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Old 17th August 2009, 12:36 PM
 
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Hi all

We are researching moving to a greek island with children (4- 9yo) from Australia.
I understand greek, dont speak it so well but our kids have no greek language at all.
We would LOVE an english speaking school..Do they exist?! I cant find anything that suggests they do but maybe Im way too english/aussie cultured to understand how there COULDNT be any schools for international children!!

HELP! We are open to anywhere. I figure the larger islands would be our best bet.
If they do exist, how expensive are they? Would love to know if any Waldorf/Steiner schools exist there as well!
Any help would be greatly appreciated as this determines where we move to!
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Hi,
Rhodes has everything! The English speaking school is called the International school and is located somewhere in Rhodes Town. However, I have to say that it may be to the advantage of most of the foreign children that come to live in Rhodes to go to a Greek school - they learn to speak and interact really quickly... There is also a good private shcool called Rhodes College where lots of foreign children go but it is all in Greek.

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Default Thanks Julia!

Thanks so much for responding Julia!

I really hear what youre saying. Im just not sure we will stay beyond 1-2 years so thought perhaps english speaking is easier for all of us (theres 6 children in this equation!)

Ill certainly do it if the greek schools are progressive (know what I mean?!)

Now Rhodes is huge isnt it. I wanted to stay from islands that look at feel like a city (ie namely car congestion and traffic)

Julia, can you tell me where we should look in Rhodes? We seek child friendly, family area with english speaking folks (but groovy not surburban boring) area with lots of activities and beach for kids and healthy markets Am I kidding myself or is this there?!

I ideally would love Lesvos or Paros is beautiful too. Its really hard to research it on the net to find an island thats progressive, english speaking and lots of resources for kids! ANything you can offer or suggest Ill soak up and explore thank you so much again!

Are there any island in particular known to attract what Im looking for?!

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Also, last thing, how much do you pay for schools in greece? Australia has a fantastic school system and its very affordable with kinimal fees, not sure we will find that there?!

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Hi again
Well obviously I'm biased!! but I do think that Rhodes has it all without being cityfied. There are about 120.000 people living on the island and around 60.000 live in the Rhodes Town vicinity so that has to be the most "groovy" area of the island with lots of activities and entertainment all year. The infrastructure is good with improvements currently taking place on the main roads and on the water transportation system. Some of the smaller islands don't have their own water source and have to have tanks bring it in from elsewhere - Rhodes has reservoirs that contain water from the mountain and also spring water.
As for English speaking areas, well, there are quite a lot of English speaking people in Lardos, a large village located in the south east of the island, near to Lindos. I believe there are quite a lot of Ozzies (Greek Australians) in Gennadi (further south) too. But the majority of Greek people here speak English as well as other languages - they are used to tourists.
But I think you would love Rhodes Town. Lots of apartments inside town for rent but lots of suburbs about 7-15 km outside where you could be away from the hustle and bustle and still just a 10-15 minute drive into town. The bus system is quite good too. And at least four flights a day to Athens and further afield in the winter plus hundreds of direct charter flights in the summer.
State schools are free and I'd have to check up on fees at the private schools. Most of the Greek children are very ambitious at school and work hard to get good grades. They tend to use the back up education system of frontisteria for outside school hours - plus ballet and football etc. etc.
I think Lesvos and Paros are beautiful islands but smaller and not so accessible.

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Default thanks again Julia!

Julia

it sounds really lovely! It sounds like we would need a car then right? Hmm, Ill need to research cost of a cheap runabout car

Ambitious primary school kids? Yikes! I get it in adolescent years but primary age?! I must be old school, I still think 4-10yo is about fun and innocence and learning through the body and heart more than academics but hey Im definitely a bit of a hippie thinking aussie, dont mind me

Free state schools wow! So does that mean the international schools/english speaking ones are free or are they privately run?! Wow, Julia, Im quite excited at these possiblities!

We have a bit of $ saved too with the possiblity of even buying there. Something small we arent rolling in it (yet)
I cant thank you enough. I was sercing google and just could not find any evidence of appropriate schools (for us) and was getting disheartened!

What do you do there Julia, do you work? Im a caterer here, have a great little business but not sure what we will do there. Id love some rooms to rent out. that requires money though...hmm lots to ponder


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Hi again
Well the kids don't start school until they're 5 and the first year is nursery. They also don't do many hours - I think the little ones finish at 12:30. The International school (the English speaking one) is private so there would be fees. By the way, children are absolutely adored here and allowed to run wild! Everyone is kind to children and watch out for them - great place to grow up!
Yes, you'd probably need a car. You can get a brand new little one for about 8-9.000 Euro - and most dealers do second hand.
Actually I work for a real estate agent (I don't think I can publish the name here?). I don't actually do the sales but I could put you onto their website so you can have a browse if you contact me privately (I'm sure the webmaster will put me straight if it's a no-no!). But I haven't always worked for them. There are lots of jobs here, mostly tourist related, but the catering industry is always busy so I'm sure you'd have no problems there. Just might take a bit longer to find what you want.
Once you get here you should search the local newspapers for ads. It's in Greek so you might need the help of a Greek speaking friend!

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Hi Julia

Youve been really helpful. Thank you

Rhodes sounds like it has all we have been looking for. If you come across a name of any of the international schools there id love to contact them and find out about fee's etc
I do remember how children are embraced there and think all of ours will just thrive and love it. How could they not, so much to explore and experience!
Its a matter of research now and figuring out how to go about the logistics of it all. It sounds wise to possibly rent initially in Rhodes town, close to everything bc we wont have a car immediately and we will want to shop for the right home to settle in etc

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Try Afandou!!!! My daughter lives there and loves it - but of course it depends on what you are looking for. It's about 20 minute drive to Rhodes and a 10 minute walk to the beach (depending on where in Afandou you are) very friendly people and seems to have everything you need.

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Hi, I didn't take the time to real all the conversation above. So this may be covered but the fundamental point is if you are the type to want a formal English school for your children, the Greek islands are not the place for you (Rhodes and Crete may be the exception). You bring your family to islands like Paros for the life style and the local culture not the three R's. Here the expat parents teach their children what they need to know and send them to Greek schools for socialization and to learn the language. Also, in general Greek schools are quite poor; they do not meet any international standards. The typical Greek parent spends over 4,000 Euro per year per student for private tutoring.
I will conclude by saying you should never move anywhere without a trial period that is longer than a holiday.

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