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  • 12 Sep 2018 10:46 AM | Anonymous

    Arriving Well: Stories of Identity, Belonging and Rediscovering Home After Living Abroad is launched on Amazon!

    If you know anyone who would be interested go ahead and share it with them. And please write a review on Amazon once you've read it (which I know will be soon!).

    Doreen Cumberford is a Speaker, Author and Coach. She loves to help expats, travellers and globals make smoother, more joyful transitions between countries. She specializes in re-entry and returning home. 

  • 03 Jul 2018 1:28 PM | Anonymous

     “This book is a great ‘how to’ for anyone considering a global move. Katia Vlachos highlights the need for leaders to pay as much attention to planning for potential lifestyle, support system and cultural changes as they do for taking the new role. Neglecting to do this can lead to unhappiness and frustration in the initial stages of the move, potential under performance and, in extreme cases, even failure in the new job.”

    Alan Watts, President, Asia-Pacific, Hilton

    About the book

    In 2017, there will be almost 57 million expatriates worldwide. While the number of corporate expat assignments is growing steadily, these are expensive and fail all too often for avoidable reasons. Many expats move with minimal preparation, unrealistic expectations, and are left with insufficient resources to deal with the practical and emotional implications of a move. The result: failed moves, stressed families and damaged careers.

    This book addresses a growing need to prepare people for making successful moves. Adjusting to a new environment and culture, immersing oneself into a new life – both professional and private – navigating culture shock, defining and maintaining a sense of home; these are all big challenges.

    “An amazingly complete book that looks at the needs of adults as well as children in any global move. It includes thoughtful advice wise movers must consider in order to maintain emotional and physical balance during this time. A Great Move is replete with solid, practical suggestions for what all members of the family can do to not only move well, but also thrive in the new place. For all those planning to move, this book is invaluable.” 

    Ruth E Van Reken, co-author of Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds

    The author

    Katia’s professional background is in policy analysis. She holds a master’s degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and a PhD from the RAND Corporation. Katia is a seasoned expat herself, having lived in eight cities, seven countries and three continents in the past 20 years, and currently lives in Zurich, Switzerland. Contact Katia.

  • 04 Apr 2018 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    Build on your life experience and existing intercultural skills to learn how to develop and deliver top-notch, well-grounded cultural orientations for people moving from one country to another. Leave with new insights, honed skills and a full kit of materials, ready to take this next step in your career. Sept 20-21 in Boston. Oct 3-4 in Dublin. Dec 3-4 in Washington, DC.

    Contact us at to inquire about attending our workshop in 2018.

    Submitted by Anne Copeland, PhD, the Executive Director of The Interchange Institute. Anne served on the FIGT board and as Program Director of FIGT for 10 years. She has trained over 400 people around the globe through her Crossing Cultures courses.

  • 04 Dec 2017 4:03 PM | Anonymous

    This must be the perfect way to decompress and consolidate after the FIGT Conference. Do you love to write and long to find your tribe and discover your unique writer's voice? If so, then this is an event you cannot afford to miss. 

    Jo Parfitt, author, author's mentor, publisher and founder of FIGT's Parfitt Pascoe Writing Residency has designed a Writers' Retreat to run for four nights starting the day after FIGT closes. 

    Stay in a charming boutique hotel in the heritage heart of The Hague, be inspired by art, architecture and the city's multi-cultural vibe as you learn how to write in different genres and expand your writing comfort zone. Visit art galleries, historic Delft and discover the stories of little-known locals.

    Only five places remain on this blissful, indulgent Writing Me-Treat. Costs include all food, trips, accommodation and excursions.

    Come along and find yourself and your soulmates in this safe and nurturing environment. 

    Share a room and save up to £200!

    Jo Parfitt has dreamed of running writing retreats for many years. Now, her dream is coming true as she creates the perfect culmination to her 30-year and 30+ books career as a writer, author, publisher, author's mentor and teacher. Her company, Summertime Publishing, specialises in books by and for people in transition.

  • 30 Oct 2017 11:05 AM | Anonymous

    Calling all International School Educators, Counsellors and Leadership

    Does your school resemble a revolving door – students, families and staff constantly leaving and arriving?

    Do you have:

    • students from culturally diverse backgrounds struggling to integrate into your school community or engage effectively in learning?
    • teachers searching for strategies to equip and support their Cross Cultural (CCK) and Third Culture (TCK) students?
    • parents from culturally diverse backgrounds struggling with transition or worried about their child’s emotional, social and intellectual wellbeing?

    Would you like to do more to support your students, parents and colleagues as they navigate the triumphs and trials associated with global transition? This webinar series is for you!

    Transitions 101: Tips and tools for transforming your school’s transition program


    International schools are the most popular educational platform for families in global transition yet they are often ill-equipped to address the challenges associated with mobility. As places with high turnover, transitions affect everyone, whether you are the one leaving, arriving or staying, whether you are local or international and whether you are a student, family member or staff member.

    Managing mobility is the responsibility of every international school but knowing where to start can be overwhelming.

    In this live two-part webinar series you will:

    • Cultivate awareness around mobility’s impact upon yourself, staff, parents and students and how that experience shapes how you and they relate to others
    • Develop a common language to enhance communication and understanding of these issues
    • Further your knowledge of international mobility research well-being and learning
    • Be equipped with practical tools and strategies to build or enhance transitions programming at your school


    You will receive a Research Bibliography and Recommended Resources to continue your knowledge transformation.


    Ellen Mahoney is the founder of Sea Change Mentoring and an alumna of International schools. Sea Change Mentoring delivers transitions-informed consulting services, program audits, and social-emotional learning curriculum designed just for international schools. She is the only person in the international school community who is certified in youth mentoring supervision which she earned at Fordham University’s School of Social Work. Clients include schools like Singapore American School and the American School of the Hague and organizations like Pearson and the IMF. She was a co-founding member of Safe Passage Across Networks (SPAN) and a 2013 David Pollock Scholar.

    Jane Barron (BA Dip Ed, MEd) - Founder of Globally Grounded, youth intercultural transition specialist and culturally responsive educator, writer, speaker and consultant to local and international schools. Driven to improve emotional, social and educational outcomes for cross-cultural learners, Jane equips schools to support and empower culturally diverse learners, their parents and those who educate them. A Safe Passage Across Networks (SPAN) steering committee member and 2017 Parfitt Pascoe Writing Residency Scholar, Jane’s writing has been published in International Teacher Magazine, International School Magazine and The International Educator.

    Each session will be 1 hour.

    Date & Time:
    PART ONE - Monday Nov 20, 2017 13:00 CET 
    Laying the Foundations for an Effective School-Based Transition Program

    PART TWO – Thursday Nov 30, 2017 07:00 CET
    Building an Effective School-Based Transition Program at Your School

    USD 149 for two sessions

    We are big believers in collaboration. If you are unable to attend one session, a colleague from your school may take your place for the other session.

    Registration closes November 17 so book now as places are limited.

  • 17 Oct 2017 11:49 AM | Anonymous

    Are you thinking about creating a portable career or business which you can take with you wherever you want to live?

    Are you an expat/expat partner looking to build a portable career so you don't have to reinvent yourself every time you move?

    Or are you secretly dreaming about quitting your 9 to 5 job, become a digital nomad and enjoy your location independent lifestyle?

    Dominika Miernik, Career and Business Coach, has a very special invitation for you. She will be hosting a 2 Weeks Free Online Summit called Take Your Career With You and you are invited.

    This event, Take Your Career With You is bringing together a panel of over 20 experts, including coaches, online entrepreneurs, psychologists, expats, TEDx speakers, business mentors, expat entrepreneurs, digital nomads and best-selling authors.

    Together they offer their knowledge and expertise in the areas of building a portable business and career, transformation, remote and location independent job opportunities.

    And the best part is that this global online event is absolutely free!

    Our interviews will reveal:

    • How to find your own Portable Career or Business idea based on your skills, interests and talents
    • How to Reinvent your career and figure out what you really want to be doing
    • How to find a Remote Job, succeed in a Skype job interview so you can work from anywhere you want to live
    • How to Narrow Down your Many Ideas and know on which one to focus
    • Success Strategies to get you market your portable career and attract your ideal clients
    • Actionable Steps and daily routines to get you started and clear on your goals and help you move your portable career idea to a new level
    • And much more

    Dominika Miernik is Career Coach and Business Idea Generator for women. She specializes in helping expat women seeking to make an international career change to navigate the challenges and opportunities associated with discovering their dream career. Visit her website. 

  • 28 Sep 2017 6:17 PM | Anonymous
    The Virtual Midwife is an online platform supporting pregnant expats and travellers. The program is packed with essential tools, tips and techniques that address the specific needs and challenges of giving birth far from the comfort and safety of home. The Virtual Midwife has been supporting families around the globe for over a decade, providing support and a comprehensive guide to help you navigate a foreign health care system. Whether you choose to stay in your host country, or return home, you will be faced with many choices and decisions about your care during pregnancy and birth. Powerful in its simplicity, this multimedia course and thriving online community is is packed with high-quality video, audio downloads and eBooks to make your pregnancy journey abroad safe and enjoyable. The Virtual Midwife was established by an expat midwife who understands the unique challenges of life outside of your comfort zone. 

    FIGT member, Karen Wilmot, is a midwife on a mission to address the Internet as part of the larger health communication system, and restore normality to childbirth through effective online education. An adventurer, traveller and entrepreneur, she is based in the Middle East where she continues to find new and challenging ways to improve health care for women during pregnancy and birth. 

  • 14 Sep 2017 4:39 PM | Anonymous

    In this 3rd edition of the ground-breaking, global classic, Ruth E. Van Reken and Michael V. Pollock, son of the late original coauthor, David C. Pollock, have significantly updated what is widely recognized as “The TCK bible.” Emphasis is placed on the modern TCK and addressing the impact of technology, cultural complexity, diversity, inclusion, and transitions. 

    Third Culture Kids, 3e, includes new advice for parents and others for how to support TCKs as they navigate work, relationships, social settings, and their own personal development. 

    Specific updates include: 

    • A second PolVan Cultural Identity diagram to support understanding of cultural identity
    • New models for identity formation
    • Updated explanation of unresolved grief
    • New material on 'highly mobile communities' addressing the needs of people who stay put while a community around them moves rapidly
    • Revamped Section III so readers can more easily find what is relevant to them as Adult TCKs, parents, counselors, employers, spouses, administrators, etc.
    • New "stages and needs" tool that will help families and organizations identify and meet needs
    • Greater emphasis on tools for educators as they grapple with demographic shifts in the classroom 

    About the Authors:

    Ruth E. Van Reken, herself an adult TCK and a parent and grandparent of TCKs, is co-founder of Families in Global Transition, a forum for globally mobile individuals, families, and those working with them, and the author of one of the first books written about the TCK experience, Letters Never Sent.

    Michael V. Pollock is an adult TCK, parent of TCKs, and international school educator. He is also the founder of Daraja, an organization which helps TCKs/CCKs make successful reentries to passport countries and a past Board Member of FIGT.

    David C. Pollock worked with TCKs and adult TCKs for more than twenty years and logged thousands of miles conducting seminars and conferences (including FIGT) for TCKs, their parents, and sponsoring organizations. 

    Buy this book through the FIGT Online Bookstore to support our David C Pollock Scholarship program, at no cost to you!

  • 08 Aug 2017 12:59 PM | Anonymous

    Young and old benefit from outdoor activities done with cooperation and intent. Team building provides the groundwork where individuals come to know themselves as part of a bigger picture, a 'greater good'.

    Sometimes, the family may need a break from each other to work on their own to understand better themselves and where they are headed in life, their relationships, their addictions. Other times, the school needs a break from the student perhaps, to allow the student to gather his or her thoughts, gain better perspective and focus, increase self confidence and balance temperament. 

    I have spent a great part of my career as an international psychologist helping guide expats in life changing circumstances. As an ATCK myself, I can tell you that there are fantastic resources available out there for expat families who are looking for answers, who are open to solutions such as outdoor or wilderness treatment. 

    I was a 'guest' last week (July 31, 2017) to speak on this particular topic of Wilderness treatment on LA's Talk Radio. Care to listen to the conversation? 

    Here's the magic link:

    You can now download my ibook for FREE from Apple iBooks “10 Steps to Wilderness Therapy” by Dr Mark Burdick.

  • 14 Jul 2017 6:25 PM | Anonymous

    There has been a remarkable explosion in the numbers of international students coming to the U.S. for educational purposes. While the U.S. has been a popular destination for foreign nationals to come for their university experience, the most notable increase has been students coming for one or all of their high school years in preparation for getting into the university of their choice.

    "Survive and Thrive: The International Student's Guide to Succeeding in the U.S." by Tina Quick is a guide book that helps international students understand what they can expect to feel and experience in the transition and how to negotiate academic, social, and cultural differences. Quick addresses the most common challenges international students face in their transition to the U.S. for high school and/or university and gives them tools and strategies they can use not only to survive but to thrive in the adjustment.

    Grounded in sound research and best practice, "Survive and Thrive" fills the gap in existing literature and gives a realistic depiction of what to expect when transitioning to a new culture. Until now there has been no comprehensive work that covered everything international students needed to know to help them transition well and thrive in their new setting, and nothing about the unavoidable social-emotional issues involved in such an enormous adjustment. 

    "Much of the explosion in global interest in attending schools and colleges in the States results from successful recruitment and applications. Yet, until now, few have focused on the more critical part of the equation: how to ensure that these international students grow, engage, and thrive academically, socially, and culturally once they arrive on campus. 'Survive and Thrive: The International Student's Guide to Succeeding in the U.S.' takes that need head-on with advice that melds theoretical, philosophical, and practical in a way that will help every student seeking exposure to the American educational system." Mark H. Sklarow, Chief Executive Officer, Independent Educational Consultants Association.

    Submitted by FIGT Member, Tina Quick, a cross-cultural trainer and international speaker. Tina is the founder of International Family Transitions. Her latest book is available on

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