Moving abroad with children

Kids Moving Abroad

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It’s a cliché that kids take a move abroad in their stride. That might seem true when you look at the big picture, but the transition period can be really tough for a child. The move is not their choice, and they may feel powerless and angry. And they might find it hard to share all their thoughts and feelings with you (age 6-16). 

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Of course as a parent you want the best for your children, and you worry about how they’ll cope with a move abroad. Our kids' programme helps you set the worries aside, because you know your child has had the special attention he or she needs to come to terms with saying goodbye, and to get the best out of your family adventure. 

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A day packed with fun facts and hands-on activities. The programme runs in conjunction with the parents' programmes, Country Culture Programme or Intercultural Business Insights.

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Fun fact finding
Cooking, craft, and a quiz for Mum and Dad 
Dealing with feelings, saying goodbye, keeping in touch
A VIP visit to KIT's award-winning Tropenmuseum (for courses in Amsterdam)

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Concurrent with parents' schedule.

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Amsterdam, Boston, Hong Kong, Shanghai.

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KIT Intercultural Professionals
Kids moving abroad

One- or two-day programme to prepare children for a move to a new country.

A child-centred introduction to a new country, with a specialised kids’ trainer supported by country experts. Packed with fun facts and answers to burning questions, plus emotional issues like how to say goodbye. By taking children seriously, we take the worry out of moving abroad.

  • One or two days with a kids’ trainer plus country specialists
  • Fun activities – cooking, craft and a quiz for Mum and Dad
  • Dealing with feelings
  • Fact finding
  • Combines with adult programmes – learning for all the family
  • Day care available for younger children


Who is it for?
Children aged 6-16 moving abroad with their parents.

“At first I was sad we were going. now I’m looking forward to an exciting adventure!”

Why?
It’s a cliché that kids take a move abroad in their stride. That might seem true when you look at the big picture, but the transition period can be really tough for a child. The move is not their choice, and they may feel powerless and angry. And they might find it hard to share all their thoughts and feelings with you.

Of course as a parent you want the best for them, and you worry about how they’ll cope. Our kids programme helps you set the worries aside, because you know your child has had the special attention he or she needs to come to terms with saying goodbye, and to get the best out of your family adventure.

What countries?
We can provide training for any country in the world, supported by our network of more than 350 country specialists.

Where?
Our Amsterdam, Boston or Shanghai offices/training centres or on location by arrangement.

The programme

  • Welcome

    Meet your trainer and hear about what you’ll be doing as the day goes on.
     
  • Fact finding

Find out about the country you’re moving to, online or in books. Your trainer will guide you to the information you’d like to know most.

  • Ask the expert

A country specialist will tell you all about the new country, the special things you can do there, and what life is like for children. The specialist will be able to answer all your questions about the country, because he or she has lived there for years.

  • Dealing with feelings

Moving abroad is totally cool. And sad, and scary. Your trainer will talk to you about how it feels. You’ll hear about saying goodbye to friends and family, keeping in touch, getting used to a new home and a new school, and making new friends.

  • Cooking

What’s the food like in the country you’re going to? A great way to find out is to try cooking dish from the country yourself. Luckily, round the corner there’s a market with food from all over the world, where you can buy the ingredients. And your parents can taste the delicious results.

  • School, language, music

You’re going to a new school. Again, cool… but scary. The more you know, the less you’ll worry. Your trainer will talk to you about what to expect. You’ll also learn a few words in the language of the country you’re going to, and hear what the music is like.

  • Quiz your parents

Using everything you’ve learnt, you’ll make a quiz or presentation for your parents. Do they know as much as you do?

 

What are the results?

  • Children feel more secure about the move, and shift their focus away from worries to the positive aspects they can look forward to. By forming a clearer picture about what to expect, and talking about their feelings, they feel more in control.
  • Parents feel reassured that their children are better prepared to cope with the emotions of saying goodbye, making new friends, and adjusting to a new environment.
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KIT Intercultural Professionals, support office │ tel.: +31(0)20 5688554 │ e.: intercultural@kit.nl
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