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  • 18 Mar 2020 3:00 PM | Anonymous

    Republished from International School Parents Magazine, with permission.

    If you are like me, slightly connected on social media, you have already read a ton of posts with websites to consult and learn about:

    • How to get your children entertained during lockdown
    • Establish a routine to your children
    • Tips to homeschool your children
    • Ideas on how to teach life skills
    • PE lessons replaced by yoga over YouTube
    • And others

    My goal now is to acknowledge that we, international school parents, did not choose this lifestyle and might be shaken by it. Lives might be disrupted and you might be asking how you are going to cope with it all. However, we are the population best prepared to deal with it and I will prove it to you.

    If you read my article on school transition in the spring edition of the magazine you have probably noticed that two of the main traits of expats and international nomads are resilience and adaptability. And this is exactly what we need now.

    Life does not come with a map, and we are often facing adversities and changes, big challenges and small. Our power to be flexible and adapt to the new reality, our capacity to go back into shape is our resilience. As you can see, highly connected to our flexibility.

    This does not mean that we will not feel distressed or not go through difficult times, it means simply that we know emotional distress is part of the process, part of the big process we call life.

    We, nomadic professionals and expats, are used to having to adapt to new realities, cultures, languages. We have re-created ourselves at least one time in a new environment. We already found ourselves completely isolated and having to deal with situations on our own.

    Distance learning and homeschooling our children is one of these life challenges. Especially if you work from home and have no teaching skills, like me. I hear you and I know we are going to do it with grace.

    That said, there is no way we can do this alone and this is when my small list of must do’s builds up:

    1. Prioritize relationships. Call, Facetime, message and Skype loved ones as much as you can. Call, Facetime, message and Skype your neighbors (especially the elderly ones), other parents from school. Motivate your children to do the same. Feeling isolated never helped anyone to climb out the rabbit hole.
    2. Join an online group or two - family, neighbors, school parents, church or any other. Sharing is caring and we do feel cared when we can share our experiences and feel heard. In times of Corona this can be done online - a heaven for introverts and non-native speakers alike.
    3. Take care of your body. The Internet is a blessing, isn’t it? You can follow your favorite yoga or Zumba class online, climb stairs inside the house or play Just Dance with the children. Keep your mind moving as anything that happens will feel lighter with a healthy body.
    4. Take care of your mind. Download a mindfulness app and do it 10 min a day. If you are not into meditation at all, try and connect with yourself for 10 min per day. Watch the sunset, play an instrument, paint. Whatever makes you feel connected with your emotions and mind.

    I know this is all easier said than done and the children are still running around or trying to understand that impossible math equation that you cannot grasp either. Involve them in their own lives, talk about community, caring for each other and for ourselves, create family space to talk about whatever subject they need to talk about and be empathic. They are also learning this new way of living.

    And remember, this too shall pass.

    With love,

    Carolina

    Carolina Porto is an International Transition Coach specialized in school transitions and international mobility. Working online for the last 10 years and using a mixture of her multicultural understanding of emotional behaviour during a transition and coaching techniques, she offers online coaching and counseling for mobile and high-mobile families. Find her at https://www.carolinaporto.net


  • 03 Mar 2020 3:08 PM | Anonymous


    Join me for a 6-week online course Finding My "Self" in a Different Culture. Course topics include:

    1. Reinvention of the Self
    2. Cultural Cues
    3. Connections
    4. Relationships
    5. Home
    6. Family/Friends back "home"

    To register, please contact bonnie@wimsandassociates.com


    Dr Bonnie Wims is an expat therapist who specializes in working with expats on the reinvention of the "self". She is committed to removing obstacles to mental wellness through online counseling


  • 08 Jan 2020 1:27 PM | Anonymous

    Interested in sharing insights into expat life and joining a thriving Twitter community? Become a @WeAreXpats curator!


    @WeAreXpats is a rotation curation Twitter account, set up and overseen by the EAC, which explores expat life all over the world. Every Monday a new person takes the reins and shares aspects of their life abroad — the good, the bad, the odd — with the Twitter community.

    The EAC is always on the hunt for new @WeAreXpats curators — expats, adult TCKs, repatriates, and other expatriation-adjacent roles. The EAC accepts curators from any place, but in 2020 it hopes to amplify experiences from the global south, whether as an origin or relocation. If you are active on Twitter and live in a country other than your ‘home’ country, we invite you to curate your own week.

    To sign up for @WeAreXpats, please contact EAC Public Relations Manager Kelly Merks at pr@xpatarchive.com.

    You can learn more about the project on our website and by visiting wearexpats.org.

    The EAC facilitates quality research that promotes and enhances a better understanding of expatriate life. We are located in The Netherlands but have a global outreach. https://xpatarchive.com

  • 02 Dec 2019 5:36 PM | Anonymous

    Alaine Handa will be at The English Bookshop in Uppsala on December 14 and Stockholm on December 15 from 12:00-16:00 for a book signing and will be bring samples of her chokladbollar.

    It would be awesome to see some FIGT members there for a Christmas Fika!

    Alaine Handa is the author of In Search of the Best Swedish Chokladbollar cookbook written from her TCK perspective. Fika is the Swedish coffee break time to recharge, reconnect, and refuel with some caffeine and something sweet. She's adopted this cultural tradition for several years now and it definitely helps with her creativity and sanity! Check out her website to find out more about her at www.travelwithalaine.com.

  • 06 Nov 2019 2:42 PM | Anonymous

    Turn your expatriate experience and insight into a lifelong impactful career. This 2-day training of trainers workshop will give you the knowledge, confidence and tool kit you need to build on your existing intercultural expertise, so you can offer intercultural orientations and change others' lives.

    Upcoming workshops: December 5-6, 2019 (Boston, MA); January 23-24, 2020 (Ft. Myers, FL); May 4-5, 2020 (London, UK); September 10-11, 2020 (Cologne, Germany)


    Anne Copeland, PhD, is a clinical and intercultural psychologist and founder of The Interchange Institute. Formerly Program Director of FIGT, she has a good sense of the needs and talents of the FIGT community and how to help them develop their careers.


  • 06 Sep 2019 8:32 PM | Anonymous

    International School of Luxembourg | 36 Boulevard Pierre Dupong | 1430 Luxembourg | Luxembourg

    Monday, October 7, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM (CEST)

    PREPARE FOR YOUR NEXT MOVE

    You will not want to miss this opportunity to engage with Katia Vlachos, author of A Great Move: How to Survive and Thrive in Your Expat Assignment and best-selling author of The First 90 Days and Master Your Next Move, Michael Watkins as they identify and address the personal and professional challenges that an increasingly mobile workforce presents and how to navigate them successfully.

    Join us on October 7th for a hands-on, interactive session, when our two transition experts will help you prepare for your next expat assignment, and the one after that...


  • 04 Sep 2019 1:17 PM | Anonymous

    #FIGTMember and #FIGTSponsor, The International Family Law Group, are very proud to announce that we have been shortlisted in 2 categories for the LexisNexis Family Law Awards 2019.


    The categories we are nominated in are:

    The family Law Awards will be held on Wednesday 27 November in London, where the winners will be announced.


  • 16 Apr 2019 2:46 PM | Anonymous

    #FIGTMember, Nicole Blyth would love to hear your opinion on using social media in your global life. Please take her short survey.


  • 06 Apr 2019 9:21 AM | Anonymous

    #FIGTSponsor BAMBI regularly produce a beautiful digital magazine for their members.  This edition featured FIGT and the upcoming conference in Bangkok among other detailed and informative articles.  We look forward to learning more about BAMBI at #FIGT2019.





    Click here, or on the image above, to read the article

  • 14 Mar 2019 3:37 PM | Anonymous

    #FIGTMember Lucy Greenwood, #FIGTMember David Hodson and #FIGTMember Jennifer Patterson are gathering feedback in advance of their FIGT Conference Early Bird Forum, How to Help You and Your Business Thrive Financially Through Good Times and Bad on Sunday, April 28th, 8:15-9:45 am. 

    After listening to various FIGT conference delegates and FIGT members over a number of years Lucy, David and Jennifer all heard the increasing demand for different professional advisers to help FIGT members better understand some of the practical financial and legal aspects of living in so many countries. FIGT members have asked questions about the best way of keeping track of their various assets including pensions scattered around the world, what special financial planning their lifestyles require, about tax issues affecting them or their entrepreneurial businesses as well as the impact of separation or divorce on their legal rights in different countries.

    It is for this reason that for the first time at the upcoming FIGT conference in Bangkok #FIGT2019 there will be a panel session of just such professional advisers (financial, tax and international family lawyers) addressing international aspects of your personal or business financial arrangements and how to thrive through good times or bad.

    We want to make this session as helpful and actionable as possible for FIGT members and attendees. To achieve this we need to hear from you. Please take 3 minutes to tell us about the issues you want addressed so that we to can better inform other FIGT members who are likely to share or have similar concerns or questions.

    The survey is anonymous. No contact information will be collected, and your responses will only be shared with the panelists so that they can coordinate content. Further, the panelists will not use or disseminate the information collected outside of the panel presentation.

    Lucy Greenwood is a partner at iFLG (The International Family Law Group LLP) based in London, and has specialised exclusively in family law for over 20 years. She has a broad depth of knowledge in resolving family law issues for international families. She is conscientious, meticulous and always ensures her clients are protected as much as possible from the rigors of litigation. The Legal 500 described Lucy as 'accurate, commercial and fast', in previous years she was ranked as a 'Leading Individual'. Lucy writes for websites, legal journals, presents seminars and lectures for the legal profession around the world. She is also a member of various professional groups which look after the interests of international families. IFLG advise complicated international cases, involving jurisdiction issues, finances and children issues including child maintenance and its enforcement.

    David Hodson OBE, MCIArb is co-founder and Partner at International Family Law Group. A highly experienced family law dispute resolution specialist, especially involving international elements or complex assets, in 2014 David was appointed an OBE for “Services to International Family Law." David is a mediator, arbitrator, Deputy District Judge at The Central Family Court in London and an Australian solicitor and barrister. He is Visiting Professor at the University of Law and Honorary Professor of Law at the University of Leicester. He is the primary author of “The International Family Law Practice,” the leading textbook for practitioners and is co-author of “When Cupid's Arrow Crosses National Boundaries: A Guide for International Families." David writes extensively on family law and speaks at conferences internationally.

    Jennifer Patterson. After discovering that her professional training was in reality perpetuating an outdated model and failing consumers, Jennifer Patterson created a new model for life and wealth in today’s global village and delivered it in her best-seller Financial Planning for Global Living. On a mission to close the gap between what global families need and the ability of regulated financial services firms to serve, she founded the Cross Border Living Institute to teach cross-border technical and practice related topics to practitioners and be the hub where the globally mobile go for the information, tools and training they need to thrive both today and tomorrow. She is also the founder of Patterson Partners, an independent advisory firm specializing in cross-border tax and financial planning. Jennifer has lived overseas over half her life, is the proud mama of two tri-nationals.

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