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.