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One of the most exciting and at the same time terrifying events in a person’s life is moving internationally – this long-distance relocation is the hardest type of move one can make and it takes the longest to prepare for and do. It’s a huge step and a life-changing event that brings a lot of change to a family. If you are one of those currently planning to move to Australia and start a new life there, then the following guide will be quite helpful.

Language barriers

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You might be fluent in English, but the way Australians talk is quite different from other English speaking countries. The slang can be a big challenge, especially in the beginning. If you are planning to study in Australia, keep in mind that the educational institutes require a proficiency level of English. If you are moving with children, the best thing you can do is enroll them on a course a few months before the relocation. Children learn extremely fast and this way you can prepare them better. Some of the phrases that Australians use can be quite confusing – both positive and sarcastic meaning is possible.

Different school system

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There is a different educational system in Australia and a different approach used throughout the schools. Some of the differences include: children being actively encouraged to learn new things through problem-solving and questioning, less memorizing, more practical learning, more feedback provided, regular debates and class discussions. For most parents this is a big change compared to what they are usually used to, and it’s for the better.

Leaving friends and making new ones

Australians are friendly to newcomers, but it’s still hard to leave your relatives and friends behind and move to a place where you don’t know anybody. Join a local club or organization, enroll on a course and explore the city – this is the easiest way to meet new people.

The Move

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The toughest part is sorting out the logistics of the move, the financial side of it, the checklist and all the moving details. Packing has to be impeccable to ensure the complete safety of your belongings. Book your fares a few months in advance and plan what to take in your luggage.

The Leaving

It’s important to take the time to say goodbye to your relatives and friends. The same applies for your children which will most definitely have the hardest time throughout the moving process. Be understanding and use this opportunity to strengthen the family bonds, instead of arguing. It’s natural for your children to feel sad and frustrated, but as long as you help them cope with this process, the adjustment won’t take that long.

Stay positive, learn as much as you can about Australia and you will ensure an easy transition to your new home in a stress-s free manner. Happy moving!

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