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More than ever before Local Schools are welcoming cross-cultural students through their front gates. Whether it is a day school, a boarding school or both, local schools have an ethical responsibility for supporting their students through the triumphs and trials of cultural transition. Every student needs to feel emotionally balanced before they can remember, critically or creatively think, problem solve, analyse or synthesise – in other words, learn.  For students walking into a new culture or sub-culture, it takes time to reach this place of balance. It’s a fact that unmanaged mobility inhibits learning, however, schools who provide comprehensive transitions programs, can actually facilitate and enhance learning as they support all key stakeholders in their community – parents, staff and students – so that the parents can parent well, the teachers can teach well and the students can learn well.* By implementing comprehensive transitions programs, schools can ensure that moving to a new educational culture is not an inhibitor to learning but an activator of learning.


Globally Grounded consults to local schools to help them UNDERSTAND the impact of cross-cultural mobility, EVALUATE, DESIGN, DEVELOP and IMPLEMENT comprehensive transitions programs so that the challenges associated with moving to a new educational and social culture are not traumatic but become levers for growth.  We will customise any of our services to enhance your school’s support of all key stakeholders in your cross-cultural students’ wellbeing and success.


We facilitate research-based and practical workshops, seminars and presentations to all key stakeholders in a cross-cultural child’s education, including (but not limited to):

Pre-Arrival and Onboarding Packages

Cross-Cultural Transition Care Packages

Transitioning Successfully from Secondary School to Tertiary Life Packages


Evaluation provides the opportunity to examine your school’s cross-cultural transition-care and support program. Formative or summative, Globally Grounded will objectively evaluate your school’s cross-cultural support mechanisms through document review, interviews, focus groups and onsite observations. Following thorough data analysis, we will provide practical recommendations for enhancement.


Consulting on the particular challenges of your school, Globally Grounded will draw on our suite of services to partner with you in building best practices that will set your school as an exemplar for the support and integration of cross-cultural students. Through customized evaluation, solutions-based design, collaborative development, strategic implementation and progress review, Globally Grounded will equip, support and empower each key stakeholder in a cross-cultural student’s education – staff, parent and students – so that teachers can teach well, parents can parent well and cross-cultural students are placed in a position to succeed in learning and life.

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Please contact Globally Grounded for more information or to make a booking.

*Drs. Doug Ota