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ill start from the beginning. I took the plunge to Paphos back in 2012 off of a whim, I was fed up with the U.K., holidayed in Cyprus every year and thought why not, it was me, my partner and 1 child. We lasted a year and a half and decided living week by week was too much.

roll on 7 years later, I am now a skilled heating engineer, starting my air con training within the next month, now have 4 kids and massively have the itch to return.

Obviously I’ll wait until the end of October and see what happens with Brexit and see whether I can actually do it or not, but does anyone have any advice for me? Is it worth giving it another go (a silly question I suppose, but financially)? will work come relatively easy for an aircon engineer? Will it pay enough to support my family without struggle?

i have a tutor here in the U.K. and my kids will be learning as much Greek as possible before we do leave (if we do), to give them a head start. My kids are 10, 5 and twins of 2.

Any in site, info, advice would be greatly appreciated.
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[quote=Cobbler28;14942484]good morning all,

ill start from the beginning. I took the plunge to Paphos back in 2012 off of a whim, I was fed up with the U.K., holidayed in Cyprus every year and thought why not, it was me, my partner and 1 child. We lasted a year and a half and decided living week by week was too much.

roll on 7 years later, I am now a skilled heating engineer, starting my air con training within the next month, now have 4 kids and massively have the itch to return.

Obviously I’ll wait until the end of October and see what happens with Brexit and see whether I can actually do it or not, but does anyone have any advice for me? Is it worth giving it another go (a silly question I suppose, but financially)? will work come relatively easy for an aircon engineer? Will it pay enough to support my family without struggle?
Judging by the vans and adverts there appear to be plenty of heating engineers around so unless you're fluent in Greek the chances of being employed as such is pretty much zero. In my opinion you would have to start up on your own business with the cost of transport, equipment and materials being met before you could start earning income. On top of this you would be up against established businesses so scratching for work.
i have a tutor here in the U.K. and my kids will be learning as much Greek as possible before we do leave (if we do), to give them a head start. My kids are 10, 5 and twins of 2.
There are no special provisions for expat children in state schools so your 2 older children would be put back a year and pretty much left to fend for themselves so private schooling would probably be the only option for them which would cost in the region of 6k/year each. Your twins, so long as the can be brought up in a Greek speaking environment, may be ok.
any info, advice would be greatly appreciated.
My advice is don't do it, why give up work to come to the uncertainty of employment here, plus you should consider your children's education, your eldest will be starting secondary school soon and unless you are able to afford sending him to a private school the disruption of bring him here would undoubtedly have a detrimental affect on him

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I agree with JonandGaynor. You would be putting your childrens futures at risk.
In my 14 years in Cyprus I saw far too many families with children returning to the UK with the tails between their legs worse off than when they arrived.
Couples without children usually mange OK but with 4 children you would struggle.
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I concur with JonandGaynor and Veronica. You'll find it very difficult to earn a living and survive.

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