I'm an expat Mum, been out of the UK for 10 years and my 2 DC's were born here in Portugal.
The local state schools are dire in our area so we have made the decision to send them to a private international school nearby. It's great, small classes, DC settled in very well, educationally really good, but the language of instruction and playground language is English.
Am trying to maintain their level of Portuguese but it's really tough. We speak English at home, friends out of school are English etc.
Has anyone lived abroad for any period of time and managed to maintain the second language without it being through school?
DH thinks they will 'just pick it up' but I'm not so sure.
They are primary age at present so I'm thinking that as they get older, there will be more options for out of school activities, non English friendships etc.