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  • 21 Mar 2017 6:46 PM | Anonymous

    I am collecting data about how an unhappy spouse can affect the success of an international posting.  It is a very brief, initial survey asking the Executives (rather than spouses) how their spouse being unhappy may have affected them, both at home and in the workplace, during an international posting or as a local hire in a foreign country.  Many companies only consider an Expat posting a failure if the executive chooses to leave the foreign role early or is terminated.  I am hoping to demonstrate that productivity and engagement at work can be adversely affected as well, and hence the “success” of the executive may be less than their true capabilities.

    I would appreciate the FIGT community sharing this survey with anyone that it is relevant to.  It is totally anonymous.

    Cheryl Fry
    Support Coach for Expat Spouses

  • 04 Feb 2017 11:24 AM | Anonymous

    Business Travel creates a cycle of frequent separation and re-connection for a couple. Some couples deal with it with more ease and acceptance than others.

    What exactly do they do differently? What are the areas of your relationship that might be mostly affected by frequent business travel? How to thrive in your relationship despite frequent separation?

    Please assist FIGT member, Oxana Holtmann, with her survey.

    If you are a Home-Based Partner

    If you are the Traveler 

    Oxana Holtmann is a Conscious Leadership and Relationship Coach. Learn more about her through her website

  • 02 Feb 2017 7:56 AM | Judy Rickatson

    FIGT friends will be meeting up in Sydney, Australia on Monday, February 6th from 11:00 - 2:00 pm AEDT (come whenever you can) at the Black Sugar Cafe, 400 George St, Sydney.  We are a small but very interesting group and would love anyone who will be in the area, with an interest in Families in Global Transitions, to join us.  If you want more info email Trisha Carter at

  • 19 Dec 2016 2:54 PM | Anonymous

    FIGT member, Cate Brubaker, is pleased to announce . . . The RELAUNCH! Virtual Re-entry Retreat (January 23-27, 2017). This free week-long event is for global adventurers who don’t want the global adventure to end once they return “home” after being abroad. You’ll feel more confident and excited about your next steps (your “Re-entry Relaunch”) after hearing from and chatting with 20 expert speakers, who will share their re-entry experiences, insights, and tips in 15 (free!) sessions over 5 days. Get the event schedule and reserve your seat here: 

  • 17 Nov 2016 6:45 PM | Judy Rickatson

    FIGT friends will be meeting up in Sydney, Australia on November 22nd at 11:00am (AEDT) at the Black Sugar cafe, 400 George St, Sydney.  We are a small but very interesting group and would love anyone who will be in the area, with an interest in Families in Global Transitions, to join us.  If you want more info call Trisha Carter +61419219822 or email

  • 01 Aug 2016 10:26 AM | Judy Rickatson

    directed by FIGT member Amy Clare Tasker (Pollock Scholar 2016)

    Home Is Where... is an innovative theatre performance weaving together the verbatim stories of Third Culture Kids with dynamic ensemble movement, original music, and multimedia design. 

    “I just belong to this world, that’s my nationality. I’m global.”

    A dystopian future. Everyone Not-From-Here has been Sent Back Where They Came From. But what about those of us who don’t know where that is? In the City, the Resistance fights for a new world where the From-Heres and the Not-From-Heres can live together.

    Tickets for the September 2nd performance at Rich Mix, London (and more information about the project) at

    Nowhere near London? Check out the Oral History Library on Soundcloud, where you can listen to clips from interviews with nearly 30 TCKs. 

    We still need your help to bring these TCK stories to the stage! Please consider making a donation to Home Is Where... Thank you! 

  • 18 May 2016 1:23 PM | Anonymous

    The upcoming Moving with Kids Summit, 1st - 14th of June, hosted by The Expat LifeLine, is set to be an informative, fun and interactive two weeks, packed with experts from the FIGT community and beyond.

    Parenting is tricky at the best of times, but when you add in geographical, language, educational and cultural change, making the right decisions can become incredibly complicated.

    That’s the aim of this FREE Online Summit - to take the guesswork out of expat parenting. It brings together experience, expertise and down to earth actionable advice that parents need, all in one virtual room. So whether you are a cross border parent, educator or international mobility service provider, sign up to enjoy presentations from guests including Ruth van Reken, Julia Simens, Tina Quick, Lois Bushong, Dr Jill Kristal and Christine Gilbert.

    To find out more, click here.

  • 01 May 2016 5:27 PM | Anonymous

    Career opportunities take individuals and their families away from their home country. Their focus is on the new job and adjusting to life in another country. In most cases parents have encouraged their child to take advantage of the unique opportunity to work and live in a foreign land. Expats quickly learn that life in another country is exciting but more complicated. They have a new life to build and challenges to handle, so less thought is given to their relatives back home. It isn’t that they don’t care; it is simply a matter of human nature that if someone is absent the person may be overlooked.

    Today most pensioners are leading active lives so we don’t have to worry about them. However, a relative’s health status can change suddenly and dramatically. When we live on the other side of the world we feel helpless. When our in-laws are from another culture, expectations and approaches to end of life may conflict with our own values. Caring for your loved ones from a distance or where cultural variations exist is a multi-faceted issue and there isn’t one right answer. 

    Expats and immigrants dealing with a frail or ill loved ones around the world have commented that they were managing but there are challenges. These individuals living abroad described unexpected challenges, frustrations and a desire to have known more about what to expect and options in advance.  

    Very little has been researched and written on the topic of caring for aging loved ones from another country or culture. Consequently, a survey has been developed and is being distributed around the world. This questionnaire examines a number of areas including: grasp of situation, communication, family dynamics, finances, and more.

    Please contribute to this important research by completing this anonymous online survey.

    Elizabeth Vennekens-Kelly
    Cross Cultural Consulting

  • 04 Apr 2016 10:40 AM | Judy Rickatson

    From: The Interchange Institute, March 31, 2016

    How does childhood experience with being different affect our later lives as expatriates?  This is the topic of the recently-launched study by The Interchange Institute.

    In exploratory work on this topic, we have heard thoughtful examples of how childhood experiences of difference, while maybe difficult at the time, have given strengths and options that wouldn’t have been had otherwise. Differences in religion, race, nationality, economic status, physical or mental health, family constellation and more - people were inclusive in their reflections about their childhoods.

    At the same time, participants without such childhood experiences also enumerated strengths and options that they felt came from having been raised as a majority member, with a sense of belonging and acceptance that they could leverage for good.

    Both can be true, of course, and that’s the focus of this new study. How do early/childhood experiences affect expatriates’ adults lives?

    Please consider taking the on-line survey if you meet the criteria below. And share it as broadly as you can - Facebook, LinkedIn groups, listservs – any way you know to reach this group.

    Participation criteria:

    - you are 18 years old or older
    - you are now living, or have ever lived as an adult, in a country other than your childhood passport country
    - have spent a total of at least six months outside your passport as an adult

    The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete. Many people have reported they found it a reflective and useful exercise. Here’s the link:

    The Interchange Institute hopes this study will contribute to our broader societal understanding of how we can live effectively and meaningfully with those who are different from us. Thanks for your help.

    Anne P. Copeland, PhD

    Executive Director, The Interchange Institute


    PS If you’re interested in such transitions, please consider joining us for an upcoming Crossing Cultures with Competence training of trainers workshop. Discount available for FIGT members in 2016.

  • 04 Nov 2015 6:42 PM | Judy Rickatson

    What is a Lovepat? 

    Lovepats are those who choose to live long-term in their partner’s homeland. This includes those who have since separated, but have children or another anchor to their ex-partner’s country.

    Lovepats are close cousins with expatriates and accompanying spouses. Like them, lovepats know what it is like to live abroad.  But, lovepats live a different kind of global lifestyle.  Whereas expats and accompanying spouses eventually move on or return to their homeland, lovepats continue to build their life on foreign soil. Lovepats are busy nurturing their bi-national relationship, possibly raising bi-cultural children and finding ways to adapt, belong and do fulfilling work in their adopted country.    

    This choice can add incredible joy and enrichment to their relationships and lives, as well as complexity and challenges. Lovepats are exposed to new values and traditions. They must decide how to blend two cultures; for themselves, their partner and their extended family. Ideally, lovepats are a courageous and resilient folk, who, whether they intend to or not, contribute to cross-cultural understanding and acceptance.  

    Are you a Lovepat?

    We are. We are Oshikan Sjodin-Bunse and Anna Maria Moore from Lovepat Living. Having chosen to become lovepats ourselves, we have a keen interest in understanding the experiences and needs of lovepats. We have created a survey so that lovepats can give voice to their unique situation.

    If you are a lovepat, please take 15 minutes to have your say by filling out our survey. It will give you a chance to reflect on your life-changing decision and how it has affected you, your relationships and many other aspects of your life.  Over 400 lovepats have already given us their thought-provoking answers.

    Results from this survey will allow us to raise awareness about this understudied group, and better support lovepats in building their best life. If you are interested in our research findings or would like to learn more about lovepats, please visit our Facebook group, “lovepats”, or send us an email

    If you have already filled out our survey and know other lovepats, please pass this on.

    Thank you,

    Oshikan & Anna Maria

    To fill out the survey, click on the link below:  

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