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  • 19 Sep 2020 8:45 PM | FIGT News Editor (Administrator)

    Have you recently moved to a new city or country during the COVID-19 pandemic? (Or know someone who has?) Then please join us for our online event!

    Moving to a new city is never easy especially if it involves an international relocation, or perhaps even more challenging, re-entry to one's 'home' country following an Expat assignment. Add COVID-19 to the moving mix--and the turmoil and chaos created enters uncharted territory!

    If you have recently relocated or are planning a move in 2020, join Doreen Cumberford, Lindy Chapman, Suzi Worley, and Lynn Greenberg for an online conversation Oct. 1 about the challenges of connecting in a new city and how to navigate the transition in a post-COVID world.

    Reserve your free ticket, join the conversation and connect with others in the relocation community

    We look forward to seeing you soon!

    P.S. If you haven’t relocated but know someone who has, please feel free to share the link with others who might be interested.

    Date: Thursday, October 1, 2020

    Time: 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM EDT (New York)

    About the Hosts:

    Sponsored By:

    • Pivt — Lynn Greenberg is a former Expat and founder of Pivt, an app designed to reduce the emotional churn of relocation.
  • 19 Sep 2020 8:32 PM | FIGT News Editor (Administrator)

    On 5 October, the Expatriate Archive Centre will hold its semi-annual Information Morning online for the first time. This also marks the first time our only regular event is open to a global audience rather than to people who can travel to our office. Please join us as we discuss our services, current initiatives, opportunities for volunteering, and more. If you are interested but cannot attend the live session, you may still register with an option to receive a recording of the event.


    Date: Monday, 5 October 2020

    Time: 14:00 CEST (The Netherlands)

    * The event will take place on Zoom and will be recorded.

    Since March, the EAC has changed how it works in response to government-issued guidelines that help protect the staff, volunteers, and researchers against the risk of the novel coronavirus. The show must go on, however, and we are excited about the opportunities that doing most of our work online offers — including this Virtual Information Morning.

    * The deadline to register is Sunday, 4 October 23:59 CEST.

    The EAC exists to facilitate quality research that promotes and enhances a better understanding of expatriate life. We are located in The Netherlands but have a global outreach. We count more than 130 family archives from 14 nationalities in 120 countries in our holdings, and we hope to add many more in the coming years.

  • 19 Sep 2020 11:35 AM | FIGT News Editor (Administrator)


    I'm excited to announce that my memoir about our time as expats living in China is here! -- 'CHINA BLONDE - How a newsreader's search for adventure led to friendship, acceptance...and peroxide pandemonium!' is available now. I know that any families who've made the transition to living overseas will relate to my trials and tribulations along with the incredible experience living abroad brings.

    A journalist with over 20 years’ experience, Nicole worked as a producer, reporter and news presenter at Sky News Australia for a decade. She currently works as a freelance writer and speaker, based in Sydney, Australia. CHINA BLONDE is her first book.



  • 22 Jul 2020 8:14 PM | FIGT News Editor (Administrator)

    The Interchange Institute is now offering its popular workshop, Crossing Cultures with Competence, online. This unique training-of-trainers program is designed for those who are already working with people from other cultures and who want new ideas, new materials and a new level of understanding about how to offer a top-notch cultural orientation. We will resume in-person workshops when it is safe to do so. In the meantime, online delivery, delivered by a team of senior trainers with expertise in varied sectors, has been very welcome, especially with the FIGT community. Use this time to get the structure and materials you need to combine your expatriate journey with your professional and/or volunteer experience.

    Wondering if this might be for you? Let’s set up a quick chat to help you decide. Contact info@interchangeinstitute.org. Space is limited. See www.interchangeinstitute.org for details.

    Dr. Anne Copeland leads the team of master trainers for this online workshop. She is the founder of The Interchange Institute whose mission is to study and support the needs of people in intercultural transition. She served on the FIGT Board and Program Committee for many years and joyfully welcomes its members to this course.

  • 18 Jun 2020 6:06 PM | FIGT News Editor (Administrator)

    It's easy to take family for granted, isn't it? Until you go to live in a different country…

    Visits are great, and near impossible right now. Zoom is magical. But it can’t replace hugs. Or being there in times of sadness and celebration. 

    As expats and migrants, long-distance familying is a poignant experience. Often desperately wanted, but also overwhelmingly hard some days.

    Helen Ellis’s thought-provoking research on distance grand-parenting gives insight into what it takes for all family members to succeed in staying emotionally close, while physically apart.

    Mobile Relocation brings you a FREE webinar with Helen on Wednesday, 24 June @ 7:30pm NZST. 

    Click on the image above to convert to your time zone.

    We hope this webinar provides support to the expat and migrant community familying from afar in the COVID-19 world. Please invite your grandparents and distant family members to join us too. Places are limited, so register now.

    Bridget and Helen are both FIGT members who, despite being fellow Kiwis, met at an FIGT Coffee and Connect session! www.mobile-relocation.com

  • 10 Jun 2020 2:26 PM | Anonymous

    The COVID-19 global pandemic has caused closed borders and grounded flights around the world. We are doing research into how the situation has affected expatriates and their families. Will it impact their motivation and willingness to live and work abroad? In a global pandemic what happens to the global talent pipeline? Post COVID-19 what will the 'new global' look like? Have you been affected? Most importantly, wherever you are in the world, we hope that you and your loved ones stay safe and well. Take our survey here:

    This research is a collaboration between FIGT members, who are intercultural scholars from universities in Hungary, Belgium and the UK - based in Singapore and Malaysia. It will contribute towards PhD research and to papers for submission to academic journals and conferences.

    Joyce Jenkins is an experienced intercultural business coach, facilitator and consultant. She also teaches and researches intercultural communication at universities, with a special interest in supporting and developing global individuals and their families. www.experthumans.org.


  • 07 May 2020 1:23 PM | Anonymous
    Author Doreen Cumberford calls her book Life in the Camel Lane: Embrace the Adventure a “learnoire.” It is a combination of Cumberford’s story and the stories of other expats and the lessons they learned living in Saudi Arabia as expat employees or spouses.

    Readers considering expat living will learn the four stages of culture shock: arrival, honeymoon, frustration and adjustment. The final stage of acceptance is followed by the adjustments of returning to their home country.

    Life in the Camel Lane seeks to acquaint readers with the Saudi culture, lifestyle, and it's deep traditions of hospitality, generosity and tolerance from an insider’s perspective. Cumberford describes Saudi weddings, the sport of falconry and her own feelings about the Saudi law prohibiting women driving (that has since been relaxed.) There are also chapters on the experiences of 9/11 in the terrorists’ home country and the “Terror Years” of internal terror tactics from inside Saudi Arabia. These tactics were designed to drive the expats out of the country and destroy the Saudi government.Readers considering expat living will learn the four stages of culture shock: arrival, honeymoon, frustration and adjustment. The final stage of acceptance is followed by the adjustments of returning to their home country.

    With stories and compelling honesty, Cumberford describes her family’s most challenging journey and many of the lessons they learned together.

    Written to provide useful insights and inspiration to anyone considering living abroad, Life in the Camel Lane shines the light on building a new identity and home while abroad, and the difficulties of the journey home.


    A native of Scotland, Doreen Cumberford worked for the British Government in London and Cameroon in the mid 1970s, then an American corporation in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates immediately after. She has been an entrepreneur, coach, writer and speaker while traveling these last four decades. Doreen has lived in seven countries on four continents, including the Middle East for 18 years. Doreen coaches, speaks and writes about using travel as a tool for transformation, together with the necessary mindset to process international transitions and constant travel with ease and grace.

  • 22 Apr 2020 1:33 PM | Anonymous

    Covid-19 without a doubt has reminded the world about our degree of interconnectedness. On the one hand we have closed airports, retreated behind national borders, turned inwards closing down communities and neighbourhoods.

    On the other hand, despite the physical distancing, the sense of social connection and resulting support around the world has been heart warming.

    The Thriving Abroad Together podcast series is an example of this desire to support. The aim to provide positive insights, advice and stories to lift and support the internationally mobile through this challenging time.

    Over fifteen generous spirited professionals have contributed their time and expertise to this series, many are members of FIGT.

    Click below to access these interviews.


    Louise Wiles is the host of the Thriving Abroad podcast, and also a coach supporting individuals to navigate the challenges and maximize the opportunities and outcomes of relocation and international employment. She is the author of "THRIVING ABROAD: The definitive guide to professional and personal relocation success."


  • 16 Apr 2020 11:53 AM | Anonymous


    SENIA, is seeing rapid worldwide growth and along with the transformation of SENIA (Asia) to SENIA International, we needed a dynamic educational leader to continue to push SENIA’s mission/vision,”  said Kate Balsamo, SENIA’s Board Chair. “Lori Boll’s long record of advocating for students in the special needs community along with her personal family connection to autism, made her an obvious candidate.”

    Lori is no stranger to SENIA. She attended her first conference in 2010 and organized the SENIA 2011 conference in Shanghai, China. She and six others formed SENIA’s first board, of which she has been a member for the past nine years. 

    Lori is currently finishing her work as the Intensive Learning Needs teacher at International School Bangkok, a program she created with support from the school. Although she is sad to leave her classroom, she is excited to help lead SENIA in its work worldwide advocating for the support and resources required to enhance the lives of individuals with disabilities. 

    About SENIA

    SENIA was started by a group of international school teachers in China in 2002. The goal was to create a support network for teachers and other professionals working with children with special educational needs in Asia. SInce then, SENIA has expanded to a global association of educators, professionals, and parents with chapters in Asia, Europe, Africa, Middle East, and South America. SENIA is currently an FIGT Silver Sponsor.

    About Lori Boll

    Lori Boll is an experienced Special Education leader with a personal connection to individuals with disabilities.

    In 2003, Lori’s son Braden was diagnosed with profound autism. This milestone event changed her focus from teaching elementary students to advocating for all children and their education with a focus on meaningful inclusion.

    In Shanghai, China Lori worked as a principal for a small school for children with special needs and went on to co-found the first inclusive school in the city. Currently Lori is running the Intensive Needs Program which opened up at International School Bangkok in 2017.

    Lori has two graduate degrees; one in Reading Education and the other in Special Education and has been teaching for over twenty-five years in international schools, including American International School Riyadh, Jakarta International School, and Concordia International School, as well as in the United States in California and Colorado.

  • 15 Apr 2020 1:21 PM | Anonymous

    To assist parents & kids during the current global crisis RCTC has initiated a free downloadable Social-Emotional Learning Activities Resource Guide for Parents. New activities to be posted every week.

    To download the SEL Activities go to: www.resiliencecounselingcenter.com/publications.html

    William G Nicoll, PhD co-directs the Resilience Counseling & Training Center providing individual, couples and family counseling, parent coaching and professional development training. Bill brings 50 years of experience as a teacher, school counselor, mental health/family therapist, and university professor specializing in child, family & school issues.


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