This year the quality and number of applications was amazingly high and we are thrilled to introduce you to Jane from Australia, who is now a repatriate, Tone from Norway who currently lives in Oman, Mariam from Pakistan, who currently lives in Dubai, and Sarah, an American ATCK and repatriate, who is now in North America.
Jane Barron is a youth intercultural transition specialist and culturally responsive educator driven to improve emotional, social and educational outcomes for culturally diverse, domestically and globally mobile students and their families.
As an educator with 23 years' experience in both international and local schools, a parent of two globally mobile children and having grown up as an Australian domestically mobile child, Jane has seen and understands the impact of mobility on individuals and families. During her family's six years of living abroad in South East Asia, she became passionate about helping families in transition. As a teacher, she noticed the aftermath of unmanaged mobility in her students' social and emotional wellbeing and the consequences of this on their learning. Completing a MEd in Singapore allowed her to study the educational outcomes and management of students experiencing cultural change. This highlighted that understanding and support for families in transition are inconsistent and often not prioritised yet family unhappiness is one of the most common reasons for international assignment failure.
Armed with this knowledge and experience, Jane began blogging on her website www.globallygrounded.com, soon after her family’s repatriation to Sydney in 2015, before going in search of other experts at the 2016 FIGT Conference in Amsterdam. She knows the positive impact the Conference has on Attendees.
Jane is delighted to be a 2017 Parfitt Pascoe Writing Resident and hopes to move from writing academically to writing for a broader global audience whilst also developing her understanding of the process and nuances for placing her writing with publications.
Tone is a 40something mother of three, from Norway, but currently living in Oman.
Her background is in social anthropology. Indeed, she credits social anthropology for having made her an expat – she met her husband while doing fieldwork for her masters thesis on expat spouses and how they cope with the challenges to social roles and identity a life on the move represents.
Her interest in the lives of expats has been with her all the way; how do we communicate and socialize, how do we adapt, how do we raise these amazing little global nomads of ours?
While she has been writing since she was an undergraduate, she has never thought to try and develop her writing into a career – not until now, that is. She feels incredibly excited and so very grateful and honoured to have been given this opportunity to learn and develop through the Parfitt-Pascoe Writing Residency and the FIGT conference.
Writing about her experiences has changed Mariam's life. What started off as a coping mechanism to process her expat life, has turned into a full-time career change, an exciting year of blogging, inspiring others and being inspired. This is why she is so excited to be a part of PPWR 2017, because she looks forward to developing her writing and blogging skills further, meeting new people, increased international exposure and learning from and with the best.
After 15 years, 7 countries and 3 continents, her blog is called “And Then We Moved To” (www.andthenwemovedto.com) where she writes about life as an expat, trying to raise multilingual children in her East-meets-West marriage, about traveling the world and getting lost in every new city that she calls home.
As a child she grew up in Bahrain, New York City and Karachi.
As an adult, she has lived in the United States (Massachusetts and Texas), United Kingdom, Germany, Pakistan, Denmark, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates.
Her nationalities are Pakistani and Italian and she currently live in Dubai.
She said goodbye to her 8 + years of a corporate career as an Economist and is enjoying exploring her passion as a writer. Her work has been published in the Huffington Post, Expat Living Singapore, Expat Living Hong Kong, Fuchsia Magazine, Expat Connect Dubai and Sassy Mama Dubai. She has also recently finished filming a documentary on her expat life for OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) and is excited to see it air soon!
Sarah Stoner is an American-born writer who was raised in Uganda, Morocco, Belgium, and Thailand. She lived in the U.S. for the first time at age 18. Her descriptive nonfiction has appeared in a variety of local magazines and national journals as well as the anthology The Chalk Circle: Intercultural Prizewinning Essays (a Skipping Stones Honor Award Book). Recognition for her work includes first place in the National League of American Pen Women essay contest and selection as a featured author for the City of Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs project, TreeStory.
Her family’s roots run four generations deep in the Pacific Northwest where she now lives—on a 20-acre land trust property with her husband and two children. With nearly half her life spent navigating foreign soils and various cultures, Sarah is now learning the language of staying put, growing her own food, running a household on solar power, and listening to the creek rush through her front yard.Writing helps assimilate her TCK self: the parts of her that exist only in a particular country at a particular moment in time. Truth is, in her rural North American life, the pathway to her TCK past is missing. Connecting with other TCKs and people in the global community is vital to her being. Sarah is honored and excited to join the FIGT community, and to be chosen as a PPWR writing scholar. She explores nature, identity, and belonging at sarahhhwho.blogspot.com