For over 15 years, Families in Global Transition has been the global leader in cross cultural education and training to support the entire expat family. FIGT offers information-packed conferences and year-round benefits through its Membership Program and expanding educational website.
As the leader of a global network, FIGT promotes the positive value of the international experience, and empowers the family unit and those who serve it before, during and after international transitions.
FIGT believes in the capacity of the expatriate and repatriate family to transition successfully, and to leverage the international experience for all of its human and global potential.
To learn more about FIGT and watch a short video with its founder, Ruth van Reken, click here.
In Memory of David C. Pollock
A Man Ahead of His Time
June 9, 1939 – April 11, 2004
Written by Ruth E. Van Reken
For many, many adult TCKs, our “aha!” moment when we realized we had a name came as we sat in Dave Pollock’s lecture on The TCK Profile or read one of his early articles about this topic. Although Ruth Useem, sociologist from Michigan State University, coined the term Third Culture Kids in 1960, Dave was the person who translated it from an academic idea to making a difference in the lives of those who were living it.
While living in Kenya near an international school in the 1970s, Dave heard many common themes from the students he interacted with from that school. In time Dave, a master synthesizer of distilling these recurring themes into easily accessible models, created his landmark TCK Profile and one of the first models of transition which he simply called The Transition Experience. When he returned to the States, Dave resumed leadership of an organization called Interaction, Inc. whose purpose was to help organizations sending families overseas to care for them well. He and Paul Nelson chaired the first international conference on matters related to TCKs in October, 1984 in Manila, Philippines. Read more here.
Become an FIGT Member
Become a member of FIGT today and take advantage of educational and training opportunities beyond the conference. Through membership, it is FIGT's goal to promote the positive value of the international experience, empower the family, and those who serve families before, during and after international relocations. Become a member today! Click here to learn more.
FIGT Cookbook - Where is Home?
If you were at the 2012 Annual Conference you may remember the photographic food quiz - in essence 'the taster' for a call for recipes for FIGT's first ever publication - a global cookbook called "Where is Home?" Well thanks to those of you who promptly gave us your recipes, and thanks to FIGT friends around the world, that cookbook has come to fruition! Copies were sold at the 2013 and 2014 Annual Conference, if you missed your chance to purchase this global cookbook or if you would like to learn more please click here.