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  • 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

  • 14 Jun 2017 11:42 AM | Anonymous

    Badly thought - through relocation decisions, unrealistic expectations, poor preparation, inadequate organizational support, cultural adjustment challenges plus political and economic changes can all lead to disappointing outcomes not only for employees, but also for their families and organizations.

    Thriving Abroad provides a framework, together with insight and advice from those who’ve been there, to help assignees and their families make the most of the opportunity for international relocation to create positive professional and personal outcomes. And that in turn ensures the organization maximizes its return on investment.

    You can read more about the book HERE

    You can buy the book through the FIGT Bookstore HERE on Amazon (US) 

    Submitted by FIGT member Louise Wiles, Director of Thriving, a website based online community designed to support companies /organisations accompanying/expat partners as they move abroad.

  • 29 Apr 2017 3:58 PM | Anonymous

    I had a great pleasure to meet Claudia Landini at FIGT conference last month in the Hague. Impressed by her international experience and multiple projects I interviewed her for my The Expat Career and Lifestyle podcast. 

    We spoke about How to craft your expat professional identity by creating a portable career.

    In this episode you will learn:

    - the first step to start and create a successful portable career
    - how to find your own identity when you lived for many years abroad
    - how not lose your professional identity as an expat woman
    - simple strategies to find your passion
    - get Claudia’s free gift

    Guest: Claudia Landini, a Cross-Cultural Trainer and Mobile Career Coach. Over 27 years of her international life she lived between Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and Europe and now she is based in Jakarta. Claudia is the founder of, a non-profit organisation that helps expat women all over the world before, during and after their relocations.

    Host: Dominika Miernik is a Career Coach & Business Idea Generator for women. She has lived in Manchester, London, Milan and Rome, and she now helps expat women to pursue their true passions as they adapt to the living in a new country. In 2015 she was named the best International Coach by The Coaching Academy.

  • 21 Apr 2017 4:59 PM | Anonymous

    Tandem Nomads, the podcast show and platform designed to empower and help expat spouses build a portable business, is organizing a conference in Seoul on April 28th.

    Click below to register for FREE: 

    If you live in South Korea and gave up your career to move from a country to another, come join us for an interactive presentation on the challenges for expat spouses to build a portable career and the solutions to turn these challenges into great opportunities!

    Amel Derragui, the founder of the podcast show Tandem Nomads, will share with you some great tips to build your portable business and inspiring examples of expat spouses from around the world . 

    She has indeed interviewed over 70 expat spouses, analysed their sources of frustrations and challenges and the actions they implemented to make the best of their experience abroad while building their own source of success and financial independence.

    Amel Derragui is a business and marketing coach, she helps expat spouses turn their talents into successful businesses and global entrepreneurs take their business to the next level. 

    Click here fore more info on this event and to register to this conference for FREE:

  • 05 Apr 2017 3:53 PM | Anonymous

    We, Vivian Chiona, Expat Nest founder and Regina Reinhardt, cross-cultural consultant have teamed up for an exciting new project... and you can be a part of it!

    What are we planning? All shall be revealed…

    For now, we’ve come up with a survey that is quick, fun and guaranteed to get you thinking about your sense of place in the world.

    By taking the survey, you will: 
     • Gain insight into your international profile

    • Be the first to see the results of this global survey later this year
    • Contribute to helping us and the people we love to help
    • Receive an exclusive gift!

    Answering the 20 questions and should take no more than 12 minutes to complete.


    Thank you to everyone who participated. We appreciate your trust and support of our project. Your answers will play an essential role in helping us to better understand the highlights and challenges (as well as to find solutions) in the “international” life.

    We hope from the bottom of our hearts that you enjoy this chance to reflect on your international lifestyle.

  • 01 Apr 2017 4:38 PM | Anonymous

    In an effort to support expats, TCKs, ATCKs and Globals  in their moves back home after living overseas, we need your help, your wisdom and your assistance.   Along with Cate Brubaker and Helen Watts, who also offer support and programs in the Re-entry space, we have created a short survey to gather information to pinpoint your greatest joys, your greatest challenges and lessons learned in the process of repatriating.  The survey can be accessed by clicking on the photo  above or here:  Repatriation Experience Survey

    The results will be shared with all participants and you will receive a FREE GIFT when the results are tallied.  The survey is short, it will take you a few minutes and has the possibility of  benefitting many who have recently or who are about to return to their native countries all around the globe.   If you have returned and relaunched to a new passport country or old haunt – that counts J

    We really do appreciate your participation and honor your experiences.  Please tell the truth, don’t hold back and continue to live in the spirit of adventure that your globalness has opened you up to.

    Doreen Cumberford & John Palmer
    #Life is Portable – Live it Fully Everywhere You Go

  • 31 Mar 2017 4:25 PM | Anonymous

    “I had grown up in Pakistan, was nurtured on her soil, took my first steps and said my first words there. Pakistan was a land that knew me before I had a recollection of ‘being;’ before I knew I was human.”

    Memories of joy and pain, close friendships and loneliness interweave in this compelling portrait of an extraordinary childhood.  In Passages Through Pakistan, Marilyn Gardner traces a journey of growing faith and emerging identity in a small missionary community. From the close quarters of boarding school, to the strangeness of furloughs in her parents’ native Massachusetts, this honest portrayal of a young girl’s struggles with faith, friendship, and belonging will resonate deeply with a wide range of readers.

    Marilyn Gardner spent her childhood and adolescence in Pakistan and raised her five children in Pakistan and Egypt. She now lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she works as a public health nurse with underserved immigrant communities. Marilyn is the author of Between Worlds: Essays on Culture and Belonging and blogs at Communicating Across Boundaries and A Life Overseas.

    Between Worlds - Essays on Culture and Belonging

    "In the hall of an old Inn by the ocean is a sign that reads 'Home is Where Our Story Begins.' But if home is where our story begins, what happens when we can't go back?" Marilyn Gardner was raised in Pakistan and went on to raise her own five children in Pakistan and Egypt before moving to small town New England. Between Worlds will resonate with those who have lived outside of their passport country, as well as those who have not. These essays explore the rootlessness and grief as well as the unexpected moments of humor and joy that are a part of living between two worlds. Between Worlds charts a journey between the cultures of East and West, the comfort of being surrounded by loved ones and familiar places, and the loneliness of not belonging. "Every one of us has been at some point between two worlds, be they faith and loss of faith, joy and sorrow, birth and death. Between Worlds is a luminous guide for connecting---and healing---worlds." - Cathy Romeo, co-author, Ended Beginnings: Healing Childbearing Losses

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