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  • 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.


  • 13 Apr 2020 12:59 PM | Anonymous


    In the past weeks, Amel has heard many concerns about whether it is “ethical” or “appropriate” to keep selling and promoting a business right now.

    If you listened to her podcast episode #161, you might already know her position and why she thinks you cannot just pause everything and wait for brighter days, no matter if you already have a business, or were planning to start a business.

    Now, you might wonder how can you then continue to show up, adjust to the circumstances and make sure that you do business mindfully?

    That is why she decided to organize a FREE WEBINAR to share with you:

    How to attract clients and communicate in uncertain times

    During this webinar she will share with you strategies and real life examples of:

    • How to continue to nurture your current clients even if you cannot serve them right now
    • How to pivot and make the necessary adjustments in your business to continue to be relevant
    • How to communicate mindfully and effectively to attract new leads and new clients

    To help you in these uncertain times, she invites you to join her for a FREE webinar on Friday, April 17 at 8 am EDT. Although it is best to join live to get access to the interactive parts, if you can't join, make sure to sign up to get the recording.

    She can't wait to meet you there!

    Amel Derragui is business and marketing coach, speaker and podcast host at Tandem Nomads. After a career in advertising, she quit her job to join her husband abroad and launched her first business consulting corporate companies while living on the move. Six years later, as she saw a critical need to support other expat spouses in finding their own source of fulfillment and financial independence, she launched Tandem Nomads to help them learn how to grow a successful portable business. Amel speaks for various international organizations such as the IMF, World Bank and European ministries of foreign affairs to provide guidance on how to use entrepreneurship as a solution to dual career challenges. Her work is featured in various media such as Forbes Magazine. www.tandemnomads.com
  • 09 Apr 2020 2:54 PM | Anonymous

    Generation Mobility's SALUS© platform is slated to go live on April 10th, 2020 with the goal of connecting individuals and families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic with a mental health professional or certified coach. The service for individuals and families living abroad will be available, free of charge, for the months of May and June.

    We are asking for mental health professionals and certified coaches to sign up as soon as possible to donate their time to help individuals and families around the world. So far we have professionals onboard from 20 countries with over 25 languages.

    Download the Press Release

    Alicia Partee is driven by a single, powerful vision: To break down the barriers that prevent people and businesses from thriving globally, and to use technology to scale the solution. For over 20 years, Alicia worked in the disruptive, fast-paced world of Silicon Valley where she led projects and teams at Fortune 500s, startups and non-profit organizations. In 2006, she wanted to step back from the corporate world, and made a successful career transition into mental health. Learn more about Alicia at aliciapartee.com.


  • 08 Apr 2020 1:37 PM | Anonymous


    The Interchange Institute will be offering its popular training of trainers workshop, Crossing Cultures with Competence, online. First group starts the week of May 11, 2020. Same content, same materials, same site license, same personalized focus - just a virtual format, with four master trainers for the price of one! Space is limited. See www.interchangeinstitute.org for details.

    Let us know if you have questions about this workshop and/or its virtual format. We'd like to set up a quick chat to help you decide if it's right for you.

    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. 


  • 06 Apr 2020 2:42 PM | Anonymous

    At this moment, many of us find ourselves living through the extraordinary COVID-19 pandemic. Many people have already started to document what this experience does to us, our close ones and our communities. To preserve material describing this historic crisis through the eyes of expatriates around the world, the Expatriate Archive Centre (EAC) decided to launch the ‘Expatriate Life in the Time of the COVID-19 Pandemic’ Initiative.

    If you are an expatriate or have moved back home — regardless of country of origin or residence — and you have written about any topic related to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are interested in preserving your story. Because of the global nature of the pandemic, we are open to receiving material in any language and any format.

    Please send all inquiries to welcome@xpatarchive.com.

    The Expatriate Archive Centre (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. 

  • 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


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