“When I first visited Vincerola I was especially intrigued by the fact that one of the classroom teachers, Achmed who comes from Egypt, is deaf and solely communicates with the children in sign language. When Ella joined the nursery interacting with Achmed was quite a challenge for her and it took her some time to understand that she needed to communicate with him in a completely different way.”
“Whether we’re learning about a famous local artist or an old monument, the kids see the look of curiosity and wonder in our eyes and they become instant students of whatever we’re learning. It’s honestly surprised me how much their love of learning has grown on this trip.”
Want to watch all your favourite TV programmes from back home? One expat Dad found a way and set up a business offering the service to others.
“At British Corner Shop, it is our mission is to provide British expats and British food lovers with their favourite household items, wherever they are in the world. Whether that’s Heinz Baked Beans or Warburtons Crumpets, we are committed to delivering the nations much-loved British favourites right to their door.”
“As Christmas approaches, we’re still not sure how the day will play out this year. We won’t have piles of presents under the tree nor Christmas parties to go to, but we will be together and we will be making new, wonderful memories and traditions.”
“If I could change one thing, it would be to have insisted on a meeting at the beginning of the school year, to ask about the processes in school – how the children are expected to be kitted out, what is the requirement in respect of uniform and sportswear, what are the rules for homework etc.”
Mum and photographer Raquel Ferreirinha, who moved from Berlin to Dublin and now lives in Italy in a house on a hill by the Adriatic sea, talks to MumAbroad about how to photograph children.
If you are moving to another country or you are doing business abroad, there are some cultural differences that you will need to take into account. Our partner Cigna Global have created this infographic that will take you through the different workplace customs around the world.
“Rather than going through the motions and just accepting things, without making an effort to change and adapt, you can embrace your inner child and get out there.”
Learning about the new culture and engaging with your new community can help children to adapt and have a smoother transition.
Granpreneur Michaela Hansen, founder of Granny Aupair, matches older ladies looking for the chance to travel, with families from around the world as ‘granny au pairs’.
“Our kids have gone from being English speakers, to German speakers, to French speakers and now back to English speakers. I realise that this is probably quite unusual, but it has given me some insight into the learning of languages, and what slumbers inside them.”