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Here you will find diverse voices from within the FIGT community. All FIGT members are welcome to showcase their writing on our blog. Contributions should highlight your own research and individual experiences, focusing on the issues important to the globally mobile community. Small Business and Corporate members are also invited to submit up to three posts per year.

If you are an FIGT member and would like to submit a blog post for consideration, please use our online form below or email blogeditor@figt.org

  • 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 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

  • 08 Jan 2020 1:27 PM | Anonymous

    Interested in sharing insights into expat life and joining a thriving Twitter community? Become a @WeAreXpats curator!

    @WeAreXpats is a rotation curation Twitter account, set up and overseen by the EAC, which explores expat life all over the world. Every Monday a new person takes the reins and shares aspects of their life abroad — the good, the bad, the odd — with the Twitter community.

    The EAC is always on the hunt for new @WeAreXpats curators — expats, adult TCKs, repatriates, and other expatriation-adjacent roles. The EAC accepts curators from any place, but in 2020 it hopes to amplify experiences from the global south, whether as an origin or relocation. If you are active on Twitter and live in a country other than your ‘home’ country, we invite you to curate your own week.

    To sign up for @WeAreXpats, please contact EAC Public Relations Manager Kelly Merks at pr@xpatarchive.com.

    You can learn more about the project on our website and by visiting wearexpats.org.

    The 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. https://xpatarchive.com

  • 02 Dec 2019 5:36 PM | Anonymous

    Alaine Handa will be at The English Bookshop in Uppsala on December 14 and Stockholm on December 15 from 12:00-16:00 for a book signing and will be bring samples of her chokladbollar.

    It would be awesome to see some FIGT members there for a Christmas Fika!

    Alaine Handa is the author of In Search of the Best Swedish Chokladbollar cookbook written from her TCK perspective. Fika is the Swedish coffee break time to recharge, reconnect, and refuel with some caffeine and something sweet. She's adopted this cultural tradition for several years now and it definitely helps with her creativity and sanity! Check out her website to find out more about her at www.travelwithalaine.com.

  • 06 Nov 2019 2:42 PM | Anonymous

    Turn your expatriate experience and insight into a lifelong impactful career. This 2-day training of trainers workshop will give you the knowledge, confidence and tool kit you need to build on your existing intercultural expertise, so you can offer intercultural orientations and change others' lives.

    Upcoming workshops: December 5-6, 2019 (Boston, MA); January 23-24, 2020 (Ft. Myers, FL); May 4-5, 2020 (London, UK); September 10-11, 2020 (Cologne, Germany)

    Anne Copeland, PhD, is a clinical and intercultural psychologist and founder of The Interchange Institute. Formerly Program Director of FIGT, she has a good sense of the needs and talents of the FIGT community and how to help them develop their careers.

  • 06 Sep 2019 8:32 PM | Anonymous

    International School of Luxembourg | 36 Boulevard Pierre Dupong | 1430 Luxembourg | Luxembourg

    Monday, October 7, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM (CEST)


    You will not want to miss this opportunity to engage with Katia Vlachos, author of A Great Move: How to Survive and Thrive in Your Expat Assignment and best-selling author of The First 90 Days and Master Your Next Move, Michael Watkins as they identify and address the personal and professional challenges that an increasingly mobile workforce presents and how to navigate them successfully.

    Join us on October 7th for a hands-on, interactive session, when our two transition experts will help you prepare for your next expat assignment, and the one after that...

  • 04 Sep 2019 1:17 PM | Anonymous

    #FIGTMember and #FIGTSponsor, The International Family Law Group, are very proud to announce that we have been shortlisted in 2 categories for the LexisNexis Family Law Awards 2019.

    The categories we are nominated in are:

    The family Law Awards will be held on Wednesday 27 November in London, where the winners will be announced.

  • 16 Apr 2019 2:46 PM | Anonymous

    #FIGTMember, Nicole Blyth would love to hear your opinion on using social media in your global life. Please take her short survey.

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