It is definitely a rewarding experience for most of us to be able to live on this beautiful island  and enjoy the wonderful nature, climate, food, and the friendly and  peaceful  environment.  But being an expat has its own challenges. Visiting as a tourist is a very different experience than living  on  the  island. Being an expatriate  in a new environment  requires  a mental re-adjustment  in  order to be able  to meet the demands  of our new life, which is based on new  rules to which we must adapt.   


Fortunately, in Madeira we don’t face many of the  difficult challenges  that some Expats may face  in other countries such as  loneliness & difficulty socializing,  safety and security issues,  lack of housing, prejudices, and so on. Nonetheless, we need to learn cultural nuances, customs, mannerisms, and expectations. We  face challenges such  as the language barriers,  Relocation process, sorting out healthcare, banking, immigration  questions,  and overall bureaucracy.  As an outsider in a foreign land, these things can be difficult to understand and handle.


Helping helps!


It is important to educated oneself  and  prepare well  before moving to  a new country. But once  in  the new  place,  helping others and asking for help  is a good way to improve the expat-life-experience and make it easier  and more  pleasant.


It is for this reason  that  we have  built this group!  Madeira Relocation & Expat Services (MadRES)  was created to  help and ask for help! We  reach out  to consulting  specialists as  well  as  volunteers who are capable and willing to offer  their  time, expertise, knowledge and best  practices to empower  the community we  live  in  and people we serve.


We consult experts and gather useful  information  to share. We also filter providers of goods and  services and offer recommendation to whoever needs  those services  - These  recommendations are solely based  on quality, reliability and accountability and not on any monetary reward or incentive.


The Purpose of this group is not to make profit  or  charge huge sums for services. As much as possible, we  provide information and  recommendations  for no  charge. If however, we have to hire other experts and workers that  charge  for their  time, we will ask for fees to  cover the cost.


If  you would  like  to  contribute to this service by sharing any useful  information that you have  gathered,  or  recommending  reliable service providers or  even offering your own  expertise and time, please  contact us. This  group is all about  offering  and  receiving help!


Our mission  is to empower the community in  which we live, and  to give the  people  we  serve a better chance of  integration  in their  new home, while they step  outside  of  their comfort  zone to embrace this new home and make it a wonderful experience.


Welcome To  Madeira!