Between packing up a home to getting a visa to deciding where the kids will go to school, the relocation to-do list can feel endless. As a global mobility manager, you’re an assignee’s first point of contact in figuring out these matters, but you can’t answer every question: there are certain things assignees and their families have to figure out for themselves. Fortunately, there are many great online resources that you can point them to that go far beyond the logistics. Here are five resources to help assignees own the relocation process.
Let’s face it: relocation means a lot of paperwork. The U.S. Department of State has all the information necessary to complete these documents well and in a timely manner. Over and above that, the site provides specific information by country and region as well as contact information for embassies and consulates. Once aboard, the U.S. Department of State’s emergency resources provide information on a wide variety of issues assignees may encounter including evacuation processes and travel warnings.
Does your employee need vaccinations before heading to Peru? Or are they looking for timely information about preventing malaria in Papua New Guinea? The CDC’s website contains medical information and resources for just about anywhere you may be sending your employees. Their site provides medical background, vaccine requirements, any current health alerts and a healthy travel packing sorted by travel location. The resource is especially helpful for those with certain medical needs worried about a new health landscape.
Top Expat Blogs
Nothing is better than a firsthand resource, and thanks to the many travel and expat bloggers it’s easier for assignees to gain access to this information than ever before. These blogs are a great way for those relocating to read about what to expect, including cultural nuances, local fair, the weather and much more. In order to find these, use Inkybee or similar blog search tool, to help you find relevant blogs where you can direct assignees. Inkybee is great because their filtering option allows you to search by region, so you can quickly find the best expat blogs across the globe.
The wikipedia of travel guides, Wikitravel is a resource all assignees and their families will love. This complete, up-to-date and reliable worldwide travel guide will shape their adventures as a tourist in their new home. The site is built in collaboration by travelers around the globe, who share their insights on everything from how to volunteer at the local zoo to typical etiquette for eating a meal at a local restaurant. The information-packed pages are the travel books of the internet, which means they are accessible once abroad as well, so this is a site you and your assignees should definitely bookmark.
Probably the scariest aspect of relocating to a foreign country is learning a new language and culture. It can be exhausting to even think about, but with Mango Languages the process is both fun and engaging. Each Mango course contains cultural information to help assignees and their families adjust to a new culture, as well as learn the language of their new home. Offering bite-sized learning and real-world conversation exercises, the program helps language-learners master vocabulary in a highly intuitive and contextual way, boosting their confidence and excitement about settling into a new place.
Moving to a new home can be both daunting and scary, but these online resources will help any assignee feel they can manage it all -- and have some fun in the process!
Looking for more ways to help out a relocating family? Check out our whitepaper for more tips on making global relocation successful for the entire family.