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  • 05 Nov 2020 8:58 PM | FIGT News Editor (Administrator)

    Debriefing is a fancy way of saying “tell your story” and it’s a vital skill for third culture kids to acquire at any age. Join Kaleidoscope for a Creative Storytelling workshop. You will learn the importance of consistent and creative debriefing and walk away with easy-to-use tips and tools to process with your TCKs, be it at a debriefing session or around the dinner table after a long week.

    WHEN: Nov. 13, 2020, 11AM EST (recorded replay available to anyone registered)

    1 hour LIVE workshop
    3 creative worksheets to use with your TCKs
    Bonus: Our best tips to create safe spaces and connect with kids and teens virtually.

    HOW: Visit to register!

    Jessi grew up in Uzbekistan and graduated from Hope International University with a desire to help families just like hers who were spending their most formative years between cultures— voila, Kaleidoscope was born! She channels all of her creative energy into new and exciting ways to engage TCKs, wherever they are in the world. She can currently be found outside of Boston, Massachusetts, USA spray painting any used furniture she        can get her hands on and on Instagram, @jessi_rue.

  • 04 Oct 2020 7:08 PM | FIGT News Editor (Administrator)

    Nomad Nation, if you want to find an idea to create your own portable business that allows you to make an impact and generate revenue from home or on the move, which one of these situations below is you?

    A. Love the idea but I couldn't do that - I have no business experience!

    B. I want my own portable business but I don’t have a business idea.

    C. I am so ready to start a business! I have lots of ideas and don’t know which one to choose!

    A. That voice telling you that you can’t have a business is wrong! You can do this and I can help you make that big mindset shift you need to get started on finding the right opportunity for you.

    B. This is a great place to be - what if I could give the roadmap to find the right business idea for you?

    C. Amazing! I am going to show you how to choose the best option for you!

    Whether you are A, B or C, I am really excited to share some big news with you.

    Sundae Bean and I invite you to this special virtual workshop on Thursday October 15th at 8am EDT - 2pm CEST - 9pm JST to help you take the first steps towards finding the right portable business for you.

    In fact, this is not going to be the typical webinar! During this live workshop, you will have the opportunity to start brainstorming on some ideas and get feedback.

    Together we will cover:

    • What the 10 steps to find the right business idea for you are.
    • How to know where you can make a difference and generate revenue.
    • What needs to happen to go from ideas to a business that is viable, profitable, and portable.

    Are you ready to find out how to get started on building your portable business dream? Click here to register to this free workshop.

    Amel Derragui is a business and marketing coach and the founder of Tandem Nomads. When she gave up her career to join her husband abroad, she started her consulting business in marketing and branding to provide strategic solutions to various clients in major industries across three continents. Six years later, discovering a real need for expat spouses to find their own source of fulfillment and financial freedom, she launched Tandem Nomads. Amel has since been featured for her work on the cover story of Forbes Magazine in Austria, Global Living Magazine in the US and other media. She has done a number of speaking engagements at various organizations including the UN, World Bank and IMF. More info on:

    Sundae is an intercultural specialist and solution-oriented coach. She is a member of the Forbes Coaches Council and host of the podcast, Expat Happy Hour. Sundae is the mother of two third-culture kids and has lived overseas since 1998. Originally from the US, she has lived in Switzerland, Burkina Faso and is now in South Africa. She has helped individuals from more than 60 countries go through transitions and change.  Sundae also works with individuals seeking more purpose and meaning as they face the challenges of living globally mobile lives as well as supporting multinational companies and NGOs to help their employees make the most of their time abroad.

  • 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 Space is limited. See 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!

  • 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.

  • 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."

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