Making an international move is both exciting and intimidating. It provides you and your family with a unique opportunity to experience another culture and to immerse yourself in its traditions. When your children attend an international school, such as OWIS, they have the opportunity to learn and grow in a like-minded community that helps them feel comfortable and confident in their new home.
These tips will help you and your family get the most out of your time living in Singapore:
Get Social in Singapore
Connecting with other people who are going through similar life experience is a great way to feel like you fit into the larger Singapore community. For example, you may want to join a social network specifically geared toward expatriates in Singapore, such as ExpatSingapore or Or, you may want to meet up with other families who attend your child’s new international school in Singapore. One World International School offers many opportunities for its students and their parents to interact with one another.
Find a Community that Feels Like Home
Sometimes, feeling like you have a little bit of home in your new community is the best way to feel comfortable there. An international school is an ideal place for your children because they can meet other children from different countries going through a similar experience. In fact, they will likely find friends from their home country as well. In addition, parents will find opportunities to connect with other expatriate families at an international school.
Enjoy the Convenience of Public Transportation
Public transportation is clean, affordable and effective in Singapore. Be like a true local, and use it as often as you can to get around the city.
Eat the Local Food
Trying an authentic Singapore treat or eating at a restaurant that the locals love is an easy way to get a feel for the flavour of Singapore. You may even bring a new favourite dish home with you.
Explore the Surrounding Region
Living in Singapore means that the rest of Southeast Asia is within reach. Popular weekend excursions from Singapore include Cambodia, Indonesia and Malaysia.
Living in a new country is an experience that is unlike any other, but it’s important to remember that everyone wants to be around people who make them feel familiar and comfortable. By finding an international community filled with other expatriate families going through the same experience, you can enjoy this cultural immersion opportunity while also connecting with people who understand your journey.