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Juliec replied to the thread 5000 eur/month gross on the Luxembourg forum:
ulala2014 initially posted:
Dear all, I am very close to move to Luxembourg. Please let me know if 5000 eur/month gross for a family with 1 child is a good salary. I have to rent myself for an appartment (about 1000 eur). Many thanks!
Juliec replied most recently with:
Health insurance is the one thing I haven't found out about yet. My partner gets his through work but because we are not married, I cannot join his. From what I understand, the healthcare system here is excellent and you can pay for treatment as and when you need it. If you have an EHIIC card that will suffice to start with but when you arrive in Lux, you will need to take your employment contract to the local commune where you live so they can see that you are employed, they should then issue you with a residence permit from which I think you can then get a social security ID number - your employer may well help you with this. From reading other people's blogs and advice, you will be asked for your ID number if you go to a doctors or need emergency hospital treatment. I think that private healthcare is the way to go as you will have to pay for your treatment anyway but then can claim it back (BUPA and Cigna seem to be quire common). You may already be aware of this but you can visit any doctor in the country, you don't have to register with your local one as you would say in the UK. Given that you are moving from Brazil however, I would say that moving to Europe is not going to present you with any problems... I will update you if and when I find any more information on healthcare. For us, this is the first time we have relocated abroad and it is quite fun finding things out but also, it can be quite hard especially if you don't know anyone and it is not always easy to find the information you need. best wishes
aaaabbbb replied most recently with:
The short term option sounds like the ideal solution on arrival Julie, thanks for that. One other thing, I have been looking at health insurance and the public system in Lux, and it appears sensible to have a private plan. Have you found this, or is the local system sufficient? Due to the nature of my relocation I am budgeting for all of this in order to have a salary related discussion... Yes moving is daunting, but I am coming to the end of a stint in Brazil, so am hoping that the culture shock will be far easier to come to terms with this time! Best
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curler replied to the thread Curling on the Luxembourg forum:
curler initially posted:
If you are looking to socialize while learning a new sport or are a seasoned curler looking for a place to play, check out Curling in Luxembourg. ( I joined the club last year after moving from Canada and found the club very friendly and open to new members with or without any prior knowledge of the game. The age range of members is 20 to 65 and don't worry if you only speak English - people are very helpful and there are many members who's native language is English. The ice is at Patinoire de Kockelscheuer, which is conveniently located at a car pool location so there is excellent bus service from the city center. The season opens September 15 and runs through until April. You are welcome to come out and give a try, just bring some clean running shoes (all other equipment will be provided). If you like it, you can decide to join the club as a member - or if not, at least say you tried curling in Luxembourg. And the best part is the tradition of a social drink after the practices on Mondays and Wednesdays. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
curler replied most recently with:
Thanks for your reply Ian. On most weekends the curling ice isn't used unless there is a scheduled tournament. Unfortunately, the club isn't really set up for rentals as you requested and there isn't someone available to assist outside of scheduled curling times. Once you settle in Luxembourg, if you are interested, come to the club during one of the practice sessions and you can try it out. Kyle
IanWhatley replied most recently with:
Hello I was very interested to read your post. I plan to move to Luxembourg at the end of the year or early next year. I'd love to try Curling and so I was really pleased to see what you've written. Actually I will visit Luxembourg City with some friend's over the weekend of 28th November and I wondered if it's in any way feasible to 'hire some ice' to try the sport out whilst we're there. Please let me know if this is a possibility. Obviously we're not members but I wondered if it's feasible to do this? Any help appreciated, Ian
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didi2l replied to the thread Ready to socialise and meet people on the Luxembourg forum:
Juliec initially posted:
OK, vet sorted, car sorted, moving boxes all unpacked (well nearly..!). Now all I need is to talk to/meet some people who enjoy chatting, socialising, meeting for coffee occasionally. Anyone interested in wine and food tastings would be an instant friend! My partner and I are 40-somethings, live about 45 minutes away from the city in the West and would just enjoy meeting up every now and then. Also happy to chat via the forums to share experiences of living in Luxembourg.
didi2l replied most recently with:
There are a few groups that might work well for you that I thought I would mention: the British Ladies Club, the American Women's Club, Meetups (Lux), and InterNations (Lux). All of these groups have a variety of social and activity groups. There are others but these are the first that come to mind for the English speaker. I hope this is helpful. We are also on the west side of Ville and there isn't much out here. Most of these groups/activies take place around Ville and that's not so bad. Debbie :)
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Juliec replied to the thread English speaking vet surgeries outside of the city on the Luxembourg forum:
Juliec initially posted:
Hi we have just moved to Luxembourg and brought our 2 dogs from the UK, I need to find a vets sooner rather than later as our one dog suffers with tendonitis and needs occasional medication. We live over in the West towards the Belgian border so if anyone has any advice or recommendations, they would be gratefully received. Thanks in advance!
Juliec replied most recently with:
Thanks for this; someone else recommended this vet to my other half as well.
Juliec replied most recently with:
Thanks Brian, will give it a try
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breevesdc replied to the thread Job offer on the Luxembourg forum:
cnnbillh initially posted:
Hello everyone, :) I recently applied for a position in a bank here in Luxembourg. A week after the interview I received a phone call from the bank telling me that they want to make me an offer and the offer will be ready by the end of next week. That week gone and I didn't receive any message from them. I called and they told me that they are still waiting for the last approvals. How long shall I wait? Can you tell me if anyone had such an experience? Also, can you tell me how is the procedure here in Luxembourg regarding the background screening? Thank you
breevesdc replied most recently with:
It was 3 years ago. So I don't remember every detail. But I think once I completed all of the interviews, it took about 2-3 weeks for the offer to get to me. It all depends on whether the right people are all available and the stars are aligned. It could happen in < 1 week or it could take 2 or 3 depending on the situation. Keep in mind that it's August. A lot of people are on vacation in August. And if one of the key approvers is on vacation, it could delay the offer going out. Best suggestion I can give you is to ask for a status. They would not have told you that an offer was pending unless they wanted to offer you the job. Good luck. Brian
cnnbillh replied most recently with:
How long did it take in your case to make you the offer?
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LeoLa replied to the thread Mom and baby ready to make friends on the Luxembourg forum:
yfotouh86 initially posted:
I moved to lux last november and have had a hard time making friends (as I currently don't work). i have a 1 yr old baby and all i've been doing is going to AUCHAN for shopping!! lol.. so if anyone has tips on fun stuff to do here (witth or without my baby), or if someone would like to meet for a coffee or something, please do contact me .. cheers :)
LeoLa replied most recently with:
hi, i would like to meet with you. Im here like a au pair and i care about 8 month baby. write my on Facebook. Leo La Noisy
carters replied most recently with:
Hi You can have a look at the American Women's Club, the British Ladies Club and then there are non membership orgs like Meet Up and Lux Meet Greet which offer events for expats. Its tough when you don't have the school network. Good luck. Gillian
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LeoLa replied to the thread Socializing on the Luxembourg forum:
panchali initially posted:
I have just moved in to Luxembourg. I have a 7 month old baby and currently not working. I would like to soicialize with women, go around the city, shop and have fun. I speak fluent english, intermdeiate German, and Indian languages (Hindi, Assamese and bengali). Mothers with babies and anyone else who does not mind a baby around can touch base..quite eager to explore the new place..cheers
LeoLa replied most recently with:
hi, i would like to meet with you. ;) write me in facebook. Leo La Noisy
LeoLa replied most recently with:
hi, i would to like meet with you. im young girl and i moved to luxembourg 1 month ago. i looking for new friends. write my on facebook Leo La Noisy
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LeoLa posted Looking for english speaking people on the Luxembourg forum:
Hi, I´m looking for english speaking people who live in Luxembourg in capital city. I´m 20 years girl. I find friends, girls and boy are welcome. You can me write to Facebook. My facebook is Leo La Noisy. Thank you.
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tracyofnorfolk replied to the thread Schools on the Luxembourg forum:
kpl927 initially posted:
We are in the process of relocating to Luxembourg from the midwest. We have two children, 8 and 10, and we are looking at ISL and St. George. Based on everything I have read, ISL is the better school for expats. Can anyone give me specific reasons why? Thanks.
tracyofnorfolk replied most recently with:
That is completely untrue. Obviously you know nothing about the school as it's your first post to the forum and you registered today just to say something negative. You don't even know the name of the school! It's ISL-The International School of Luxembourg.
Balbb replied most recently with:
Academics at ils are very poor. School is rather a holiday camp but not a proper school.
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Review of International School of Luxembourg in Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Review-of-International School of Luxembourg
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
The facility is clean and modern-looking, it has a very urban feel. A new building is under construction, scheduled for 2013 I believe. Parking is insufficient though, and it is a daily challenge, although I think this is true for St Georges as well, so what can you do.

The school offers Choir, children play the recorder in Grade 2, Band (w instrument lessons beginning in grade 4, and you can find on-campus lessons in gymnastics, ballet, basketball, soccer, track and swimming. Some classes have an extra fee. There are specific sign-up dates done through the school's website, and often times children are put on a waiting list so even though the school will tell you these activities are available during the tour, the reality is that it's not always guaranteed that your child will get into the sport they want on the first try and you might have to wait a semester or two.

You can ask around among other parents though and find activities in the community such as tennis, horse back riding, ice skating, soccer leagues, etc. Other parents are very helpful. (Continue)

A reader replied most recently with:
We had our child for few years at ISL. We are mixed, british/european family. Previously our child was at the French system , then we moved to ISL . Our child was at I SL at the end of primary and first year of middle school. Myself and my husband we are both very academic University graduate. My opinion about ISL as a school is very low. I think the standard of education at ISL is poor. Children are not challenged at all! Curriculum is very poor. In my opinion children do not get much knowledge there. School doesn't teach but only tells children what they should work on. Everything bases on self learning, self investigation and projects on the computers which pushes child to do 'copy/paste'. iSL is a sort of camp where everything is 'great and 'amazing' and proper traditional learning doesn't exist there. In my opinion the school is not good for parents who value strong academic and are looking for high standard education. School attracts parents by showing them great facilities, good organisation and possibility to do sports. However even in sports, children who really want to achieve something must go to local luxembourgish clubs bc at IsL teaching in all areas is very poor. I am very happy leaving iSL as I saw my child getting bored and frustrated over there. The risk of being at IsL is that at any next school your child is at least one year behind others in all subject. To every new expat in Luxembourg I would advice to try any other school except of ISL. The danger of going down academically is too high.
arizonalux replied recently with:
UPDATE FROM ARIZONALUX Since my initial posting, there have been a variety of changes worthy of an update, in order to provide some more current and balanced information for others to consider if they are searching for information about ISL. With the start of the 2013-14 school year, ISL celebrated its 50th anniversary and completed a massive overhaul with its facilities. The new lower school building is truly fantastic, and the renovation of the pre-existing buildings for administration and the upper/middle school is equally impressive. From a facility perspective, ISL’s campus now is world class, with an environment where the students can feel excited, inspired and proud. Classrooms boast state of the art equipment; there are dedicated spaces for language, art, music, theater and performances. The lower school has a beautiful library, an impressive auditorium, a huge gymnasium and a lovely cafeteria with well-prepared and healthy food choices and expanded outdoor spaces for recess. New sports faculty are also expanding and re-energizing the after-school fitness and competitive sports programs. I also want to commend the school for its efforts regarding increased manpower and physical/technical security devices protecting the campus and the facilities. ISL is in an urban, high traffic location, but I think they are doing a really good job at making it a safe place, and making it feel like a safe place as well. This year my children are in both the lower and middle schools. I stand by my earlier comments advising people with lower school age children, who might only be in Luxembourg for a short duration, to be persistent right from the admission stage to place their children in a grade level that is consistent and commensurate with the work levels they are coming from and where they will go after ISL. That said, if your stay in Luxembourg will be of longer or indefinite duration, then it’s probably fine or even advisable to keep your kids with their same age peers and let them learn at the pace set by the school, because in the long run you will probably be pleased with the results. My earlier praise of the lower school programs for history and science stands true today, and the school does an outstanding job of taking concepts from the classroom and extending learning through the arts (ex: a learning unit on water and rivers was incorporated into their art classes and through onstage performances and singing.) The school does an amazing job at giving the children real world learning opportunities through field trips to see events and locations in Luxembourg and the surrounding countries. Early years and 1st graders stay local with half day trips to the post office, LuxLait Milk factory and Luxembourg Air Rescue. 2nd graders study ancient Rome, act and sing onstage for a performance about Roman life, and take day trips to ruins of ancient Roman baths and reconstructed Roman villas in Germany. A highlight of the 5th grade is a 5-day hiking and outdoor adventure trip in Switzerland. 6th graders went overnight to Euro Space Camp in Belgium and got to experience weightlessness and actual flight simulation exercises used to train astronauts. 7th graders this year will go on a trip to Normandy. They really do a great job of getting the kids out there! My children are a bit older since my first report, so my perspective has grown. I have to say I am very impressed with the middle school curriculum. In the 6th grade, they have the option to take German as well as French. They have Social Studies units on Ancient Civilizations (Egypt, China, Mesopotamia); Cultures in Conflict (ex: learning about current events such as the troubles in Syria); and World Religions. I think American schools tend to shy away from these controversial subjects, especially at the elementary school level. So I am thrilled with the kind of sophisticated global perspective my kids are gaining. Kudos to ISL for introducing the students to engaging and provocative topics, and for encouraging the children to develop a greater understanding and respect for the diversity of views and experiences that exist in the world around them, and within the school community itself. I am also highly impressed by the school board (all highly talented and successful executives) and its vision, motivation and intent to improve the school and work with the administration to ensure that ISL delivers one of the most highly respected educational programs in the international school system. ISL, like every other school, has its challenges, and there is always room to grow and improve. My personal knowledge of international schools is limited to Luxembourg, but in speaking with parents who have looked at international schools elsewhere, ISL is apparently one of the most robust, with its combination of learning programs, campus and facilities, and the opportunities that come with its centralized western European location. The longer I am here, I grow increasingly more satisfied and confident in the value of the experience and education my children are getting at ISL. I would still caution parents of lower school children (particularly American and possibly British) that if you are only here for a couple of years, with the different approaches to the pace and content of learning between ISL and schools in your home country, it is possible for your kids to fall into a gap with the transition back home. How to address that will vary with each individual. But overall, I think ISL has improved, and is actively growing and striving for excellence. My kids are happy here, I’m impressed with the things they know and are learning, and ISL is making a very positive impact on their lives. I will update this again when we have moved on from Lux, and have more to offer from the experience of transitioning to a different school/country (probably the US.) I will definitely look for schools with an IB program. Meanwhile, I hope this report is more balanced now and helpful to those who read it. Good luck!
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