3 Things to Consider When You Move Overseas with Children

A move overseas is a big step for any family. Adults can struggle with the move to a new country, so as you can imagine, it can be even tougher on children. That’s why it’s important to make some big decisions before you go and here are some things you’ll need to consider when you make a move.

1. Is it a good time to move them overseas?

Timing is everything when it comes to a successful move overseas. Many expats will tell you that the younger your children are, the easier it’ll be. This is because children are more adaptable at a young age. They can easily pick up the local language and make it easier to make friends. 

If you have older children, there’s no reason why you can’t still move abroad. Older kids will often find the move exciting, as they can appreciate the cultural differences and enjoy the experience of traveling. However, a move can be more difficult if they’re at a stage where they have exams or have only just settled into a new school. You’ll need to consider how to keep things consistent for them.

2. Where will they go to school?

Expats have a number of schooling options, such as:

  • International/British/American schools
  • Local schools
  • Home schooling
  • Hiring a private tutor/teacher

The option you choose will depend on the area you move to. In areas with lots of expats, there are usually more options. For example, you can find an international school in Bangkok, which can give your kids continuity in education. In contrast, it is possible not to be able to find an English-speaking school in some rural areas.

Local schools can vary in quality, depending on the country and location, and if your child gets their qualifications there, then they might not be recognised in your home country. That’s why it’s better to use an international school that follows a standard curriculum. 

3. What will they like about the new country?

If you want to get your child enthusiastic about a move, you’ll have to find something that they’ll love about the new place. Your child will be leaving behind their friends, hobbies, and life, so it’s important they have something to look forward to in the new place. 

Do some research on your destination. Are there local clubs your child can join? Will they be able to enjoy the beaches and the countryside? Can they go swimming several times a week? It’s important that your child knows there are going to be fun things to do when you move overseas so that they have something to look forward to. Check social media sites for expat groups, as they can give you advice on things to do.

Moving to a new country can be much more complicated if you have children. You want to ensure their lives aren’t disrupted, especially their education, and you’ll want to ensure they have something to look forward to when they arrive. If you do your research before you move and have everything in place, the process will be so much easier. 

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