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.
Money and Banking when Relocating Abroad
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.
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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