“It would be rare for me to arrive into a city and not have a friend who is there to give me a place to crash or a business connection,” said Justin Bedard, the executive director of the JUMP! Foundation. “I can safely say that a considerable amount of JUMP’s development has been fueled by my TCK network.”
“I’ve been so fortunate to see so many different opportunities and have those be a reality if I wanted them,” said Emily Chong, a service officer for Catchafire, a company that matches professions with non-profits. “But what that causes is stasis from too many options, so not ever knowing if I’m ever in the right space.”
“I like how it’s so entirely different from anything I’ve ever done before,” said TCK model Hanna Stagg. “It’s challenging in a way I’ve never been challenged before, you have to put yourself out there and get ready for rejection all the time.”
“I want to make sure my impact on the world is in the most positive manner I can,” Jason Trefts said. “Music is a way for me to release the sadness and try help people feel better as well as myself.”
“Working and living in Haiti, I get a constant feeling of “You just can’t make this shit up,” Tara Yip-Bannicq said. For the past two years, the self-proclaimed “disaster junkie” has traveled around the world to help in humanitarian aid efforts in countries like Haiti and Indonesia.
As expats, we feel the need to support our own countries, countries that we have identified with in the past, or well, teams that we just plain like. As a TCK, I find it hard to support just one team
In four and a half weeks, they covered 6,400 miles and six countries on board “Clutch,” their trusty 12-year-old Peuguot 106, seeing England, France, Spain, Morocco, Senegal and Mali.