- Plan ahead: Arrive at the school a day or two in advance, just as it's being dismissed or during lunch. Find the headmaster or headmistress to ask permission for your child to attend for a few days. In Mayreau, we found that the headmaster appreciated us coming to his office to discuss business, rather than chatting in a more casual setting.
- Come bearing gifts: School supplies are especially appreciated and will help to offset the supplies that your child will inevitably use while there.
- Anticipate cultural differences: Religion, cuisine and discipline in schools outside the United States vary widely. It's a good idea to discuss these possibilities with your kids ahead of time.
- Make it an exchange: Encourage your child to invite his or her new friends to tour the boat or go for a ride in the dinghy. We found that many of our kids' new classmates were just as fascinated by our lifestyle as we were with theirs.