to be found every day. Our star mumpreneur this week has launched a fabulous fashion label for children aged 0 to 8 years-old, her style is so individual and cool we can’t wait to share it with you ! Marie is a French expat mum who moved to Bursins (Canton Vaud) in 2007. A fashion designer […]

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Raising a Bilingual Child

I don’t pretend I got it all right and my daughter does make mistakes as she is learning both English and French. But speaking French to her has made a difference to her life. Not only she learnt and assimilated it intuitively, but she enjoys it and – most importantly – for her the process is relatively painless. When she was born I was so happy that there would be someone […]

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Expat Mumpreneurs: Michelle

Our “Expat Mumpreneurs” section is very close to our hearts. We have the greatest admiration for all the talented, creative and resourceful expat mums who take the plunge and turn their amazing skills into a business, which is often run alongside a hectic family life. From cake-making to photography, design or life-coaching, our expat community is full of extremely talented mums and we can’t wait to find out more about them !     Michelle […]

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ASK Information Day

Unique event in Geneva: a special needs education fair Saturday October 6th 2012 Crown Plaza Hotel, Geneva 9:30am – 3pm Free Admission During the past decade both international and local schools in Geneva have had to cope with an ever increasing number of children with special needs. Parents and teachers are often finding themselves at a loss and may not know who to turn to or what services are available. ASK – […]

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Thalia et Bubu Pop-up Store

If you have a soft spot for stylish, cool designs for kids and would like to take a look at the new AW collections from brands like Bobo Choses, Simple Kids, Talc, Baby Version Rock and many more, make a note in your diary for the upcoming Thalia et Bubu pop-up store, taking place chez Little Home from Thursday 13th to Saturday 15th of September 2012. This fab pop-up store will feature over […]

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The CAF: Cheque annuel de formation

The first time I heard about the CAF (Chèque annuel de formation) I had already been living in Switzerland for 3 years. I thought it was such a shame I hadn’t learned about it before as it can come really handy for those expats and trailing spouses thinking about developing new professional skills or improving their French. In brief, the Chèque Annuel de Formation, is a financial subsidy of 750CHF per year (for […]

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Swiss School

Moving to a different country is daunting enough for anyone. Thinking about enrolling your children into a local school system you’re not familiar with is definitely one of the hardest things for any expat parents. As a family, we opted for private international schools for our children, so I don’t have direct personal experience of the Swiss school system. However, since I was asked to write a brief article about it, I […]

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Meet La Maison de Colette

La Maison de Colette is definitely one of my favourite Geneva blogs. Created by Marion, a French mother-of-one and design consultant, it’s packed with fantastic style and design inspiration for mums living in Geneva. Last week we met up with Marion to learn more about her family life in Geneva and her stylish blog, here’s what she said: My family & I I am French, originally from Nantes, but I studied in Paris. […]

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Kristin on Trailing

Kristin Louise Duncombe  is a psychotherapist who specializes in working with international and expatriate families in Paris and Lyon. She is the author of Trailing: A Memoir, which chronicles her experience as a “trailing spouse” who followed her Médecins Sans Frontières husband to the frontlines of disaster and disease in East Africa. Find below an interview where she discusses “trailing,” being a Third Culture Kid (Duncombe grew up travelling the […]

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How Teachers Can Shape You

At the beginning there was a teacher in a classroom full of 14 year-old students, who were learning when to use the English auxiliary verb ‘shall’. “Un châle, pour les genoux” (a blanket for your knees = shall for ‘je’ & ‘nous’) she said, and instantly that made perfect sense. Making lessons interesting and engaging for children is no mean feat. How about translating Madonna’s songs? Fancy an overnight trip to London? My English teacher at school […]

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Out ‘n’ About with Baby in Geneva

Little Miss Cutie is now 21 months-old and parading so much attitude and toddler-swagger that her baby days seem to belong to another decade, not just a few months ago. However, I decided to write about those times because I am sure it will be helpful to new expat mums moving to the area. There is nothing more wonderful, life-changing and friggin’ scary than having a baby and having to do […]

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Memoirs of a Young Teen Rangée

The choice between a private and state school can be a tricky one, it doesn’t all come down to budget. Private schools are known for top quality education with smaller classrooms and controlled attendance, while state schools offer mixed classrooms with pupils from various background learning to live together. Having been educated within the private system, I do value state schools as they prepare the children for the ‘real world’. The […]

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Financial Tips for Expats Living in Switzerland

Getting to grips with the Swiss tax system can be quite complicated, as it is administered independently at federal, cantonal and village level so you will pay different tax rates depending on where you live (click here for more info in English about tax rates in all Swiss municipalities). Here’s some basic financial tips, which we hope will be of help to expats moving to the area: 1. If you’re working […]

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Health Emergency Numbers for Kids

I know the call I dread the most. When my mobile rings and the number on the display screen is that of my children’s school, I know that they’ve come down with something nasty. Last month all my three children got sick at the same time and we swiftly succumbed too. As I coughed my eyes out and ran around like a crazed Florence Nightingale tending to the three tiddlers, Expat Husband thought it […]

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Expat Dads Who Blog

Read our interview with Jerry Isturis, an expat dad and blogger who moved to Switzerland with his family a year ago. He tells us about his blog www.thetrailinghusband.weebly.com, his experience as a trailing spouse in Switzerland and shares his top tips to make the transition as smooth as possible!   My expat family and I We’re from the Philippines and we moved to Vevey in May 2011. My wife, the […]

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Private Schools in Geneva

The most frequently asked question about family life is Geneva is inevitably about schools. As an expatriate parent I fully sympathize because this is probably one of the trickiest decisions to handle when moving abroad with your little ones. If you are looking for more information about private schools in Geneva, here’s an article I wrote some time ago for another expatriate website. Hope it helps! Private Schools in Geneva […]

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Nurseries & Daycare in Geneva

**Updated 28th August 2012: we are overjoyed to update our post below about the shortage of nursery places in Geneva. Following the cantonal referendum held on the 17th of June 2012, the majority of voters decided that more nursery places should be created within the canton of Geneva so the future is definitely looking brighter !** —– You can click here to find out how 57,7% of voters decided that a nursery […]

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