The cost of living in Santiago de Chile

Is it expensive to live in Santiago de Chile? In a word: yes. OK, so prices aren’t anything like Switzerland, Angola or Japan, but salaries aren’t either. We love it here in Santiago de Chile. It’s great for small kids, the climate is fantastic and I adore the laid back vibe. But the quality of life doesn’t match other expat…
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All about nurseries, preschools and kindergartens in Santiago de Chile

Our first priority when we arrived in Santiago de Chile was to find a good kindergarten, or as they say in Chile, ‘jardin infantil’. Childcare is quite different here in Santiago, with many parents relying on the services of a ‘nana’ (nanny cum maid). Still, nurseries are a big thing here and I thought to list some of the major…
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How to survive with an allergy in Santiago, Chile

Living in Chile with an allergy is tough. I’ve been told by Expater friends that the same applies for much of Latin America. My two year old suffers from an intolerance to dairy products (a delayed cow’s milk protein allergy, a.k.a. CMPA to be precise). Sadly people here don’t seem to get the ‘allergy thing’. I wonder if the people…
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How to choose a good kindergarten

Creche, kindergarten, nursery, parvulario… call it what you like. An important developmental stage for children, a useful preparation for school, a life saver for parents… nurseries can be great. My sister in law is a super qualified childcare expert and when I got myself in a bit of a tizzy over which nursery to choose for my son, she reassured…
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