Review (via questionnaire) of previous cross-cultural experience including previous time abroad, language skills, local knowledge, relevant academic qualifications and leisure interests.

Discussion of family situation, priorities and objectives.

  • Local and national geography.
  • Local history and the history of Spain.
  • An overview of local and national politics.
  • The role of the monarchy and religion.
  • Working life and the local economy.
  • Values, customs, fiestas/holidays.
  • Food and cuisine.
  • Resources for foreign residents.
  • Leisure and cultural activities including travel, sports, clubs/societies, shopping, and other entertainment.
  • Taxation and general points about healthcare.
  • Neighborhood walking tour included to familiarize local services.