5 top tips for moving abroad with children

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We want to help make life easier for expat parents

At Cigna Global, we understand that moving abroad with children can be a challenge, and we want to help make life easier for expat parents.

Apart from financial factors; emotions and expectations need to be factored in before jumping in a plane to ensure a successful transition.

We have created this list with 5 top tips for moving abroad with children, to help you ensure that your relocation can be a beneficial experience for both you and your kids.

1) Be open and communicating with your children

The process of moving abroad can become stressful for expat children and being honest and open about the relocation will help to manage their expectations and ease some of the stress.

When researching about your new host country before your move, include your children in the learning process; show them pictures of the place and take them through some of the things that the new location will have to offer. Communicate openly with your children to asses any concerns they may have. Making them feel supported and reassured will help them to feel more ready for the change.

2) Find the right school

Finding the best possible education for your children will involve researching and planning in advance. Every country’s education system is different – make sure to find out about both local and international schools in your new location, and examine the benefits and disadvantages of each option. Doing your research in advance will allow you to make an informed decision and manage financial expectations.

International schools can be helpful for expat children who are unaccustomed to the language in their new host country. This type of school offers children the opportunity to learn the native language while being immersed in the culture, alongside peers from many other countries. International schools can also broaden prospects for further studies abroad, as they usually provide pupils the opportunity to choose between a local university and one in a different country.

3) Engage with the new culture

Learning about the new culture and engaging with your new community can help children to adapt and have a smoother transition. Encourage them to forge new friendships, and help them to do so by interacting with neighbours and locals in the area.

In addition to enrolling your children in a new school; take them to events nearby or get them to take part in local sports. These activities can present great opportunities for meeting locals and making new friends that can help children to settle and enjoy their new environment.

4) Maintain ties to your home country

It’s important to try and maintain strong ties to your home country, and for children not to lose contact with their roots. Keep in contact with family and friends at home by using helpful sites such as Facebook and Skype. Try to keep items like photos or objects from your home country in your new home abroad; this can help your children to keep memories alive.

Make sure you communicate constantly and openly about their home country, and help them to understand the difference with their country of residence or other places where they have lived abroad.

5) Ensure your family will be covered for healthcare

Ensuring that you and your family have a good health cover is vital, wherever you go. Be sure to understand the implications for expatriates in your new country of residence.

It’s also worth researching travel vaccinations and if there is anything extra that you can do to ensure the safety of your family. If you are eligible to receive subsidised healthcare in your host country, make sure you find out about any gaps or exceptions in your coverage.

Cigna Global

At Cigna Global, we can offer you a wide range of levels of expat medical insurance cover, with plans that can be tailored to your needs.

Everything we do is driven by our mission to help improve your health, well-being and peace of mind.

We help customers stay well, prevent sickness, get access to health care, recover from illness or injury, return to work and provide for their families.


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