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Catherine Grindrod-Dean, Cote d'Azur

Published Monday December 09, 2019 (21:48:47)
Catherine Grindrod-Dean
I first moved abroad in 2015 in order to complete my first season working in France. I worked on a French campsite for a company called Canvas holidays. I was a little worried that, at 34, I would be a lot older than the other staff, but I went ahead with the season as I'd always wanted to work abroad and felt that I should do it before I was too old. It turns out I was completely wrong as people from all walks of life, including all ages, do seasonal work as both-one off jobs and long-term life choices.    more ...


Katie Gardner, Lauzun

Published Monday August 12, 2019 (10:55:12)
Katie Gardner
Who are you?

Katie Gardner.

Where, when and why did you move abroad?

To Lauzun, Lot et Garonne, 2008 to get married.

What challenges did you face during the move?

Getting all the necessary paperwork together.    more ...


Katrin Lindenbauer, Bordeaux

Published Monday August 05, 2019 (20:50:06)
Katrin Lindenbauer
Who are you?

I am Katrin Lindenbauer, originally from Austria and happy to gain experience abroad for more than two years.

Where, when and why did you move abroad?

When I was younger, I could not imagine myself living anywhere else than in Austria. I had a lack of self-confidence and considered myself as an introverted person that could not make it alone “out there”.    more ...


Richard Haylock, Dordogne

Published Monday June 17, 2019 (14:53:32)
Richard and Alison
Who are you?

My name's Richard Haylock, and my wife's Alison.    more ...


Bruce Smith, Clerac

Published Monday June 10, 2019 (18:41:24)
Bruce Smith
Who are you?

Bruce Smith, a fashion portrait and fine art photographer, author of photography books and tutor of photography.    more ...


Laura, Haute Vienne

Published Monday May 20, 2019 (09:14:01)
Who are you?

My name is Laura, I'm a 34-year-old blogger and psychotherapist living in France since the end of 2018. I work here in France as a micro-entrepreneur offering online counselling to English speakers all over the world. I also run the blog and the associated Instagram account @frugalfrance where I focus on my experience of moving to France with my fiancé, going through the very different house purchase process here, and what it's like to move to a country where you know no-one, speak some French and have no work to come to!    more ...


Yvette Van Loon, Paris

Published Monday April 02, 2018 (09:50:21)
Yvette Van Loon
Who are you?

I am Dutch and living in Paris; love playing golf and I am a member of one of the oldest golf clubs in France situated at the coast of Normandy.    more ...


Yvonne Shao, Paris

Published Friday November 24, 2017 (10:26:25)
Yvonne Shao
Who are you?

Hello! My name is Yvonne Shao, and I am an American piano teacher-turned-writer. A couple of years ago we decided to travel around the world and then move to Paris.

Where, when and why did you move abroad?

Because my husband can work remotely, we had thought of moving internationally for a few years.    more ...


Yvonne Northrop, Brittany

Published Monday October 02, 2017 (08:37:58)
Yvonne Northrop
Who are you?

My name is Yvonne Northrop, I am married to my American husband Jim. We have lived in many different parts of the world during our long marriage. Our young married life was spent in the USA, where at the time, life was full of adventure and times were much easier than today.    more ...


Eva, Nancy

Published Monday September 25, 2017 (07:05:33)
Who are you?

Hi! My name is Eva, I’m 24 years old and I come from Germany.

Where, when and why did you move abroad?

The first time I moved abroad was in August 2014. I came to Paris to spend an Erasmus semester at Université Paris Dauphine.    more ...

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