Finding a School For Your Children Before Relocating Overseas
If you and your family are moving overseas, you’re probably doing a lot of planning. Between finding a new home, making sure all your documentation is in order and arranging to get your pets from one place to another, there’s a lot of things to remember. With everything going on, don’t forget about finding a school for your children.
The Research Process
The first thing you need to do when trying to find a school is actually finding a school. This can be difficult when you’re thousands of miles away. If you’re relocating overseas, there’s probably a reason – you may have gotten a new job or want to be closer to family. Whatever the case, reach out. Ask your family or your new boss about schools in the area. You also have the whole internet at your disposal – visiting a school’s website will give you a lot of information and will allow you to find contact information for headmasters and staff.
The biggest immediate problem that arises with international travel is the language barrier. If your family is relocating overseas to an area that doesn’t speak your language, work on finding a school that offers an English education or has a program that can help your children gradually assimilate to the normal classroom after starting to learn the local language.
While traveling with children, it’s easy to see that some areas are very accepting of different kinds of people, but other areas aren’t. Your children have a right to feel safe in their new school, so talk to them about this during your family travel time. Teachers should be reliable and efficient when disciplining children – race, language barriers and other cultural differences shouldn’t have any affect on relationships between teachers and students. If you know anyone in the area, ask about safety issues. If you don’t, try researching the school online and reading reviews from parents.
All countries handle religion in schools differently, so remember not to expect all schools to keep faith and education separate after traveling overseas. If religion is important to you, ask schools about their beliefs and what they teach.
When relocating overseas, finding a school for your children is hard. Talk to anyone and everyone you know in the area, and make sure to research language, safety and religious issues.