Hi Kerry-marie, the children will find it hard but they will settle. My son does not speak greek but is learning slowly. they will probably be put down a year so they have time to catch up, so prepare them for that posibility and i would also recommend they start to learn the basics. I speak greek so it has been a little easier for me to teach him. I can recommend teaching them the alphabet as it is quite different and then basic phrases. I am sending my son to a private school here as i wanted to make sure that i was giving him the best chance possible as the public schools will not give them as much help. Thats not to say that they are bad schools. Private schools are cheaper here than in the uk. The kids here seem to be very friendly to him and he has made friends easily, even though he does not speak. They'll be fine, it just takes a bit of time.hi,we are hoping to move to rhodes in the next 8 months...we have children similar ages. can i ask,how does your son find the language? does he speak greek? i love the island and have holidayed there for years,i just hope its not to much of a battle to settle the children!!
That's one question answered for me, I'd be looking for work in Air/Con and refrigeration but I'm also qualified as an electrician. We do love Rhodes but to be honest we've not been to an island that we've not loved, so I guess if things are really bad in Rhodes at the moment, then we may a have to do some research and think about other areas. We've not been to the mainland before but I'm sure the people and way of life is similar to the islands, especially if your near the sea.Plumber / electrician are excellent trades on the islands, if you're good. One of our closest friends is an electrician here (we're not on Rhodes, but on another island) and makes a very good living, owns a beautiful home and runs his own business. You'll need to navigate the way to getting licensed in Greece for these fields: do not delay on that, or underestimate how complex it may end up being.
The other piece of advice I'd give you both is to get started immediately on learning the language, and do it in a serious way. Not the BS "Greek for tourists. You're going to need technical vocabulary, you're going to have to communicate with the local residents who speak only Greek and foreign workers who speak various levels of Greek. Unless you are language geniuses, if you're learning the language outside of Greece, it takes about a year to get to a point where you can communicate, and many more years to become fluent.
If this is something you want to do, do it very deliberately. Make a timeline. How long will it take to finish your training? How long will it take to get licensed in Greece? At what point do you think you'll be ready to make the move? But start the language immediately. You won't regret it. Until you're fluent in Greek, you're going to end up constantly struggling, relying on other people to explain things to you, mistakes and misunderstandings will happen.
Being qualified in both AC and elec is great! I don't know if things in Rhodes are 'really bad' compared to the rest of Greece - you'll probably need to get really up to date info from someone who spent this winter there - but my guess is that it's probably doing better than many other areas of Greece.That's one question answered for me, I'd be looking for work in Air/Con and refrigeration but I'm also qualified as an electrician. We do love Rhodes but to be honest we've not been to an island that we've not loved, so I guess if things are really bad in Rhodes at the moment, then we may a have to do some research and think about other areas. We've not been to the mainland before but I'm sure the people and way of life is similar to the islands, especially if your near the sea.
The language is my biggest fear because as has been said, I'm sure it can be the one thing that means you make a success at your move or fail and I must admit I'm using rosetta stone to try and learn but I'm struggling.
Our time line is fairly flexible, we'd like to do it April next year but to put it back a year may give us more chance of making a success of it.
I really need to look into how my qualification translate into Greek, do I need to pass Greek test to show I'm competent etc.
So much to learn! But I'm sure it'll be worth the effort!