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Relocating Abroad

Relocating Abroad - the idea of packing your bags and moving to the other side of the globe can be exciting and overwhelming at the same time.

Life of a figure skater is hectic enough, but sometimes unexpected changes happen and you need to adjust on the spot. The need to step up your training and move overseas because that's where your chosen Coach teaches... that can mean and immediate packing session.

Moving Abroad - First Things First...

If you are switching countries and will now represent another nation, that's an entirely different topic, one that we address here. If you are moving abroad because that's where your chosen Coach is, here is what you need to know.

    Crossing the border
  • Is the new Biometric Passport needed to enter the country where you will be training or will the regular passport be enough?
  • Do you need a Travel Visa to enter the country?
  • What kind of Visa will allow you to stay for an extended period of time?
  • Do you need to get the Visa in your country of origin, or can you apply for it at your point of entry (destination)?
  • What's the longest period of time that you can remain there legally using your Visa?
  • What are the documents that you will need to cross the border? (other than your passport)
  • What are the items that you can legally bring into the country?
  • What amount of cash can you legally bring into the country?
  • Do you need Travel Insurance?
  • If traveling by plane, do you need trip cancellation insurance?

    Money and Banking when Relocating Abroad 

  • What is the currency I will be using and what is the money exchange rate?
  • How much cash do I need to bring with me for the first few weeks?
  • Will I be able to open an account there?
  • What documents will I need to open a banking account?
  • Will my Debit Cards and Credit Cards work there?
  • How will my family send money to me?
  • How and where will I receive it?
  • How will it be converted and what will the cost be?
  • Should I use and what are the specific fees at both ends?
  • Should I use ING Direct?

    Settling down

  • How will I get from the airport to my hotel?
  • Is there a bus, a shuttle or will I need a taxi?
  • What is the approximate cost to travel from the airport to my hotel?
  • Where will I be staying the first few days?
  • What options do I have when it comes to accommodations?
  • What are the lease options (short and long term rentals)
  • What types of rental apartments are there?
  • Where can I rent or buy furniture?
  • What documents will I need to rent an apartment?
  • What kind of deposits will I be required to provide to rent an apartment?
  • What information will I need to set up the utilities?
  • What are the typical terms of a rental agreement?
  • What does my rental agreement include?
  • What will be the monthly cost of utilities?
  • Do I need renter's Insurance?
  • What are my responsibilities and obligations as a tenant?
  • How do I pay rent every month? Money transfer? Direct Deposit? Cash? 
  • Will I get receipts? 
  • Is there funding available for skaters like me?

    Training Arrangements

  • How do I get from home to the arena and back?
  • Does my training contract cover the ice-fees and off-ice training?
  • If not, what are the ice-fees and how do I pay them?
  • What are the monthly membership fees at the local gym and what's included?


  • What kind of Medical Insurance do I need and what will the cost be?
  • Do I want to continue my studies there? 
  • Am I allowed to do so?  
  • Will I need a Student Visa?  
  • How do I apply for one and what's involved? 
  • What documents do I need to bring with me to continue my education?
  • What medical documentation do I need to bring with me?

Relocating Abroad - Packing

Packing - what to bring? This is rather straight forward, but if you are like me… packing, (even if you just go for a week in Cuba), could become a real chore.

You are relocating abroad, hopefully for a longer period of time; your packing list will depend on your mode of transportation. If you are traveling by plane, you will just pack the necessities, things that are crucial to your new life abroad, things that may be necessary and not easily replaced on the other side of the ocean. All the stuff that you need or want to have with you that will fit into one or two small suitcases.

If you have the luxury of traveling by car (even if it will take two weeks to get there) you can take a bit more with you, assuming that you did check the list of items that can be brought into the country and know the requirements and procedures to bring them across the border.

Are They Ready to Move Overseas?

No matter what age you are, the thought of leaving your life behind and moving to another country can be a bit daunting. Exciting, for sure, but also scary. If you are a parent, and your skater is moving to the other side of the globe, no matter if they are 15 or 25, you will endure few sleepless nights, at least during the first few weeks.

Are they ready to go? relocating abroad

Are you ready to let them go?

This is not an easy question to answer. They need to allow themselves the chance to try, and you need to let them go. Figure skaters are a resilient bunch; usually they are hard working goal-setters with a clear outlook on their future. The thought of relocating far from home may be petrifying at times, but this is what they need to do to succeed. So they do it.

Plain and simple.

All we can do is to stand back admire the perseverance and determination and wish them luck and Bon Voyage!

We have contact with International skaters currently training in Detroit, Novi, Ann Arbor, Canton, Colorado Springs, Calgary, Barrie, Toronto, Odintsovo, Warsaw & Gdansk. If you would like to find out how those skaters managed their relocating abroad, please fill out the form below; we will try to put you in touch with those who may provide more information.

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