Do people ever take their partner on a year abroad?

I just wondered if anybody else has done the same thing and if so, can you give any advice? My partner and I have been together 3 years and already live together so obviously, I don't wanna leave him behind! I'm a bit concerned for him in regards to support and getting work etc. Any help would be great!

This question was asked on 11th August 2014 and has been read 1990 times.

  • Prof. Mike Kelly · 6 years ago

    Some people do, but it is quite rare. It requires a lot of planning and probably some sacrifices. Every couple is different in what they can do or what they want to do.

    The most heroic I have seen was a mature student who took her husband and three children off to a small French town. She had an assistantship, the kids went to a local school and the husband got a part-time job in a hotel and taught English in the evenings.

    Another couple decided they would both go and teach. One of them had a British Council post in Peru and her partner found a temporary post teaching English in the same town for the year.

    Another student had a post in Germany and her partner managed to take a short career break for 3 months. She started on her own from October to Christmas, with visits home from time to time, and they lived together over there from Christmas to Easter, leaving only a few weeks of separation at the end.

    In each of these cases, the couple threw themselves into it as an adventure and an opportunity to do something different. It wasn't all plain sailing, as you can imagine, but they got such a lot out of it and the experience remained an important part of their life together.

    If you can both embrace the challenge, then go for it. If you can't, then better look at how best to manage a long distance relationship for the 8 or 9 months involved.

  • Ethan R Wilkinson · 6 years ago

    My wife and I have just got back from our year abroad in Spain and Italy! We got married in our second year of university (she is a fellow student at Cardiff University) and she had decided that she would take an interruption of studies and come with me. She doesn't study languages; she did a GCSE in Spanish and in her first year of university did a refresher's Spanish course.

    We also had a baby in the first semester of the year abroad in Spain! Preparation and planning is the key. We sorted out everything for both countries before we arrived; accommodation arrangements, nearest supermarkets etc and talking about everything so that we were both on the same page.

    My wife and I saw it as an adventure and we threw ourselves into the experience and we absolutely loved it! We met so many amazing people and my wife has come back with a very good knowledge of two new languages. We learned so much about ourselves as individuals and as a family. 

    You can read about our experiences on our blogs:

    Mine is

    My wife's is

    If you need any further information send me a message :)

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