Moving to a different country means a brand new start and, if you require removals to Switzerland or elsewhere in Europe, it also means making a new circle of friends. If you are moving abroad as a couple and it is your partner - rather than you - who is taking up a job in your host country, it may be harder for you to meet people with a common interest. If you are moving to Switzerland with children, you may get the opportunity to meet other parents when your offspring start school. However, it is generally more difficult to make friends if you work from home, or are a stay at home parent.
There are ways to make settling in easier and one is to take up a new hobby or to join a night class. This will not only help you increase your skills, but you will also have the chance to make new contacts. To help you, this article spotlights on some of the classes that you could take up after organising your European removals.
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Learning a New Language – Whichever canton you move to, to get the most out of your stay, it is always worth getting know at least some words or phrases of the language that is most common in your area. As the Swiss speak German, French, Italian and, less commonly, Rumantsch, you will want to learn at least one of these languages to help you put down your roots.
Language schools can be found in all the main cities, and some of the well-known names include The Language School of Alemania, which concentrates mainly on teaching German and runs beginners and intensive classes, the Bénédict-Schule Zürich, the Inlingua language school and the Berlitz Sprachschule, which all teach German, French and Italian. Of course, there are other organisations in Switzerland that offer language classes and you can find out more about this from adverts in your area, word of mouth, or online. You may also find teachers that organise small, private language classes in your area, or are willing to teach one-on-one. Learning the language in Switzerland is the first step towards making friends with the locals.
Sport – Another way to make new friends is to take up a new sport, and this way you can also get fit and keep active at the same time. There are all sorts of sports on offer in Switzerland, from the more unusual such as Hornussen, which has been described as a cross between golf and cricket, and the more common sports, such as tennis, football, cricket, golf, rugby, mountaineering, ice-hockey, skiing and snowboarding.
The Swiss are keen about sporting activities and as many as a quarter of the Swiss are a committed member of a sports club. Whatever sport you are interested in taking up, it is worth having a look online to find out about sporting clubs or activities in your area and there are expat sites with this information. You can find all sorts of classes including: Scottish dance, square dancing, Morris dancing, yoga and boot camps, all of which are a fun way to meet new people.
Hobbies – Once you have moved to Switzerland, you will find plenty of opportunities to take up a new hobby or join a new class that is of interest to you. Whether you would like to join a women’s group, discover more about the country’s food and wine, join an amateur dramatic group, or take up an art class, such as drawing or photography, this is a great way to hone your skills or learn something new. You never know where this will take you. If you are full of enthusiasm about your new hobby, in time you could even make a living out of it!
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