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Calling Pete, SloJan, Ray and the rest - Portugal needs you!

Discussion forum for expats moving to or living in Portugal.
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Re: Calling Pete, SloJan, Ray and the rest - Portugal needs

Post Posted: Tue Jun 14, 2005 4:18 am

Hi

I have been living in the Beiras region for two years and love it here! If you need any info or tips on moving / living here please feel free to contact me.

I also have a web site which may be of use to you

www.expatsportugal.com.

Regards

Simon

 

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Re: Calling Pete, SloJan, Ray and the rest - Portugal needs

Post Posted: Tue Jun 14, 2005 1:41 pm

Hi Simon , it's always nice to hear a success story. Whereabouts in the Beiras region are you? We haven't yet fixed a location,but at least to begin with we're going to rent in the Aveiro area so as to be within reach of Porto and Coimbra. This is largely due to the fact that I have no job set up over there yet , although I have contacte over 100 companies in and around Porto , and am in touch with Hays Recruitment in the city. What were your working circumstances when you moved to Portugal? Were you able to secure a job in advance? How fluent were you in Portuguese at the time? I'm aware that it's essential , so I have been learning the language for about 6 months now , and as of about 6 weeks ago , I have been getting private tuition from a Brazilian lady who lectures at Southampton University in Portuguese & English. Still , I realise that the best way is to live there and live it. Unfortunately , we can't move until we're sold our house in Southampton but we're getting a lot of interest - and even had one (too low) offer, so they're working to increase their borrowing. Apart from these questions , I'd be really interested to hear anything else about your experience of making the move - at least while we're still stuck in the UK , we can continue to increase our knowledge and be ever-better prepared! Smile

Thanks, and best wishes , Pete

 

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Re: Calling Pete, SloJan, Ray and the rest - Portugal needs

Post Posted: Fri Jun 17, 2005 9:12 pm

NEWFLASH---Yesterday we accepted an offer on our house! Yippeee! Just waiting for a completion date. Now it really starts! lol

I'll still be around in here , continuing to share info in both directions. Very Happy
It's far from over! lol

Pete

 

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Re: Calling Pete, SloJan, Ray and the rest - Portugal needs

Post Posted: Fri Jun 17, 2005 9:39 pm

Hi Pete

Glad to hear you've sold your house. Moving can get a little stressful sometimes!
I didn't have a job pre arranged, but I am a web designer so there is a certain amount of work from the UK that I can do here.
If possible I would recommend that you have enough funds to last at least a year, just in case! Without being negative, you have to bear in mind that the economy is not very strong here in Portugal and unemployment is quite high. Having said that, I'm sure that expat professionals can get positions in Lisbon or Porto. If Hays can find you something before you move would be great.
As far as moving here, my situation was a little easier because my girlfriend is Portuguese. A great advantage when dealing with the language and the red tape!
If you have any specific questions regarding moving here let me know and I will try to answer them

Regards
Simon

 

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Re: Calling Pete, SloJan, Ray and the rest - Portugal needs

Post Posted: Fri Jun 17, 2005 10:03 pm

Hi Simon, thanks for the info offer - I'm sure we'll be taking you up on it befor very long ( you've been warned! lol ). As soon as we have an arrival date into Porto, I'll be arranging a meeting with Hays - they already have my CV. The good thing is , we can pretty much be driven by availability of work as far as rental location is concerned. Hays have sent me a recent report for the Logistics sector , and it look fairly promising , with salaries better then we had reckoned on (IF I can get onto one of them!). I've been communicating with the Branch Manager , who seems to think that my experience in the field makes me an attractive candidate. Once we've overcome the small obstacle of not being in the country , the next challenge will be to improve my fluency in the language. We've both been doing a Linguaphone course , and I've been getting solo lessons from a native speaker ( who also lectures to degree level at Southampton Uni) , and the lessons are quite intensive. I appreciate though that the only way to really learn a language is to live it , but at least I've got a start. Lucky you having a head start! lol.
Just out of curiosity , whereabouts in the Beiras are you located? We're still totally open-mided about location, so long as it's within reach of work. Unless events dictate otherwise , we'll probably base ourselves aroound Aveiro , as it's fairly equidistant from Porto and Coimbra.
Thanks again for the offer of help , speak soon.

Regards,
Pete

 

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Re: Calling Pete, SloJan, Ray and the rest - Portugal needs

Post Posted: Fri Jun 17, 2005 11:02 pm

Hi Pete

No problem, let me know when you come over and if you have time perhaps we can meet for a coffee.
You will certainly pick up the language quicker once you move here, although I am far from fluent yet!
I am based in Cantanhede, which is about 20 mins from Coimbra, 40 mins from Aveiro. I also have a holiday home in Lousa, which is about 40 mins the other side of Coimbra.

If you need to contact me you can reach me through my site

www.expatsportugal.com

Good luck with the job hunting!

Regards

Simon

 

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Re: Calling Pete, SloJan, Ray and the rest - Portugal needs

Post Posted: Mon Jun 20, 2005 1:17 pm

Hi Simon,
We were interested to hear your suggestion of having enough funds to last a year - our understanding was that you could only stay for 3 months without an income , so we're a little confused now Confused
Does your suggestion mean that it doesn't matter as long as you can show that you have money in the bank to sustain yourself?
Kind regards,
Pete

 

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