Thursday, 10 April 2014

Are you an expat mum or dad? We want to hear from you!

Starting a new life abroad is a big decision and the stakes are even higher when making the move involves bringing a family with you. Expat parents have their children’s happiness, education and well-being to consider when planning their new lives.

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“Who will my child’s friends be? Will he or she struggle to fit in or understand the local language? How do I go about arranging schooling or understanding healthcare here?” are just some of the questions running through a parent’s mind when considering the prospect of moving abroad.

Expat life can seem difficult, as much as exciting, when you have dependents to consider. That’s why we are inviting expat parents to participate in this year’s Expat Explorer survey and share with us their experiences of raising a family in another country.

On Monday, we launched the seventh annual Expat Explorer survey which is the largest global survey of expats. In 2013, over 7,000 people took part with the findings helping us form league tables looking at different areas of expat life, including the best places for expat families in the Raising Children Abroad league table.

On the interactive tool, parents can compare countries in terms of childcare, education, and children’s wellbeing and social lives. Last year’s results revealed that:

If you’re an expat raising children abroad then we want to hear from you! All you need to do is go to to take part and share your knowledge. The survey takes around 15 minutes to complete and will help others to really understand what expat life is like for you and your family.

Once you’ve completed the survey help us spread the word to fellow expat parents and friends by sharing the link and using the hash tag #EESurvey14.

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