TCKs are the silent majority who do not get a choice to relocate to foreign lands when their parents decide to move abroad. In addition, when a family moves abroad or a company relocates an executive overseas, most of the attention is focused on logistics or how to get the executive to settle in. As far as people are concerned, children are resilient and they would simply adapt.
Rahul Gandotra’s “The Road Home” was the first film I’d seen that I recognized my Third Culture Kid self in. In watching the film, I was reminded that so much of what defines a Third Culture Kid is impossible to articulate – sometimes it feels like there just aren’t words to describe how it feels to be perpetually stuck in the in-between.
You’re a freshman now — no obligations, no history — you have a blank slate in a new place. That is an incredible opportunity.
Megan Root, 28, and her partner, Eoin Flinn, are Global Slackers, having traveled to 30 countries over 464 days on just $26,023.
“I’m fortunate through Boticca to meet some of the world’s most inspiring and creative people,” said Kiyan Foroughi, CEO of Boticca.com. “I’m constantly fascinated by the way their minds work and how they see the world.”
“For a career in the hospitality industry, you have to have impeccable interpersonal skills, a curiosity for people and cultures, patience and a desire to help others,” said Fiona Foxon, sales and marketing director with Quintessentially. “It sounds terribly superficial, but it’s also so important to be presentable and positive.”
“A school friend once described us as citizens of the world,” said TCK Clarissa Beeson, an attorney working in London. “I think that is rather apt. We are made up of so many different parts that together form a whole.”
“For me it’s never been a case of ‘choosing a career path,'” Victoria Moore-Jones said. After traveling around the globe for two decades, she found her career as a policy writer in New Zealand’s Parliament.
When I saw my friend Si’s e-mail telling me that another earthquake had hit, only one thought came to mind. My close friend Liv would have been at work, right in the heart of Christchurch’s Central Business District. WHERE. WAS. SHE.
When Heidi Sand-Hart was 21, she got her hands on the TCK Bible: “Third Culture Kids – The Experience of Growing Up Among Worlds.” After devouring it, she became even hungrier for personal literature out there for TCKs. She soon realized that there wasn’t much at all, so she decided to write her own, which is called “Home Keeps Moving.” “Home Keeps Moving” is a collection of memories that Sand-Hart gathers from her cross-cultural life, moving from Derby to Norway to Sussex to London to India. As I read the book, being pulled into someone else’s description of feeling between worlds, I enjoyed tagging along on someone else’s global journey. Compared to Pollock and Van Reken’s book, “Home Keeps Moving” is a much more personal, lengthy description of the actual experience of having a home that is anywhere and everywhere. With most personal memoirs though, inevitably you can feel like a tag-along to the story itself. On rare occasions, you are brought into the narrator’s seat. While I enjoyed the book, what I really loved …