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If you are (or plan to be) an expat living in Spain, please find below a list of expat clubs, schools, general links for women living in Spain, country information and more...
 
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American Society of Barcelona (ASB)
http://www.amersoc.com
Functions as a non-political and non-profit organization and strives to be the focal point for people who are interested in developing and maintaining business and social relationships in an international environment.
 
American Women's Club of Madrid
http://www.awcmadrid.com/
Founded as a charitable, non-profit organization in March of 1954. Throughout the years, the club has been a meeting place for an interaction between women of all nationalities. And since the beginning, the members of AWC Madrid have served the community through personal activities and by raising funds to support a multitude of charitable organizations.
 
Barcelona Newcomer's Club
http://www.barcelonanewcomersclub.com/
A group for newcomers, expats and residents of Barcelona who enjoy meeting other people and sharing experiences. Our goal is to present all that Catalunya has to offer, through the participation of those born and bred here, recently-arrived expats and long-time residents.
 
Barcelona Women's Network
http://www.bcnwomensnetwork.com/
An international group of women who live in and around Barcelona. We meet to socialise, do business, support each other and above all, enjoy life in and around this vibrant city.
 
Costa Women
http://costawomen.ning.com/
Costa Women is a social network community for expat women living on the Costa del Sol. The site has been set up to build a community of women to share friendship, support and knowledge about living on the Costa.
 
International Women's Club of Barcelona
http://www.iwcbarcelona.com
A multinational network open for all English-speaking women. Our aim is to provide a welcome environment, to establish friendships, enhance knowledge, and offer support when needed. The IWCB has been a successful voluntary organisation in Barcelona for nearly 60 years.
 
Mallorca Ladies Club
http://www.mallorcaladiesclub.com/
The Mallorca Ladies Club is a place for social and business networking. They welcome ladies who want to make new friends, who may be new to the Island, who want to expand their business, or who just want to socialise with likeminded people.
 
Newcomers Club - Spain
http://www.newcomersclub.com
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Absolute Barcelona
www.absolutebarcelona.com
A new site for expatriates, residents and visitors. It features forums and, a rich business directory.
 
Baleares Women's Business Association (ASEME)
http://www.asemebaleares.org
Also known as the La Asociación Española de Mujeres Empresarias de Baleares. They claim to be the oldest women's business Association in Spain and to be of great help to women with businesses in the area. They are now inviting international business women into the group. (Spanish-speaking group)
 
Barcelona City
http://www.bcn.es/english/ihome.htm
Information about Barcelona
 
Barcelona Connect
http://www.barcelonaconnect.com/
For all the info on nightlife, living and enjoying Barecelona.
 
Barcelona Metropolitan
http://www.barcelona-metropolitan.com/
The city's magazine in English.
 
Costa Blanca Expats
http://www.costablancaexpats.net/
A Website of resources to assist British expatriates on The Costa Blanca.
 
Costa Blanca Live
http://www.costablancalive.info
Information for expats living in the Costa Blanca.
 
English Speaking Residents Association on Mallorca
http://www.a2zmallorca.com/detail/1638.htm
Website and expat group for English speakers in Mallorca.
 
Expatica Spain
http://www.expatica.com/es/main.html
The international community's home away from home on the web. It is a must-read for English-speaking expatriates and internationals across Europe, providing a tailored local news service and essential information on living in, working in or moving to your country of choice.
 
Expatriate Cafe
http://www.expatriatecafe.com
An online resource for English teachers in Spain, but it also features a forum with discussions of all aspects of expatriate life in Spain.
 
Explore Seville
http://www.exploreseville.com/
For anyone moving or living in Seville, a web site full of useful information.
 
Ibiza Belle
http://www.iza-belle.com/
Covers all aspects of moving to Ibiza, such as driving, finding employment and accommodation, beach reviews and local services.
 
Ibiza Spotlight
http://www.ibiza-spotlight.com
Living and traveling in Ibiza
 
Information on Spain
http://www.searchandsurvey.co.uk
Information on moving to and living in Spain. Information useful to the expatriate on everything from employment, driving and schools to property and land laws.
 
International Newcomers Club of Madrid
http://www.incmadrid.org
A social club in Madrid, created by expats, for expats.
 
Just Landed in Spain
http://www.justlanded.com
This new site offers extensive information and services for foreigners coming to Spain, including info on legal issues such as visas and residencies, accommodation, banking, internet and more.
 
Kids In Barcelona
http://www.kidsinbarcelona.com
Essential guide for families living in Barcelona or visiting. Children's activities and shows, parks and playgrounds, schools and health, shopping and more. Online forum.
 
Lanzarote Information
http://www.lanzaroterelocation.co.uk
Anything and everything about living in Lanzarote. Free hints, tips, advice and experiences.
 
Living in Spain
http://www.spain-info.com
Living in Spain, working in Spain, permits in Spain and more!! All the information on living in Spain you could want.
 
Mad About Madrid
http://www.madaboutmadrid.com
An independent travel guide to Madrid and an expatriate resource, covering restaurants, architecture, bars, hotels, nightlife and museums.
 
Mas Amigos (for Swedes living in Spain)
http://www.masamigos.com/
 
MyDestination.com
http://www.mydestination.com/barcelona
http://www.mydestination.com/galicia
http://www.mydestination.com/ibiza
http://www.mydestination.com/mallorca
http://www.mydestination.com/marbella
http://www.mydestination.com/tenerife
My Destination is a global travel resource powered by a diverse community of local experts on the ground, providing unrivalled local knowledge and unique local deals.
 
Si, Spain
http://www.sispain.org/english/index.html
This interactive service "Sí, Spain" (3.0), promotes free exchange of information on Spanish current affairs and its historical, linguistic and cultural development.
 
SoberVillage Rehab
http://www.sobervillage.com/
SoberVillage is a rehab center based in Southern Spain, using the motto 'healthy body, healthy mind'. The program is a 12 step program with 40 years sobriety between the team. Free advice available.
 
Spain Expat
http://www.spainexpat.com
Spain Expat offers more information than ever before - information specifically for expats living in Spain or moving here such as finding apartments and real estate, connecting to the Internet, learning Spanish, currency exchange, health care & medical insurance, getting telephone service, VoIP for calling home cheaply, working & jobs in Spain, finding cheap flights, and one of our specialties: legal issues like visas and residency for expats.
 
Spanish Town Guides
http://www.spanish-town-guides.com/index.htm
All the information you need about Spain and Spanish cities such as: Madrid City; Malaga City; Granada City; Sevilla City; and Salamanca City. From tourist information about each Spanish town and city to all kinds of facts about Spain; how to buy a property in Spain and/or information about Spanish food and studying Spanish in Spain.
 
Tenerife Life
http://www.etenerife.com/
All about Tenerife, the largest of Spain's Canary Islands.
 
This is Valencia
http://www.thisisvalencia.com
The essential guide, in English, to Valencia, Spain's most exciting city. Everything you want to know - if you live here, if you are visiting or passing through- it's all here, at the click of a button.
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Almuñecar International School
http://www.almunecarinternationalschool.org

Aloha College
http://www.aloha-college.com

American School of Madrid
http://www.amerschmad.org

British Council School of Madrid
http://www.britishcouncil.es

British School Alzira
http://www.bsalzira.com

British School Of Valencia
http://www.bsvalencia.com

British Yeoward School
http://www.britishschooltenerife.com//

Caxton College
http://www.caxtoncollege.com

Colegio Europa International School
http://www.europais.com

El Limonar International School
http://www.ellimonarinternational.com

Europa International School
http://webeis.simply-webspace.es/

Hastings School
http://www.hastingsschool.com

International School Estepona
http://www.marbellaschool.com

International College Spain
http://www.icsmadrid.org/

International College Spain (ICS)
http://www.icsmadrid.org/

International School of Madrid
http://www.internationalschoolofmadrid.com/

King's College of Madrid
http://www.kingscollege.es
Los Olivos
http://www.school-losolivos.es

Lyceé Francais
http://www.lycee-francais-barcelone.com/

Mayfair International Academy
http://www.mayfairacademy.com

National Association of British Schools in Spain
http://www.nabss.org/

Newton College
http://www.newtoncollege.org

Oak House British School
http://www.oakhouse.es/portal/

Runnymede College
http://www.runnymede-college.com

Suland International School
http://www.sunland-int.com

The American School of Barcelona
http://www.a-s-b.com

The American School Of Valencia
http://www.asvalencia.org

The English Educational Centre
http://www.englishedcentre.com

The English International College
http://www.eic.edu

The English School
http://www.theenglishschool.es

The Lady Elizabeth School
http://www.theladyelizabethschool.com

Trinity School
http://www.trinityschool.cl/

Wingate School
http://www.wingateschool.com
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Spanish Property Today: Post-Boom Influences
 
 
Bringing a Car to Spain
 
 
Spanish School System
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Typically English
http://www.typicallyspanish.com/

El Pais
http://global.nytimes.com/?iht
Look for El Pais in the right hand column. Pages only available in.pdf.
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Looking for work in another country requires more than just the obvious CV translation. You will be confronted with issues that probably didn't even cross your mind when you decided to go for an international career, but don't underestimate the big impact they can have on the outcome of your adventure!
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Recruiting In The Spanish Job Market - 'Hasta Mañana'
Spain is hot! The economy is thriving, Spanish players have swiftly entered the global market place and the restructuring of the Spanish economy is progressing ceaselessly.
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Spain Map
Central Intelligence Agency, 2005
Location: Europe
Capital City: Madrid
Other Important Cities:
Alicante, Andalucia, Barcelona, Gibraltar, Granada, Ibiza, Malaga, Mallorca, Murcia, San Sabastan, Seville, Valencia
Currency: Euro €
Language: Spanish
Calling Code: 34
Internet TLD: .es
Electricity: 220V 50 Hz
 
Emergency Numbers:
 
Country Information
http://en.wikipedia.org

Country Study
http://lcweb2.loc.gov

Embassy Information
http://www.embassyworld.com
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These tips were kindly provided by volunteer Expat Women Mentors in 2007. ExpatWomen.com shares these tips in an effort to help but takes no responsibility for the accuracy of the information.
 
Provided by Carol R, American, in Roses, Spain
   
1.
Relax, things move slower here.
   
2.
Explore, there is no better way to get to know the area than getting lost.
   
3.
Be kind. The people can sometimes seem brash, but they are just shy.
   
4.
Laugh – don't loose your sense of humor. You are in another country experiencing all kinds of adventures.
   
5. Support, seek out a network of expats to share your ups and downs of your new cultural experience.
 
 
Provided by Vanessa V, British, in Sevilla, Spain
   
1.
Don't have unrealistic expectations; every country has its irritations. If you accept this before you go, it makes life a lot easier.
   
2.
Don't keep comparing the new country with your place of birth (or the place you lived previously). Embrace the differences and accept that it is these differences that will make your new country an enlightening experience. Every country has it's negatives aspects and usually when we move to a new country and are feeling homesick we forget all the things that used to get us down at home. Be fair to your new environment.
   
3.
Give yourself time to settle in. Once it stops feeling like a holiday, that's when things may get a little wobbly and you start pining for family and friends. Stick with it and accept this is part of the process.
   
4.
Learn some of the language, even if it's the very basics such as "thank you", "please", or "good morning." The locals will always appreciate your efforts however bad they may seem to you.
   
5.
Never travel back home for a holiday when you are feeling homesick, it will make you feel even worse about returning to your new country/home. Ride out the homesickness (it will pass without any warning) and then when you visit home you will enjoy your trip and also be happy to come back.
 
 
Provided by Debbie J, British, in La Murta, Murcia, Spain
   
1. Learn to be even more patient, things do happen in Spain, but in their own time.
   
2. Smile broadly at the attention Spanish men pay you - it's a compliment, really!
   
3. Anti-wrinkle sun protection is your friend, use it daily, even in the winter.
   
4. Talking about winter, it gets cold here too, so don't throw away all of your winter clothes.
   
5. And of course, you will have much more fun if you learn Spanish. ¡Te aproveche!
 
 
Provided by Laura G, Argentinean, Madrid, Spain
   
1. Get involved with Spanish culture.
   
2. Spanish is a must since most people do not speak any English.
   
3. Take time to know the city: it's easy and has a lot to offer.
   
4. Get used to commercial opening times (very restricted).
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