St. John’s International School recently asked expat parents what they expect to be the main benefits of the current expat assignment for their children. Expat assignments are excellent opportunities for advancing a career and for families to experience a different lifestyle in a foreign country, but what are the benefits for children?
The respondents were asked to provide up to 3 answers. More than 66% of respondents named cultural awareness as the main benefit of the family’s expat assignment. Second was learning other languages (52%) followed by traveling to different countries (46%).
Parents also see personality and character development as an important benefit of living abroad for a period of time. Having kids experience an international education during the posting is seen by more than 37% as a benefit for the children, while more than 35% agree that the opportunity to see new and exciting experiences is an advantage for their kids.
Last in the list in an increased family bond, often mentioned as a result of an expat posting but not seen as one of the main benefits by parents in this survey. This week, we are conducting the same survey with our High School students to see whether children’s expectations match up to those of their parents.