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Welcome to our summer issue

Solving a Small Slice of the Relocation Puzzle

By Ellen Harris, GMS, International Product Director at Living Abroad, LLC

Families moving to a new host country have a hundred things vying for attention. Errands that were simple – even mindless – back home now require some thought, choice, and planning.

For example, where do you shop for groceries?

In a familiar neighborhood, hopping out to the supermarket for a few items is so commonplace that you may have found yourself back home with little recollection of the trip. It doesn’t register as remarkable because it takes so little thought.

But newcomers in a foreign land spend a lot of time getting to know how to fulfill daily needs like putting dinner on the table. What stores are close by? Which has the best selection? The best prices? How will they manage a grocery shopping trip with three small children and limited time?  More...

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Class of 2014 Graduate

This month our Grade 12 students at ACS Cobham, ACS Hillingdon and ACS Egham celebrated their graduation from High School. We offer them our congratulations and best wishes for the future.

Click the graduation image to view a lovely film from ACS Hillingdon that captures the essence of the day for staff and students and their families. 

North American College & University Fair returns to ACS Cobham

ACS Cobham welcomed back over thirty North American representatives from higher education institutions in May for the North American College & University Fair, the only one of its kind being held in Surrey this year.

Highly selective institutions, such as the University of California, Berkeley, Syracuse University, and New York University, will be on hand to talk to students about studying in the US and Canada More...

Egham students travel to NYC for Model United Nations conference

Ten students from ACS Egham recently took part in the Model United Nations (MUN) conference in the UN Headquarters, New York.

The MUN was established in 1961 by Paul Sands from the American School of The Hague, and seeks to engage students in collaborative discussion on some of the world’s most important strategies, aimed at improving the global community. Students from Grades nine, ten and eleven, aged 14 to 16, took part in debates with 1500 students from over forty international and non-international schools.  More...

Hillingdon students build 100 iPad Wall

ACS Hillingdon’s Advanced Technology Club set itself a two-step challenge, to break a world record and to make a video of their project go viral, so the 100 iPad Wall was born (click image to view film).

Eight students worked on the project over the last few months trying out the feasibility of linking up 100 iPads to make a giant screen.

There were several challenges including ensuring all the devices could communicate over the wifi in a confined space and achieve perfect timing. More...

Enrichment Week at ACS Doha

ACS Doha Middle and High School students have been engaging with the community of Doha in support of Enrichment Week, an initiative launched by the school to provide students with an opportunity to give back to the community.

During Enrichment Week, the students learnt about the history of Doha, Qatar today and what can they do to help benefit the country. Inspired to make a difference, not only did the students reach out locally but they also extended their helping hands to those in need in Nepal, with an international community service trip.  More...

Top tips for foreign exchange

By Will Hewitson, TorFX

Offering your clients the best advice on foreign exchange can be a tricky prospect, as there are many things to consider when it comes to transferring funds to another country.

Do you use a bank or is it best to use a specialist? What affects the exchange rate?

These questions and many more can make transferring funds a tricky prospect. This article aims to give you some top tips on how the foreign exchange market works and the best ways for your clients to transfer their funds overseas  More...

Don't let relocating become 
a pain in the neck

By Neil Sikka, BCHD, Dental Surgeon, Bupa Dental Centres

Moving to a new country can be a stressful and worrying experience, even with the best relocation support. And that stress can manifest itself in ways that aren't always obvious, but can have an adverse impact on health.

Bruxism, or teeth grinding is a relatively common condition affecting both men and women. It is not a dangerous disorder, however it can cause permanent damage to the teeth and other complications. For international assigness leading pressurised lives, it is something to be aware of  More...

Profile: Rudianne Soltis, Dean of Admissions, ACS Hillingdon International School

This is the first in a four-part series introducing the ACS International Schools Deans of Admissions. By Andrew Kittell

With a powerfully positive presence and an infectious smile, Rudianne “Rudi” Soltis manages enrollment as Dean of Admissions at the ACS Hillingdon International School.   She may have been born for the job.

From a very early age Rudi knew exactly what she wanted to do in life, but she could’ve never guessed where that long-ago made decision would take her  More...

Mobility matters 

By Andrew J. KittellACS Director of Corporate Relations, North American Office

With the end of the 2013-2014 school year drawing near, ACSers have much to celebrate. But we’ll also soon be saying the good-byes that are so much a part of our globally mobile community.  

Some of our families will be leaving us to return to the places they call home or to their next assignments.  And some of our students will soon join the ranks of proud ACS Alumni, embarking on the next great adventures of their still-young lives  More...

Contributors sought

This newsletter is read by worldwide professionals in the IHR, relocation, and destination service provider sectors. If you are an expert in your field and would like to write an article for publication, please contact Mark via email. A limited number of opportunities are available this year for editorial contributions that would be of value to our readership.


Edited by Mark London, Marketing Manager, ACS International Schools

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