A life learning experience Changing schools and adapting to an international or local curriculum can have a big impact on a child’s development. So it’s a question of finding the right educational experience for them. Education assistance If their children are happy, your employees are happier. And there’s nothing more likely to influence a child's happiness than a great experience at school. Crown people offer local advice on schooling for every age, including day care and pre-schools. Take a look at the possibilities before you go Most major destinations provide a good mix of schools, international, private and public. But experiences vary—as do fees. So we help employees to easily compare each school’s curriculum, entrance requirements and application procedures. This gives a flavor for each establishment and the options that are available to really help focus on their selection. To help you begin your research, our Relocation Consultants with specialist knowledge from years of industry experience have created "Education Guides." Each guide is an excellent tool that provides parents an in-depth understanding of the schooling system in some of the frequently selected locations for global assignments. Key topics covered include: • School options • Stages of schooling • Enrolment processes Inside information from your guides in the country In consultation with you, Crown will verify availability of school places. We can also arrange for school visits and accompany families where necessary. We help coordinate the admissions process, acting as go-between and keeping everyone informed of the application's status. Making the right connections Education has long been a priority at Crown. Through our commitment to communities we support schools around the world as well as internship programs. Intercultural Services — intercultural training Participants of Crown’s cultural programs find assignments extremely rewarding and are more likely to be successful, both personally and professionally. The confidence gained from learning how to communicate, and the satisfaction of integrating into the local culture, ensure a positive foreign experience and better performance. Intercultural Services also covers repatriation—often more challenging—and ensures you maximize the investment and learning for the assignment. Executive coaching, one-to-one Our programs are tailored to the specific challenges faced by executives, taking them through an initial cultural readiness check, identifying specific needs and issues and building an action plan for further cultural and professional development. Ongoing coaching is available to cover a host of business issues and leadership skills. From communication to understanding A ‘restaurant menu’ knowledge of a country’s language and phrase book will only get you so far. Communication styles and behaviors in business are more complex and harder to master. Intercultural Services recognizes the need to support an entire relocating family as their challenges and concerns could make the difference between an assignment's success or failure. Specific language and cultural training can help the whole family adapt successfully to the new location. Language training Crown understands how difficult it can be for assignees to adapt to what may be a very different environment, especially when they’re not fluent in the language. Improved fluency gives assignees confidence in both business and social situations. Language training also enables employees and their families to productively engage people they meet. Our language training teaches speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, including technical terminology if needed. Partner Support — partner assistance in the host country Partner or family unhappiness is one of the major reasons for assignment failure. The Partner Support assistance program guides and advises spouses on options for their career in their host country. For those who are not working, or for working partners unable to find a job due to visa restrictions or other issues, the program can help them to establish new support systems, and explore the possibility of voluntary work or training.