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Coming to Chile for 2 years.

Posted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 6:46 pm
by PaulMountford
Hi there.
Me and my wife and our 2 kids 5/3 years old are thinking of moving to Chile for 2 years. My wife is from Santiago and I'm from the UK. We have visited on holiday many times and tried to move there permanently 5 years ago but it didn't work out and we had a good opportunity in the U.K. So we went home. We are now thinking to come for 2 years to give our kids a good connection with Chile and help them to become fluent in Spanish so they can have a good relationship with the Chilean family. The main question is we will have around 1.1m pesos per month and won't have to pay rent. Is that enough I know Chile is expensive. We are planning to send our son to a state school in Las Condes while we're there also. What's people's experience opinion of that. Also is 2 years enough time for the kids to become fluent?
Many thanks

Re: Coming to Chile for 2 years.

Posted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 11:20 am
by El Chupacabra
Hi,

Two years should be adequate for your children to pick up the language. The important part is to keep it up once you leave.

Regarding your monthly 1.1 million pesos. Is it enough? That depends, enough for what? It all depends on your lifestyle and spending habits. I know people who get by on a lot less and I know others who blow through 1.1 million in a week weekend at the casino. It's a very broad question to ask, It really depends on your lifestyle.

Re: Coming to Chile for 2 years.

Posted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 2:49 pm
by admin
No one sends their kids to a public school unless they have no choice. Even the poor will sctratch funds together to send their kids to a private school if they can.

Re: Coming to Chile for 2 years.

Posted: Tue Jan 17, 2017 4:18 am
by David_Bro
Poly lingual children do best at ages 10 to 13 where the retain what they have learned from their own experience with a modicum of external language input from others after they have gone from that country ---and retaining the original accent or dialect from the mother tongue---its not to say at 5 or 6 they would not but typically their main language would greatly influence their accent especially while not residing in the region of that language-----ie speaking that language at home but out of that counrtry----Very easy to loose fluency at 5 or 6 if the parents are not speaking to them on a daily basis or if that language is the only one used in the home while the home language is used outside at school or in the street----as long as the parents are diligent and firm in speaking that language at home----but also you have to consider that language used at 5 or 6 years old is frozen at that age regardless if they are 20 or 30-----vocabulary and verbiage will be as if they are at that age.

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Re: Coming to Chile for 2 years.

Posted: Tue Jan 17, 2017 10:55 am
by scandinavian
As Chupacabra mentioned, then whether 1.1M is enough really depends on your livestyle and expectations. if you want to travel around Chile while here, have a car, etc.
In regards to school, then if it is only for 2 years and you can find a good public school in Las Condes / Vitacura, then I don't see the issue, however, are you sure that the public schools accept kids that young? In private schools, there are pre-school grades, but not so sure about the public ones. the 3 year old would have to go to kindergarten I guess. (and the public ones I have seen, I would not put my kids in).
If you go for a private school and private kindergarten, then that will at least be half your income.
For learning Spanish, then I think it is a great idea - assuming your wife will continue to speak Spanish to them when you move back, in order for them to maintain what they have learned and evolve it.

Re: Coming to Chile for 2 years.

Posted: Tue Jan 17, 2017 5:31 pm
by PaulMountford
Thanks for the replies.
I understand the sentiment towards the public school system in Chile but there is a few friends of my wife who have decided to send there kids to a public school (one with a good reputation) but as we are planning on only coming for 2 years it's our only option we can't pay incorporation fees for a couple of years. My wife has always spoke to them in Spanish and they understand a lot but speak very little. We would be happy just living quite simply boredom is a worry for me as I'm so busy here and don't know how I'd cope with nothing to do. This is something that I would like to do for my wife and children for their long term Spanish and connection with Chile that they will on get just going every year.
Thanks

Re: Coming to Chile for 2 years.

Posted: Tue Jan 17, 2017 5:53 pm
by frozen-north
I think that you might have to make sure they don't forget their English, so it is not too difficult a switch when you go back.

Re: Coming to Chile for 2 years.

Posted: Tue Jan 17, 2017 6:07 pm
by Donnybrook
Both Las Condes and Vitacura have very good municipal schools. There is some info on the municipality websites. I don't know how difficult it is to get a place but worth looking into.
https://www.lascondes.cl/educacion/portada.html

Re: Coming to Chile for 2 years.

Posted: Wed Jan 18, 2017 3:03 pm
by El Chupacabra
PaulMountford wrote:Thanks for the replies.
. We would be happy just living quite simply boredom is a worry for me as I'm so busy here and don't know how I'd cope with nothing to do.
There is always something to do in Santiago. Some that cost money and other stuff that is free or very inexpensive. I have never experienced the issue of boredom. Tons of shows, museums, entertainment venues, street entertainment, great restaurants, shopping and fun things for the kids to do. Plus there are beaches, ski resorts, hiking, camping, zoos, horse back riding, casinos, etc (the list can go on forever)... all within an hours drive.

Here is just one of the unique things my kids have always loved.
http://santiago.kidzania.com/es-cl/

Check online (google and facebook and you will find unlimited things todo)