The world is full of opportunities, but some of those opportunities are in other countries. Making the decision to work overseas is difficult and it is made even harder if you have a family. No one wants to be separated from their spouse and kids for long periods, but the other choice is to bring them with you. Moving your family causes a lot of changes and the interruption of your children’s education. For this reason, many people miss out on good careers and positions. But this does not need to be the case. There are good international schools in almost any country and usually several in every major centre. International school is not a disadvantage. In fact, it can be a better learning environment than government schools in your home country.
- The Benefit of Multiculturalism: In an international school, your child will become familiar with the culture of your host nation, but also the cultures of the other children at the school. Every country brings their unique qualities to the table and having experience with many cultures will bring your child a type of wisdom that is transcendent. The younger they begin; the more effective the experience will be. Enrolling in a primary international school is an opportunity for growth that your child could never get in an ordinary government school.
- Command of English: One of the primary benefits of international schools is the opportunity for non-native English speakers to get real world experience and confidence in using English daily. As you know English is the language of business, and the most useful 2nd language to have for a traveller. International schools usually insist on excellent usage of English, as well as providing language training in the national language as well.
- High Quality Education: International schools are usually considered top level schools. This means that the students have access to the best teachers. And the learning takes place in modern facilities with good infrastructure and a proven curriculum; very likely better than what they would have at home. International schools must prepare children from many different countries for their college careers. Universal success requires high standards and good procedures.
Enrolling your children in an international school, especially when quite young, should be seen as an advantage and a great opportunity. When considering a job in another country, do your research and make a careful decision. But the education aspect should not be the thing that holds you back. An international education is a gift that will benefit your children for the rest of their lives.