It's rarely easy having to move overseas for an employment opportunity. But it can be especially difficult if you happen to be part of the "sandwich" generation and the main caretaker for your elderly parents. Not only will you have to worry about how your children will deal with the upcoming move, but also how it will affect your parents. As you set about preparing for this big career opportunity and move, here are a few tips that can help everyone adjust to this big change.
Your Child's Education
Your children's education is very important. Fortunately, there are quality American schools available in many foreign countries. A list of some of these can be found on the United States Department of State's Office of Overseas Schools' website. These schools, which are provided assistance by the U.S. Department of State, offer an American-based curriculum. If there aren't any of these schools in the area you are moving to, you might consider looking into the following:
Finding Your Parents a New Place to Live
If your parents are currently living with you or are very dependent upon you and your family, you may need to figure out new living arrangements for them. More than likely, your aged parents will not want to pick up and move with your family to another country. In addition, you will probably not want your elderly parents with you if you have to move to a politically unstable or to a third-world country with poor health and sanitation infrastructure. For your parents, you might want to consider:
Should you rent out or sell your current house? A lot will depend on how long you think you will be out of the country. If you are on a short-term assignment -- one that will only last two to three years -- you may want to keep your house and rent it out. On the other hand, if you have no idea how long you will be out of the country or believe the move may be permanent, selling your house may make the most sense.
Moving out of the country can be logistically challenging, but -- in the end -- it can also be very rewarding. Your family will get to experience new cultures and discover new places.
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