By World Family Education and April Remfrey
It’s not always easy to find good educational options for your child while living internationally. Sometimes asking for professional help is the best way to determine your child’s needs and how to meet them in your setting.
An educational consultant can offer educational advice or guidance to handle a variety of challenges. These include:
For these issues, a consultant or coach with international experience and qualifications in education is a great partner to have. Look for a consultant well versed in your home country’s educational system so they know what you are coming from and returning to. Ideally they would have been trained, credentialed, and experienced in the educational system of your home country (or similar system). It would also be good for them to understand the national and international educational system of your host country.
If you need a consultant to write an individualized educational plan (IEP) to be used in a school or homeschooling, they should be trained and licensed accordingly.
In certain cases, your company or organization may provide an educational consultant, so be sure to ask if they do. Some international moving companies offer an educational transition component to their services. And of course, independent consultants working around the world offer their expertise.
Special Needs Consultants
A family having a child with special needs can benefit greatly from working with a consultant trained and experienced in your child’s exceptionality. He or she can help you answer questions related to educational challenges while living internationally, such as:
An experienced educational consultant may be exactly what your family needs to navigate these challenges and thrive in your current location.
Services Consultants May Provide
Consultation and coaching services can be done in person or remotely via emails or calls. A consultant typically offers support in three time frames:
The cost of these services varies depending on the type of service, length of service, and specialization of the service.
The Consultation Process
Depending on the help needed, consulting can be delivered in a variety of ways. April Remfrey describes the consulting process she typically takes families through to find and work with a school in their location. She specializes in helping families with children having special needs who are relocating internationally.
April Remfrey is an American special needs consultant living and loving life in Switzerland. April helps globally mobile families as they search for the best school for their child with special needs. www.remfreyeducationalconsulting.com
Educational Coaches and Consultants
Educational consultation services known to World Family Education are listed below. If you know of services for international families that should be added to our directory, contact us.
Disclaimer: The resources listed here are included as a service to families living internationally and do not constitute endorsement by World Family Education.
Anchor Education — Educational consulting services and conferences for expatriate parents, students, other individuals and companies, primarily in Africa and the Middle East.
Services in Asia for Family Education (SAFE) — Services, consulting, and conferences for homeschooling English-speaking Christian expatriates in Asia.
Bilingual Monkeys — Personal coaching for parents seeking to maximize their child’s bilingual development.
Carolyn Rizzo — Coaching for parents living internationally who either have a medical diagnosis of their own or a child with a life-altering health condition or injury. She also offers consultation on age-appropriate education and preparation for medical procedures (especially with kids who have special needs). Based in Italy.
Crisfield Educational Consulting — Supports parents raising bilingual children with seminars and information related to language learning.
Deborah Kramlich firstname.lastname@example.org — Consulting for families who are educating children in another culture and/or language, including language acquisition, learning disabilities, and transition to university.
Grace International School (Chiang Mai) Extension Services — Consulting and resources for Christian worker expats homeschooling in Thailand.
Hand in Hand Resources and Consulting — U.S.-based counseling for individuals and families who need help with international transitions.
Prior Learning — Consulting with international families and schools about special needs, gifted, and talented educational services.
Remfrey Educational Consulting — Special education consulting for international families.
RNG International Educational Consulting — Comprehensive educational planning and solutions for international families facing a variety of issues, such as learning differences, struggling learners, transition to university, finding a boarding school, and more.
SHARE Education Services — Services, consulting, and conferences for English-speaking Christian workers living in Europe, Russia, Central Asia, and the Middle East.