Going Local in Gran Canaria
How to Turn a Holiday Destination
into a Home


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Relocating with school-age children is more difficult than without them. They’ll be leaving friends behind, many of them they’ve been inseparable from since birth. Although your kids won’t have any trouble finding penpals.

Having worked in both the public and private educational sectors in Gran Canaria, I’m a fan of the colegios publicos (state schools) where pupils come from a variety of backgrounds, both racial and socio-economic. But you should sign up your children for Spanish lessons well before your move to familiarize their ears and mouths with what they’re going to be hearing/talking. Because, with
the exception of English, French, and German classes, teachers give lessons in the island’s native tongue.

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