The 10 Most Unique Places to Study and Live Abroad

Learning is not just academic; it is also experiential. Although parents experience separation anxiety from their children (no matter what age they are!), we all know that travel gives a different kind of education valuable to their growth and development. As parents, we cannot deny that studying abroad presents our children with the opportunity to embark on international adventures and experience other cultures, while enhancing their academic abilities.

As hard as it is to say goodbye, whether for a semester or an entire degree, leading property portal Lamudi Philippines provides insight on universities located in unique cities that might be of interest to our sons and daughters eager to discover a student’s life abroad.

Institute of Business Management (Karachi, Pakistan)

Institute of Business Management (Karachi, Pakistan)

IoBM is a leading international institute in areas, such as Innovation, Leadership, Management, and Entrepreneurship. Extensively connected to other international educational institutions, high quality education is complemented by access to top facilities and learning resources. Located in Karachi, the university also has easy access to stunning beaches, national parks, and historical architecture.

Al-Ahliyya Amman University (Amman, Jordan)

Al-Ahliyya Amman University (Amman, Jordan)

As the first private university in Jordan, the Al-Ahliyya Amman University welcomes students from all around the world.Courses offered range from Information Technology to Architecture and Design to Law to Arts & Sciences giving many options and opportunities to hone diverse interests. It is an alternative to studying in Abu Dhabi or Dubai for students interested in learning Arabic and about the fascinating Middle Eastern culture.

UniversidadPopularAutónoma del Estado de Puebla (Puebla, Mexico)

UniversidadPopularAutónoma del Estado de Puebla (Puebla, Mexico)

It is not only Mexican food that makes studying in Mexico attractive. Puebla is a UNESCO World Heritage site filled with breathtaking architecture, including some of Mexico’s treasured Spanish Colonial buildings and the Cathedral of Puebla, dominating the city’s colonial center. If this is not encouraging enough, studying in UPAEP offers courses taught in English in the following departments: medicine, humanities, science, business, and engineering.

University of Mauritius (Moka, Mauritius)

The University of Mauritius is the oldest and largest university in the country. Students get to participate in workshops like Computational Metagenomics and Research Week to break the monotony of regular classes. Students can also take advantage of free transportation and free healthcare services. The cost of living is low, which is perfect for the paying parents on a budget.

Al Akhawayn University (Ifrane, Morocco)

Al Akhawayn University (Ifrane, Morocco)

Imagine extracurricular activities, such as skiing, a day trip to nearby Fes, and exploring the local springs and lakes. This is what the student life in Al Akhawayn University is like, as Ifrane is located in a ski resort. Academics-wise, the university focuses on a liberal arts curriculum, including courses in humanities and social sciences, business, and science and engineering.

© All photographs taken from the Universities’ websites

Important Considerations and Tips When Buying Gifts for Pre-Teens

If you’re unfamiliar with yet another recently added word to the English language; pre-teen, you’re hardly alone, though chances are you actually have one yourself or you’ve encountered one when visiting a family member or friend’s home.

Pre-teens – ‘tweens’ in the US – are, as the name suggest, youngsters who are yet to reach that milestone age of 13, most specifically, children aged 10 to 12.

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Children of this age are notorious for many reasons, most of which are well-deserved and something many of the cheeky tykes will immediately own up to with a smug, self-assured smirk, including their ability to find something wrong with practically anything one could buy them, with the exception of Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber CDs, and who could actually bring themselves to spend money on something like that?

Buying gifts for pre-teens often entails a healthy, wallet draining amount of trial and error, though as you love the pre-teen in question very much – You do don’t you? – that’s something you’ll just have to accept, and with that in mind, here are a few tips to make buying gifts for ‘tweenagers’ – another American twist – a little less painful.

Understand That It’s Cool to Hate Everything and That They Really Love Your Gift

As a young person it’s cool to hate; in fact, kids these days are no longer judged by their peers on what they like, but rather what they hate, or usually more accurately, what they say they hate.

With the notable exception of your boss’s brat child, who really does hate whatever you’ve bought for the little monster, when your son or daughter says they hate what you’ve bought them you need to understand that they love it, couldn’t have possibly hoped for anything better, and that they’re expressing their appreciation for your gift and their love for you in true pre-teen fashion.

Therefore, when they throw the box on the floor and stomp out of the room, you can give yourself a pat on the back because you’ve chosen the perfect gift.

Understand That Kids Really Want to Be Kids for Longer

‘You’re growing up so fast’ – what a way to destroy a kid’s life. Statements like these, although naturally well-meaning, are hardly what pre-teens want to hear because you’re basically telling them that in no time at all they’ll have to go to work, lose their hair and/or go wrinkly, and basically have nothing to look forward to ever again.

Help pre-teens realise their dreams of staying a kid a little longer by giving them one last really cool gift, like a remote controlled airplane or helicopter for boys and something cute and fluffy for girls – they’ll love it even though they’ll most probably tell you just the opposite.

Understand That Gadgets are In, Though If You Like Them They’re Not Cool

Sure, we all love iPads and the latest smartphone releases and pre-teens are no exception to this rule unless you make it obvious that you, or even worse their mother or father, like them too.

There are so many cool gadgets on the market that it really is impossible to keep up, though whatever you decide upon, like really cool headphones, for their next Christmas gifts, make sure that you remain cool and don’t express any interest in what you’ve given whatsoever unless it’s to say something curmudgeonly like, ‘How do kids put up with all that noise?’, because they’ll love what you’ve given even more.

Understand That Some Pre-Teenagers are Already Teenagers

Sometimes you have to understand that pre-teenagers have already passed that milestone age of 13 emotionally, though perhaps not mentally, and are essentially teenagers with all that entails – get over it and buy gifts accordingly.

When you come to this realisation about your own child or someone else’s, the worst thing you could possibly do is try to keep them ‘young and adorable’ with the gifts you buy, because although they’re still young, chances are they’re no longer adorable.

Buying gifts for pre-teens is often trying because children are at emotional crossroads at that tender age; however, with a little thought, trial and error, choosing the perfect gift for a pre-teen is well within everyone’s reach.

Why You Should Employ Play Mats in Children’s Play Areas

Play areas for children are key venues for children’s development. They can be dangerous spaces, as it is likely that the children will fall down or hurt themselves at one point. This is why protective flooring needs to be in place, but there are mats which can provide support and minimise the chance of injury.

In any space where children play together, steps need to be taken to ensure their safety. This is particularly true in school playgrounds, play areas in the park and soft rooms. These are all important places for children as it is where they learn social skills, improve their confidence and have fun. The way in which children play can often lead to injuries and accidents though, and this could be through falling down, running into one another or hurting themselves on a jungle gym, swing or something similar. This is unfortunately unavoidable, but it should not stop parents from letting their children play. It is hugely important in terms of their development, so the best solution is to ensure that the play area is as safe as possible for everyone.

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The best way to achieve this is by making sure you’ve used the right flooring. If you provide flooring that is soft it means that if they do fall down then the flooring will absorb the contact, and minimise the chance of a cut, bruise, sprain or a more serious injury. With flooring like this it will give the kids confidence to play and make it more enjoyable for them. Of course it is important that the flooring is not too soft, as it needs to be relatively firm so that everyone can move around freely. There are all kinds of mats that you can lay which will provide this for the kids, and there is also the option of rubber flooring too which you will find in gyms and similar areas.

The best approach is to look for play mats from specialist suppliers. There are companies that provide mats for playgrounds, gyms, martial art centres, gymnastic centres and any similar space. This way you can be sure that the flooring you are getting will be supportive, but also firm enough so that everyone can still enjoy themselves. If you have ever been in a gymnastic centre or martial art centre then you will know what this is like, and it is perfect for anywhere that children play. With flooring like this, if a child were to fall over then the mat will absorb the contact and not cause them too much pain. This will ensure that every time children play in this space they will be able to enjoy themselves, and not feel anxious about falling down and hurting themselves.

Areas in which children play are incredibly important, but they can also be dangerous places. The children will inevitably fall down or run into one another, and the only way to reduce the damage that this can do is through protective flooring. There are mats that you can get specifically for play areas, and when these are put down it will create a welcoming, fun space for children to play with confidence. For mats like this though it is important that you get them from a specialist supplier that will be able to help.

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