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A reader commented on the Expat Report Living in Zug, Switzerland
Living-in-Zug
What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?
There's an Internatioanl Women's club which is quite extensive. Some members are too high brow for us (lots of very wealthy wives!) but also lots of mums and kids activities. My neighbour goes to the business forum meetings from teh same club and finds them informative - but they are really aimed at working women not SAHMs.

Our relocation company had a get-together just after we arrived for people new to the area and that was very helpful - nice to meet people in the same boat! They also found some families with similar family situation (we have a disabled child) for us and that has been very good.

Language lessons are good - we got a list from the agent when we arrived with some tips about each school. We went for a big class - was good to meet people but was slow. Now we have a private teacher. (Continue)

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zug is great, i love it! Has a gym, 2 cinemas, lovely lake and a good balance between the life in a city and the need for getting away.
leanneza replied recently with:
Hi all My husband and I are looking to move to Switzerland in the next year or 2 and are researching places to stay. We are both in early 30s and don't have children. Is Zug an option for us? It sounds like more of a family place for young children- should we be looking closer to Zurich- are there restaurants, a cinema, a gym etc in Zug? Any advice would be great. We like the outdoors and do not have to live in the city, but need a good balance of social life/ outdoor activity.
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movetozug commented on the Expat Report Moving to Zug, Switzerland
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What advice would you give someone preparing to move to your area about the actual move, choosing a neighborhood and finding a home?
Get help from a good relocation agent before you come!!!! Ask as many questions as you can think of (no question is too small or silly), try to learn a bit of German (although the Swiss love to practice their english), get involved in a local networking club even if you are not a club-type person - there is a Women's Club in Zug (www.ziwc.ch) which is OK - many different types of activities and people and you can pick and choose.

Let your agent advise you on areas - but try to find something not too far away from the school your child will go to - helps the child as well as increasing the chances for car pools!!! (Continue)

movetozug replied most recently with:
Thanks for the advice so far. My husband and i are considering moving to Zug (as the taxes are lower) for his work in Zurich. We're just the two of us (for now). What area would you reccommend for us, in Zug itself which would be suitable for a couple and near some nightlife.
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Review of International School of Zug and Luzern in Zug, Switzerland
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How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
ISZL operates on three age specific campuses in the Cantons of Zug and Luzern.

The Zug Campus (Primary and Middle School  Pre-School to Grade 8)

The Zug Campus is located on the outskirts of Baar in the Canton of Zug. The main building, the Wettinger House, was constructed in the late 17th century and is surrounded by modern spacious classroom buildings. The facilities include two gymnasiums, a computer centre, science laboratories, two libraries, music rooms, a cafeteria and dining hall. Additionally, the school has two fully equipped outdoor playgrounds and an all-weather playing field.

The Luzern Campus (Primary School  Pre-School to Grade 5)

The Luzern Campus is located in Kastanienbaum on the outskirts of the town of Horw, ten minutes from the city of Luzern. The main school building, Villa Krämerstein, is set in its own grounds on the edge of Lake Luzern. With modern classrooms, fully-equipped playground and library, the Luzern Campus provides an excellent international primary school education for students living in Luzern and its surrounding areas.

The Riverside Campus (High School  Grades 9 to 12)

The Riverside Campus is located in the heart of Zug in a beautiful 18th century lakeside villa. The facilities include three science laboratories, a computer centre, two art studios, music room, dance/drama studio as well as a vaulted library. Additionally the school has an all-weather hard court and its own fully equipped boat house with direct access to the lake of Zug.

Outdoor Education Centre

In the summer of 2008 ISZL bought Chalet Bergheim, a beautiful purpose-built wood chalet located in the famous mountain village of Wengen, in the heart of the Berner Oberland. Chalet Bergheim has numerous generously sized en-suite rooms, a lounge, a multi-purpose classroom, lecture theatre and dining area. With spectacular mountain ranges, 213 kilometers of prepared ski slopes, hiking trails, waterfalls, glaciers and the Lauterbrunnen gorge all in close proximity, Chalet Bergheim offers our students endless opportunities for class trips, winter sports, exploration and outdoor learning.

The school offers a wide variety of extra curricular activities for all ages. (Continue)

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A reader commented on the Expat Report Moving to Zug, Switzerland
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What advice would you give someone preparing to move to your area about the actual move, choosing a neighborhood and finding a home?
I would say - GET HELP! And if you don't feel comfy with the people your company gives you to help you, then find your own (we used Le Concierge in the end and are really glad we did). The whole thing is pretty personal and the first people we had were jsut interested in getting "bodies in spaces" in their jargon.

Also, ask as many questions as you can while you are on the area tour. We asked about everything from local politics to buying special food for our wheat-alergic baby and I am so glad we did while we were in the car with Peter or Nicki. It was amazing what they could just tell us from their own knowledge and it helped us so much.

Take a notepad with you and write everything down as it's not possible to remember so much information when everything is new.

Look at areas outside Zug as well as in it. The tax differences can be off-set by the housing prices. Our HR department didn't tell us this and at first we panicked when we saw the Zug prices! (Continue)

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Hi there, Just wanted to know which town in Zug you live in? We are looking at a possible move and wanted to know the best place outside of Zug, one with a few expats etc. Thanks
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Expat Report Jobs in Zug, Switzerland was published
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What advice would you offer others about finding jobs and working abroad?
Speak the language (Continue)
A reader commented on the Expat Report Review of International School of Central Switzerland in Zug, Switzerland
Review-of-International School of Central Switzerland
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
The facilities are all brand new. The school has been purpose built. Each classroom has an interactive whiteboards with all children having access to a laptop. (Continue)
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We have also sent our 7 year old son to ISOCS last year and have been very happy about it from the beginning. What differentiates ISOCS I think is really the individual attention each child gets, which is extremely important when you are in a new environment. It took him only a couple of weeks to adjust and after that there was considerable improvement in his adoptation. The teachers are very knowledgable, sincerely trying to help and overall atmosphere is "family like". Mrs. Jax is doing a great job in finding good teachers, arranging clubs and growing the school. They keep regular blogs about what the kids are doing at school, which is also helping family members back home to follow. We are extremely happy as well!
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Expat Report Moving to Zug, Switzerland was published
Moving-to-Zug
What advice would you give someone preparing to move to your area about the actual move, choosing a neighborhood and finding a home?
GET HELP before you commit to anything and don't be pushed by any agents or HR people into making decisions!

There is choice in the field and we think it is really important that you feel comfortable with your agent as they are going to get to know A LOT about you and your family!!

Find an agent that doesn't work on commission - ours didn't and so we were shown flats ranging from SFr 2000 - SFr 5000 a month and weren't pressured into choosing either way.

Ask around in your company for advice and tips - and don't think you have to take the relocation agent that your HR department works with.

Ask as many questions as you want - we must have mailed Peter almost daily at one point and he answered every single one of our questions thoroughly and quickly - really a great guy!

Try to remember that people have been living in Switzerland for hundreds of years and no exapt has yet starved (as far as we know!) - so don't stress if you can't find your fav cereal - take a step and try a Swiss one. Some of them are surprisingly good!

And a really useful thing that Peter's wife said was - "Milk drink" in the supermarket is actually semi-skimmed milk! Such a small thing but it really helped us!

Hope this helps someone! (Continue)

Expat Report Info about Zug International Women's Club in Zug, Switzerland was published
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It is not always easy being a foreigner and a woman in Switzerland. Being a member of Zug International Women's Club (ZIWC) can help you in so many ways. Use your membership! Get involved and join the fun! Our goal is to enrich each others lives  no more and no less! (Continue)
Expat Report Living in Zug, Switzerland was published
Living-in-Zug
What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?
Even if you are not a "club" person join the Zug international Women's Club or the Men's Club.- You don't have to join in everything but you will meet a lot of different people - our relocation agent got us membership which was great. Hang out at the park in Cham on nice days - loads of expat mums down there and easy to meet others esp. if you have littel children (park is called Villette btw.) (Continue)
Expat Report Review of International School of Zug in Zug, Switzerland was published
Review-of-International School of Zug
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
Swimming once per week, occasional ice skating in the winter, German language class, music class, art class for upper grades, gym, hot lunch, computer lab, library- ALL of these once per week (or more) during school.

After school activities include pottery club, sewing and crafts, art, Brownies, soccer, cooking and more (but I only remember the ones my young daughter is interested in).

Private music instruction is available through the music department and is quite impressive. (Continue)

Expat Report Moving to Zug, Switzerland was published
Moving-to-Zug
What advice would you give someone preparing to move to your area about the actual move, choosing a neighborhood and finding a home?
  • Contact the International Women's Club (Zug or Zurich) or the PTA/PTO of the various international schools for advice.
  • There is little choice only, be prepared for this and not too depressed.
  • Make sure you choose a house you will be happy to live in, you will spend a lot of time there!
  • The Swiss are friendly but very distanced, however they love to practise their English at all times!
  • Outdoors facilities are abundant, make sure you have a car to use them.
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