Sur­vival tips

Living France - - LIFESTYLE -

CON­TIN­GENCY FUNDS “Hav­ing bought a house with a mort­gage, we made sure that we would be able to get by for a year and a half,” ex­plains Teo. “You need that con­tin­gency be­cause you can’t just turn up and get a job – it doesn’t work like that, es­pe­cially in a ru­ral area. I think a year is re­ally the min­i­mum that you must al­low your­self enough money to get by.”

GET IN­VOLVED “I joined all the clubs in the vil­lage – art class, sewing, yoga,” says Les­lie. “Most peo­ple were much older than me but at least I had some con­tact and I was speak­ing French. Fi­nally, the lan­guage just seemed to slot into place a bit bet­ter, and now I can get by.”

TAKE YOUR CHANCES “The first time I worked for my com­pany, the boss called me at 7am, say­ing I needed to be in the next town to start at 8am,” says Teo. “He then took me on as a tem­po­rary worker for four months be­fore tak­ing me on per­ma­nently.

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