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All of these books are written by real-life expats and come highly recommended. They contain lots of anecdotes which will make seasoned expats nod, laugh or maybe smile ruefully - but they are also jam-packed full of real-life experience and good solid advice on how to make the most of your expat experience. We hope that you will find something here that speaks to you.

So, you're moving to Australia?

By Sharon Swift

Dreaming of and escape Down Under? Daunted by the task ahead? No idea where to begin? Look no further than So, you're moving to Australia? This book navigates an invaluable 6 step process for those moving from the UK to Australia. From planning your move, the emotional journey, through to the practicalities at each step of the transition, you'll know what to expect and when. This book guides you through these 6 essential steps to planning, managing and handling your move.

Follow in the Tigerman's Footsteps: The Adventurous Life of an Expat

By Colin Guest

By reading this book, you will discover there is more to life than a boring nine-to-five job. I found this out after losing my job in 1983 due to a back injury, which resulted in my becoming an expat. I earned more money than I did in England and travelled to a variety of countries at no expense to myself. In the course of nineteen years, I worked on interior fit-out contracts to a number of five-star hotels and several palaces. During this incredible period in my life, I experienced more of life than many do in a lifetime. By working with workers from another country than my own, it made me realise that not everyone was as lucky as me. Another major turning point in my life occurred when on a contract down on the Turkish Mediterranean coast. There, my late wife and I enjoyed life so much we had a house built. This proved a great decision. After twenty-five years, I still live in Turkey, only now married to a Turkish lady and living in Istanbul. In general, I lived life to the full, and by being positive, so can you.

The Mobile Life: A New Approach to Moving Anywhere

By Diane Lemieux and Anne Parker

Moving to a new country is an adventure equal in scope to the expeditions of great explorers. Your goal is more than to just move house, it is to move your life. The Mobile Life describes how you can plan and build a successful life for yourself (and your family) anywhere in the world. From making the decision to leave, to fitting in among new neighbours, this book describes a structured and innovative approach to relocating. Each chapter links the amazing story of Sir Ernest Shackleton's 1914 Antarctic expedition to the skills, tools and mindset that help you manage the transition to create a new life anywhere. Whether you move once or multiple times, whether you are about to move for the first time or have already moved, this book will make it possible for you to enjoy the mobile life."

A Career in Your Suitcase

By Jo Parfitt & Colleen Reichrath - Smith

Moving to a new country is an adventure equal in scope to the expeditions of great explorers. Your goal is more than to just move house, it is to move your life. The Mobile Life describes how you can plan and build a successful life for yourself (and your family) anywhere in the world. From making the decision to leave, to fitting in among new neighbours, this book describes a structured and innovative approach to relocating. Each chapter links the amazing story of Sir Ernest Shackleton's 1914 Antarctic expedition to the skills, tools and mindset that help you manage the transition to create a new life anywhere. Whether you move once or multiple times, whether you are about to move for the first time or have already moved, this book will make it possible for you to enjoy the mobile life."

A Portable Identity

By Debra Bryson & Charise Hoge

A Portable Identity: A Woman's Guide to Maintaining a Sense of Self While Moving Overseas, Revised Edition, is written by two former expatriate spouses who are also counselors. The book educates and empowers expatriate spouses to take charge of the changes in identity that occur during an international relocation. The most profound change a woman will experience when she moves overseas in support of her husband's career comes from within herself, to her own sense of identity. With two, three, or more years of an overseas assignment, a woman faces the formidable task of creating a life for herself in an unfamiliar country. Unlike any other book about overseas living, this book explains with clarity, candor and compassion, how each stage of the move affects a woman's identity. A Portable Identity is an interactive book with practical exercises and inspiring stories. It is designed to be a companion and guide for the woman who wants to know how her identity is affected at each stage of the move, from pre-departure to arrival, and while living overseas. The book also explains why the thoughts and feelings she may experience as an expatriate spouse are normal within the context of so much change, and how she can use the steps of The Wheel to shape her identity in a way that honors her sense of self while living in a foreign country and culture, as well as during repatriation. A Portable Identity is essential reading for military, corporate, non-governmental organization, missionary, and foreign service spouses. By learning how to take charge of change, a spouse can make choices for a happier and more meaningful life overseas. The result is a more successful transition to life abroad and a more "portable" identity that can thrive away from home. A Portable Identity is also a valuable resource for professionals, including human resource managers, international relocation specialists, employee assistance professionals and therapists. The book provides them with critical information that they can utilize to better assist the accompanying spouse during an international move...

An Inconvenient Posting

By Laura Stephens

British psychotherapist, Laura J Stephens, already had the living abroad tee-shirt, and believed that another intercontinental move, this time to a country where they spoke the same language, would be child's play. How wrong she was! This always candid and often humorous memoir demonstrates that things don't always go as expected - particularly with three kids in tow and an oft-absent husband. Setting up home in Houston placed Stephens in the eye of hurricane Ike, a frisky piano teacher and a crushing loss of identity as she came to terms with losing her hard won career. Unafraid to share the truth of the ensuing depression and her recovery, her story will offer expatriates and those who have suffered similar episodes hope and inspiration. Set against a dramatic Houston backdrop, readers will find a host of good ideas that foster resilience. "Written with eloquence and raw honesty, Laura Stephen's insightful journey provides a rich resource for expatriates and others struggling with the challenges of a major life transition." Tina Quick, author of The Global Nomad's Guide to University Transition, "Touch, taste, and feel the incredible paradoxes inherent in an expatriate lifestyle." Ruth E. Van Reken, author of Letters Never Sent, co-author, Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds, co-founder, Families in Global Transition, "Sometimes bumpy. Never maudlin." Apple Gidley, author of Expat Life Slice by Slice "Stephens graciously takes us along on her downward spiral into depression, then details what helped as she makes her triumphant journey back." Linda A. Janssen, author of The Emotionally Resilient Expat: Engage, Adapt and Thrive Across Cultures, "A treasure trove of understanding and resources." Anne P. Copeland PhD, author of Global Baby, "One joins the author in the journey as she poignantly describes her various emotions and efforts to find her moorings and stability amid the chaos of transition. A must-read!" Virginia Travis, Editor, Among Worlds magazine "A brave book that opens us up to expat depression." Carolyn Vines, author of Black and Abroad

B at Home

By Valerie Besanceney

Emma is only ten years old, but has already moved twice. Now, her parents are telling her the family is moving again. She's furious, sad, nervous, and a little excited, all at the same time. Unsure of how to tackle these conflicting emotions, she turns to B, her faithful teddy bear. While trying to come to terms with the challenges of another move, what Emma really wants is just to 'be at home'. As the journeys of Emma and B unfold, home changes once again, but home also begins to take on a new meaning that Emma can take with her wherever she goes. "In this delightful book you have the solution for how to translate what we, as adults, know about the TCK experience, into language and concepts that children who grow up globally can relate to. This book offers clear strategies for parents, educators, others who work with TCKs, and the TCKs themselves, on practical ways to translate theory into practices to help children navigate the chronic cycles of separation inherent in a TCK's childhood." Ruth E. Van Reken, Co-author, Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds, Co-founder, Families in Global Transition, "Beautifully written, B at Home: Emma Moves Again is a must for parents, teachers and organizations that support global nomads. Adults who work with families in global transition will find it added to their 'go to shelf'. Tidbits such as ' ... home will never ever be one place. It will be constantly moving. Like the waves, like the beads in the kaleidoscope' has made this one of my favorite books!" Julia Simens, Author, Emotional Resilience and the Expat Child: practical storytelling techniques that will strengthen the global family "This is a book that will help children and their parents (and stuffed animals!) with any transition or move. "Dr Lisa Pittman, Co-author, Expat Teens Talk"

Bringing up a Bilingual Child

By Rita Rosenback

'Bringing up a Bilingual Child' is aimed at (existing or soon-to-be) parents in families where more than one language is spoken, as well as anyone in the extended circle of family and friend of such multilingual families, as well as for anyone coming into contact with them. The aim of the book is to help multilingual families to create a supportive environment for children in which they naturally grow up to speak more than one language. The intention is to give you an easy-to-read-and-use guide to multilingual parenting, providing motivation, ideas, advice and answers to any questions parents may have.

Bringing Up Brits

By Meghan Peterson Fenn

Raising and parenting your children in a different country to the one in which you grew up can be difficult, challenging and often lonely and confusing. This book speaks to those parents and discusses issues such as cultural differences, customs and traditions, identity, British systems and language barriers. At the same time, this book offers an interesting and valuable insight into British culture from several different perspectives. This is THE book for parents from other cultures who are raising children in Britain, and in addition for family or friends who are touched by this.

Club Expat: A Teenagers Guide to Moving Overseas

By Anikat & Akash Shah

Club Expat: A Teenager's Guide to Moving Overseas is a comprehensive guidebook for any young adult or family moving overseas. Written by two former expatriate teenagers, this book is the culmination of experiences of students all around the world and of broad consultations with dozens of experts in the field of international relocation. Covering topics ranging from culture shock to the intricacies of overseas life, this guidebook will serve as the knowledgeable "companion" for young adults embarking on a new journey overseas. Aniket and Akash Shah are brothers who lived with their family in Europe and Asia for several years as expatriates. They were born in Allentown, Pennsylvania and lived in different parts of the United States before moving abroad. Aniket and Akash are members of the Class of 2009 and the Class of 2006, respectively, at Yale University.

Definite Articles, How to write and sell winning articles based on your overseas experience.

By Jo Parfitt

This eight lesson course began as a live workshop, which has now been conducted in several countries including Germany, United Arab Emirates, America, Holland and England. For seven years it has also been available as an online correspondence course with students of many nationalities, living in many countries. Practical, down to earth and crammed with information, tips and secrets gleaned from the author's own 25 years as an international journalist, writer and author, this program is perfect for anyone who wants to write articles based on their own experience and get paid for it. This is the third edition and has been fully revised and updated. Lessons include: Finding ideas Being a writer How to write what editors want Beginnings, middles and ends Be your own editor Markets and marketing Making it happen and bonus chapters: How to write a book review 25 magic markets Blogging, tweeting and all that jazz.

Dutched Up! Rocking the Clogs Expat Style

By Lynn Morrison and Olga Mecking

With its tall buildings and tulip-lined canals, the Netherlands is a wonderful place to visit. But what happens when you move there instead? We asked a group of expat women to share their stories about moving to the land of windmills. From wondering why everyone's curtains are open, to stealing back bicycles, to struggling to get doctors to take you seriously, to having babies, making friends and learning to get along with Dutch colleagues, these women did not hold back in telling their tales of life in the Netherlands. Whether you are thinking of moving there or have been a resident for years, this book has something to offer. You'll laugh, cry, raise your fist in frustration and nod your head in agreement. Most of all, you'll be enthralled by these stories of everyday life from some not-so-everyday women.

Expat Partners Survival Guide

By Clara Wiggins

"Amazing - so full of information: I wish I'd had this book when I first became an expat wife" - Brigid Keenan, author of Diplomatic Baggage and Packing Up. From how to organise an overseas move to what to do in the event of an earthquake, the Expat Partner’s Survival Guide is a light-hearted yet in-depth guide for anyone accompanying their partner on an overseas assignment. In our increasingly globalised society, more and more people are moving to another country to work – and many of these people are taking their partners and families with them. What does it feel like to sit at home alone in a strange country on the first day your partner leaves for work? How easy is it to find the right school for your child – and what happens if your child hates it there? Where exactly are you going to track down all the ingredients needed for tonight’s dinner? And what happens when it all goes very, very wrong? This authoritative guide draws on the expert advice of more than 70 expat partners who have been there, done that and survived to tell their tales. The experts include author Clara Wiggins, who spent her childhood as a ‘trailing daughter’ accompanying her diplomat parents on various exotic postings including the Philippines and Venezuela. She later saw life from the other side, when was posted to Jamaica and then took her young family on her husband’s postings to Islamabad and St Lucia. She is currently preparing for another move, to South Africa.


Expat Teens Talk

By Dr. Lisa Pittman and Diana Smit

Expat Teens Talk is specifically targeted to Expatriate Teenagers and those who work with this unique population. It addresses the needs and different challenges that Expat Teens face throughout their lives (in particular, their adolescent years), and enables them to learn more about and understand that most of what they are going through and what they feel as a result of constant change in their lives is 'normal' and shared by many other Expat Teens worldwide. Expat Teens, worldwide, shared with us their stories, questions, challenges, fears, and experiences. In return for their submissions, we provided them with support, advice, and solutions from the perspective of their fellow Expat Peers, as well as the perspective of other Expat Parents and Expat Professionals, as these are the three groups that Expat Teenagers most want to hear from. It is meant to be a 'dip in, dip out' book, as opposed to feeling like it has to be read from cover to cover. We hope to provide the tools and information that Expat Teens can use to empower themselves and their peers, worldwide.

Expat Women: Confessions 

By Andrea Martins

If you have ever wondered what it is like to live abroad, work abroad or accompany your working partner abroad, this book is for you. If you are already living the expat life but have mixed emotions about settling in, rebuilding your identity, relationship changes, successfully managing your money and career, raising children far from home or repatriating, this book is also for you. In Expat Women: Confessions - 50 Answers to Your Real-Life Questions about Living Abroad, experienced expats Andrea Martins and Victoria Hepworth share a wealth of wisdom and positive tips to motivate you at every stage of your expat journey. They cover popular topics like leaving family back home, transitioning quickly, intercultural relationships, parenting bilingual children and work-life balance. They also address more difficult issues such as expat infidelity, divorce, alcoholism and reverse culture shock. This unique book is the perfect addition to every expat bookshelf. "A must for anyone who is, has been or will be an expat!" Peggy Love, GMS, CERP, President, FIGT (Families in Global Transition) "A terrific book! Real-life examples of the challenges expat women face, with insightful and practical advice, this should be on the must-read list for anyone involved with expatriate administration." Andrea David, Head of Global Mobility, Bloomberg LP "What a great book! For the first time, a real-life manual that will reassure every expat woman that she is not alone in her unspoken feelings and questions. I loved it!" Ruth E. Van Reken, Co-author of Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds "This book is a great resource for all expat women." Leslie Brant Teixeira, Director, U.S. Department of State Family Liaison Office “Expat Women: Confessions is a wonderful addition to the literature on the experiences of women during their lives abroad. Andrea and Victoria answer difficult questions with empathy, an upbeat attitude, and wisdom. This is a book that every expat woman should keep at her bedside for the moments that inevitably surface when abroad – and even after repatriation.” Elizabeth Perelstein, President, School Choice International and named one of Fortune Magazine’s 10 Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs (2010).

Finding Home Abroad

By Rachel Yates and Trisha Carter

"Let's be honest: expat life can be tough. Although exciting, exhilarating and enriching, it can also be one of the greatest challenges you face. Get the tools you need to succeed in this guided journal, created by Trisha Carter (cross cultural psychologist), and Rachel Yates (expatriate resource developer). In a world where the rules are different, the environment unfamiliar and your support network far away, they will guide you through the process to a successful overseas relocation. Whether this is your first, your fourth or your final move, you too can find your home abroad." "Finding Home Abroad encourages you to get to know your new location from the inside out, leaving assumptions behind. This guide is a gem - don't leave home without it!" Apple Gidley Author, Expat Life Slice by Slice "A must-have personal resource for first-time international assignees and their accompanying partners, a great complementary tool for any cross-cultural trainer or coach, and an invaluable resource for expats." Anne-Claude Lambelet Intercultural Competence & Career Development Coach "Rooted in research but written for practitioners, Finding Home Abroad will be a huge help to those who use it, as well as their families and organizations." David A Livermore, thought leader in CQ and global leadership Best-selling author, Cultural Intelligence: Improving Your CQ to Engage Our Multicultural World and Leading With Cultural Intelligence: The New Secret to Success

Foreigner in Charge

By Padraig O'Sullivan

Coming to Australia is often a dream come true for many executives and their families: the fantastic climate, clean beaches and world-class food all beckon. This is your chance to step onto the world stage and take your family along for the ride of a lifetime. Everything points to success. However, up to 50 per cent of international leadership assignments end in failure. So what's the solution? In Foreigner in Charge, leading international business coach Padraig O'Sullivan takes a comprehensive and insightful look at what it takes to succeed in your new assignment. Central to the book is the PALDER framework, a proven, integrated approach mapping out the transition phases an expatriate leader will undergo in their first twelve to twenty-four months. It illustrates the waves of change you, your family and the organisation will go through and gives you the necessary navigation tools.

Home keeps moving. A glimpse into the Extraordinary Life of a "Third Culture Kid".

By Heidi Sand-Hart

'Home Keeps Moving' follows Heidi and her missionary family on their many moves through the eyes of a Third Culture Kid (TCK) and the unique phenomena of having four very different home countries to relate to. It tells the true story of being catapulted from continent to continent constantly: leaving friends and starting all over again, her unquenchable search for a 'home' and sense of belonging in this world, her desire for a life-partner with the odds all but against her due to constantly relocating (even into adulthood). You will laugh and cry along with Heidi as she recounts hilarious and heart-breaking tales from her childhood as West blends with East. That is the true beauty of Heidi's upbringing, it crossed borders and defied logic but she lacked for nothing.

Insights and Interviews from the 2014 Families in Global Transition FIGT Conference

Edited by Jo Parfitt, Sue Mannering and Dounia Bertuccelli

Almost 20 years ago, four women sat round an Indianapolis kitchen table and had a dream. They dreamed of creating a conference that would inspire, support, inform and encourage families living overseas. 2015 marks the 17th Families in Global Transition conference which currently takes place in Washington, DC, attended by people from every sector: corporate, missions, military and education. Researchers, teachers, spouses and authors join experts in their field to share three common goals: to teach what they know; to make connections; to learn more about what it means to be globally mobile. This book of insights and interviews, garnered from the 2014 event and written by the Parfitt Pascoe Writing Residents provides those who cannot make it to Washington a peek into what goes on, what is said and what matters at FIGT. "A brilliant review of the many talents and amazing stories to be found at an FIGT conference. I'm honored to be featured in a book that will shed light on the incredible talent in our global community." Ellen Mahoney, Nomination Chair of the Board of FIGT, CEO & Founder of Sea Change Mentoring, "What better symbol than the kitchen table for evoking important family discussions? It's no surprise that the vision for Families in Global Transition grew out of such a warm, comforting, and encouraging image. And now, here are the words to accompany that picture." Robin Pascoe, author of books for expat families. "Catch up on the latest and hottest FIGT conversations! Now I can relive every session and learn all about those I missed." Isabelle Min, CEO & Founder, Transition Catalyst Korea Institute Seoul, Korea, "While FIGT is in session, we all want to be in three or four places at the same time but simply can't. This inclusive record of what goes on makes Insights and Interviews a keepsake that lasts for decades. Now you really can be in several places at once." Julia Simens, FIGT Program Chair 2015 and author of Emotional Resilience and the Expat Child. "It helps us appreciate and understand how the past brought us our present and inspires our future." Yvonne Quahe, Global Mobility Specialist, World Bank Group, Washington DC.

Inspiring Global Entrepreneurs

By Meghan Fenn and Heide Mulligan Walker

Being an entrepreneur is a choice and sometimes it is a choice you make many times along the way. This book is for you whether you: - just found out that you will be an expat and are wondering what the future might hold for you - are thinking about starting up your own business in a foreign country - are already a successful expat business owner - have recently started up your own business - are wondering if there is any market for your business idea - are returning home and wondering what your next steps will be for your business You will find in this book: - a virtual network that will inspire, encourage, motivate and support you throughout your entrepreneurship journey - words of wisdom that will help you no matter what stage you are at - worksheets and reflection activities which will help you focus and strategize - a guide to help you create your own expat entrepreneur roadmap that will help you to make your business goals a reality.

Moving to Spain With Children  

By Lisa Sadleir

Don't even think of Moving to Spain with Children without reading this essential self-help manual Compiled by a successful British working Mum who has experienced the relocation roller-coaster for you, the highs, lows and occasional shrieks of panic, it could save you months of hassle and heartache. Chapters cover: Timing your Move; Choosing the Best Location; Property Purchase; Schooling; Paperwork; Learning Spanish; Healthcare; Bringing Pets to Spain; Starting a Business... ...And other considerations crucial to ensuring a smooth transition to your new lifestyle. With information that's bang up-to-date, Lisa "tells it like it is". Spiced with the author's own heart-warming anecdotes, you'll arrive at the same place her own family is now - but in half the time: Living and loving family life in Spain! If you have ever wished for the gift of hindsight, "Moving to Spain with Children" is just that: a gift of a book!

Moving Without Shaking

By Yelena Parker

This award-winning book is a definitive guide for women looking to build international careers and experience life abroad. In Moving Without Shaking, Yelena Parker answers many questions that new and experienced expats alike ask at different times of their journeys and offers practical, no-nonsense advice on how to thrive abroad.

This book will help you navigate your life overseas, adjust to local cultures, set priorities from learning languages to working through new job markets, keep in touch with your friends and family and maintain a positive attitude.

You can keep wondering what it is going to be like or learn from experiences of women who have taken the leap to study, work, or volunteer abroad, set your own goals, build a plan and try it out.

My Moving Booklet 

By Valérie Besanceney

"Like any journey, moving induces excitement and fear. Moving without an emotional map, however, induces terror. Where am I going? What am I feeling? What is happening? Am I normal? With efficient strokes of her pen, Valérie Besanceney sweeps these troubling questions aside for any child fortunate enough to receive this book. My Moving Booklet traces the contours of every move's landscape, freeing the young explorer to color in the mountains and valleys he or she encounters. Each turn of the page quietly reinforces this book's most important message to children: someone knows where you are. Moving isn't easy. Being reassured you're still on the map makes it easier. And because children clutch tightly to the people and things that make them feel safe, My Moving Booklet will earn its title in small sets of hands everywhere." Douglas W. Ota, Author, Safe Passage: What Mobility Does to People and What International Schools Should Do About It "Valérie Besanceney has come up with a perfect addition to any classroom or family that deals with the comings and goings of our citizens of the world. Not only will the child enjoy the beautiful emotions icons but they will be easily able to label how certain parts of this move is making them feel. If a child can easily share their honest emotions they will more readily be able to make the most out of changes whether it is across town or across the world. It is exciting to see that caring adults now have a tool that can really benefit a child in transition. When a child is going through a move, he or she might be going through many diff erent emotions. As Besanceney says, 'Sometimes it is easier to identify with illustrations and words than to come up with your own words.' This is why My Moving Booklet is perfect for your young child." Julia Simens, Author, Emotional Resilience and the Expat Child: practical storytelling techniques that will strengthen the global family "Helping a child prepare for a successful transition has just become much easier! Valérie Besanceney's booklet is a great tool for schools wanting to collaborate effectively with every child and his or her parents to help ease them on their life journey. Straightforward, and well structured, it also provides lots of room for the creativity of the individuals involved and keeps the child at the centre. Thank you!" Jennifer Armstrong, Principal of Primary, La Châtaigneraie Campus, The International School of Geneva.

Retire to the Life You Love, Practical Tools for Designing Your Meaningful Future 

By Nell Smith

Nell Smith is the Creator and Founder of Retire to the Life You Design© workshops and presentations. As a professional retirement planner and certified career development professional, she has inspired thousands of adults to plan their careers, find work, and prepare for a fulfilling retirement life. Now in her 70s, Nell embodies the Six Circles of Life framework while living in Calgary, Canada with her husband. Retire to the Life You Love invites you to embrace your future from the inside, out. Through its practical tools and real life examples, you gain clarity and confidence to be the unique individual you are and to do what is most important and joyful to you. This is a work of wisdom inspired by the author's more than 25 years of experience facilitating the career transitions of thousands of men and women. WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT THIS BOOK: One of the most insightful and practical books I have encountered to help address the next chapter of one's life! Linda Berens, Understanding Yourself and Others: An Introduction to the 4 Temperaments A must read for anyone who is truly looking for a robust, all-encompassing, and fulfilling roadmap for their later years. Retirement is more than a money crunching exercise. Canadian Institute of Financial Planning Like a conversation with a life coach, Nell deftly guides you with examples, stories, and practical tools to show you the opportunities a long life can bring. Ken Dychtwald, Ph.D., Founder of Age Wave and Author, A New Purpose: Redefining Money, Family, Work, Retirement, and Success This lively and engaging book raises the questions which have been in my mind and provides a rich resource for exploring them. Professor Tony Watts, International Policy Consultant, Career Development, UK A comprehensive approach to reframing retirement from an outdated model to an energizing phase of life. Rich Feller, Past President, National Career Development Association and Thought Leader, Life Reimagined Program, AARP

Safe Passage: How mobility affects people & what international schools should do about it.

By Douglas W. Ota

"Moving is one of life's greatest challenges. The largest study in educational research history demonstrates that moving harms learning. But moving not only challenges students. The experience of lost identity extends across the lifespan, also affecting parents and school staff. Firmly grounded in psychological theory and cutting-edge neuroscience, Safe Passage maps the challenges and charts a course for individuals, schools, and accrediting bodies to navigate them. Although primarily focusing on international schools, the hopeful message within this book reaches into any school, university, or organization where human beings come and go." BACK COVER REVIEWS "Every international educator and expat parent should buy this book. Ota's style will pull you in and his ideas will transform what you think is possible." Barbara F. Schaetti, Ph.D. Founder, Personal Leadership Seminars ( Author, Personal Leadership: Making a World of Difference "Safe Passage took me on an emotional journey - one that helped me understand the experiences that have shaped me. I believe it will help others too." Jane Larsson, Executive Director Council of International Schools "A good Transition Program can make the difference between a great experience abroad and a rough one. Ota's book makes it possible for one person to start the wheels turning anywhere in the world." Chica Strauszer, Parent, Founder of Transitions Program International School Nido de Aguilas, Santiago, Chile "Safe Passage is indispensable for every therapist or teacher who works with TCKs... it is sure to be a classic in the TCK literature." Lois J Bushong, M.S. Author, Belonging Everywhere & Nowhere

Slurping Soup and other confusions: True stories and activities to help third culture kids during transition

By Maryam Afnan Ahmad, Cherie Emigh, Ulrike Gemmer, Barbara Menezes, Kathryn Tonges, Lucinda Willshire

Slurping Soup and other confusions: true stories and activities to help third culture kids during transition Slurping Soup And Other Confusions is a collection of twenty-three real life stories from third culture kids. Each story is followed by a related activity. The activities are suitable for three to twelve year olds and include brainstorming, problem solving, party planning, family tree, quirky word games etc. The book aims to help children cope with the challenges of living internationally. The stories explore: - Adapting to new environments -Who am I? Where do I belong? - Home and family adjustment - Cultural differences - Friendship change This charming book is a catalyst for crucial discussions every expat family needs to have. "Slurping Soup is a must-have resource for parents, teachers and children dealing with transition. This interactive tool will assist elementary-aged children in understanding and coping with the challenges and emotions that go along with international relocations." Tina Quick, author of The Global Nomad's Guide to University Transition, Founder, International Family Transitions, "As a parent of a mixed race child, it's rare to find a book that speaks to my family's experience the way Slurping Soup does." Michael Wester, Publisher, Beijing Kids Magazine "Slurping Soup gives parents the chance to find out what our kids are feeling or thinking when transitioning to a new country or back home. Children often don't know how to communicate these 'new' feelings. It was nothing short of a miracle when this book came into our life." Captain and Mrs George Vance, US Coast Guard and parents of 12, 9 and 5 year old, Beijing, China and Annapolis, Maryland "Slurping Soup is an invaluable resource for expatriate families. It contains colourful observations and stories that Third Culture Kids will find engaging and meaningful. I highly recommend it!" Dr Cheryl Smith, Clinical Psychologist, Lyon, France and mother of two Third Culture Kids, aged 10 and 12 "Whether you are about to move to another country for the first time or have always lived overseas, Slurping Soup is a valuable resource that effectively addresses the challenges of living in a new culture. The authors have uniquely combined true stories and rich illustrations with practical activities to provide readers of all ages with a much-needed resource to proactively identify and address transition challenges. This outstanding book is a must read for all families living in an international context." Barry Dequanne, Head of School, American School of Brasilia "Relocating from China to Switzerland, Slurping Soup became THE book to discuss our family transition challenges. My 9-year-old daughter kept asking me to sit with her and go through some of the stories and activities and was reassured to see her challenges had been shared by other children." Jasmine Keel, Senior Learning & Development Consultant, mother of three Third Culture Kids aged 10, 8 and 1,Switzerland.

Subtle Differences, Big Faux Pas, Test Your Cultural Competence 

By Elizabeth Vennekens-Kelly

Using first names may seem like a friendly way to begin a meeting, but will your business associates see it that way? Want to give yellow flowers to express gratitude and friendship to your dinner hostess... but will she understand the message? Will your thumbs-up gesture be interpreted as positive or offensive? Situations like these arise regularly when you interact with individuals from different cultures. Cross-cultural gaffes can hurt relationships, business deals and your chance of happiness overseas. Cross-cultural trainer, Elizabeth Vennekens-Kelly, is an American and former healthcare executive. She is married to a Belgian and now lives and works in several European countries. In this book she aims to help you appreciate that just because something is done one way in your country does not mean it is acceptable in another. This book is a fun, light-hearted, but very important, first step towards establishing intercultural awareness. "Subtle Differences, Big Faux Pas is packed with practical tips and exercises that will lead the reader to a successful life overseas. Whether you are living or working internationally, Elizabeth Kelly doles out advice to help the reader understand and enjoy a full international experience. Her golden rules: don't be shy, trust your instinct, and listen. Good advice for everyone!" Celeste Brown, FAWCO President 2007-2009 "So useful for expat women; a practical and entertaining manual, written from 'first hand' experience." Elena Bucciero, publisher, (A)WAY magazine, "A cross-cultural primer chock full of important information and describing many brief cross-cultural dilemmas. The book is loaded with quizzes and that was my favorite part. I think anyone or everyone will find this book useful as well as fun to read." Norine Dresser, author of Multicultural Manners,

The Emotionally Resilient Expat - Engage, Adapt and Thrive Across Cultures

By Linda a. Janssen

Living abroad offers enriching experiences of growth, broadened perspective, enhanced cultural understanding. Yet its transition-rich, change-driven, cross-cultural nature can place considerable demands, leaving us stressed, disconnected, our identity in flux. Building on existing literature and benefitting from recent developments in psychology and brain-body connections, The Emotionally Resilient Expat: Engage, Adapt and Thrive Across Cultures shows the key to successful transitions and beyond lies in emotional resilience to adapt, adjust or simply accept. Linda A. Janssen combines candid personal stories from experienced expats and cross-culturals, with a wealth of practical tools, techniques and best practices from emotional, social and cultural intelligence, positive psychology, mindfulness, stress management, self-care and related areas. FACTORS™ offers a way to live a healthier, more positive, emotionally engaged, culturally connected global life. "Using personal story and solid theory in her groundbreaking book on emotional resilience, Linda A. Janssen guides those facing the challenges of cross-cultural living to dig under the initial rocky surfaces of overseas life to discover - and use - the rich gold of their own experience. A great resource for expats of all backgrounds." Ruth E. Van Reken, Author, Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds "Janssen's work is sure to be a stand out in any expatriate or cross-cultural arena. She eloquently, articulately and incisively delves into areas previously considered taboo in order to highlight how we can all gain mastery over whatever life throws our way. I will definitely be referencing Janssen's material when working with TCKs, expat parents and international students." Tina L Quick, Author, The Global Nomad's Guide to University Transition, "A practical guide in the art of managing the risks of overseas life in ways that will promote endurance and effectiveness. Full of honest and hope-filled stories from the lived experience and life-long learning of Janssen and her dozens of expatriate contributors. An invaluable companion for expats who want to know that they are not alone." Duncan P. Westwood, PhD, (C)OACCPP Clinical Director of Expatriate Care & Development, International Health Management "As with any food rich in nutrition, this book is best sampled regularly and digested slowly." Drs. Douglas W. Ota, NIP Psychologist, NMI Mediator, Family Therapist,

The Expat Activity Book

By Jodi Harris

Whether you’re a diplomat, a military family member, a recently returned volunteer, missionary, study abroad student or intern, The Expat Activity Book is designed to give you new tools and insight for personal growth. Written in an accessible, conversational style, The Expat Activity Book draws on author Jodi Harris’ years of experience as an expat, social worker and life coach. Each of the activities addresses a specific experience commonly faced by people who move from one country to another, including: understanding how to better live outside your comfort zone, cultivating awareness in the face of culture shock, developing community, preparing for transition, and many more. The self-paced activities can be revisited as needed and repeated any number of times. This book’s twenty activities will help you get unstuck, look at things anew and home in on what matters most to you…wherever you are.

The Expert Expat: Your Guide to Successful Relocation Abroad

By Melissa Brayer Hess and Patricia Linderman

An eagerly awaited new edition of the guide that has become essential reading for anyone moving overseas. Personal stories from the authors dozens of years abroad - as well as the experience of countless expats worldwide - help prepare people for the exhilarating and daunting tasks of establishing a life far from home. Includes an important new chapter on safety, including expert advice on preventing identity theft and responding to terrorist threat and, for the increasing numbers going solo, guidance on networking and establishing a home.

The Global Expatriate's Guide to Investing

By Andrew Hallam

Most of the world's 200 million expats float in stormy seas. Few can contribute to their home country social programs. They're often forced to fend for themselves when they retire. The Global Expatriate's Guide to Investing is the world's only book showing expats how to build wealth overseas with index funds. Written by bestselling author, Andrew Hallam, it's a guide for everyone, no matter where they are from. Warren Buffett says you should buy index funds. Nobel prize winners agree. But dangers lurk. Financial advisors overseas can be hungry wolves. They don't play by the same set of rules. They would rather earn whopping commissions than follow solid financial principles. The Global Expatriate's Guide To Investing shows how to avoid these jokers. It explains how to find an honest financial advisor: one that invests with index funds instead of commission paying windfalls. You don't want an advisor? Fair enough. Hallam shows three cutting edge index fund strategies. He compares costs and services of different brokerages, whether in the U.S. or offshore. And he shows every nationality how to invest in the best products for them. Some people want stability. Some want strong growth. Others want a dash of both.

The Stress-Free Guide to Studying in the States

By Toni Summers Hargis

In today's global world, many students attend universities outside the country, culture and education system in which they were born or grew up. For an increasing number, the USA will be their aim, but few will have an understanding of the US education system, the best universities for their field of study, or the application requirements for international students. Where do you start? With this book. For the first time crucial information is in one place, answering all your questions on US universities – applications, academics, visa requirements, arrival on campus and beyond. This book is an essential first resource for any student, or parent of a student, looking for a comprehensive, easily accessible, stress-free guide to studying in the States.

The Worlds Within, An Anthology of TCK art and writing: young, global and between cultures

Edited by Eva László-Herbert and Jo Parfitt

Your mother is Swiss, your father is from the Philippines and you have so far lived in five countries, none of them your passport country. Who are you? Where are you from? Where is home? And what did you eat for breakfast? If you are a friend, this book will guide you. If you are a teacher, it will enlighten you. If you are a parent, it will spell it out for you and if you are an employer, it will convince you. Here they are, the cultural chameleons, the young global nomads, the TCKs - Third Culture Kids - from around the world, telling you their story. They gave us their words and art, so that finally there is a book BY them and not ABOUT them. "A wonderful and timely update to the TCK story as it continues to be lived out by a new generation. It answers the question of 'what is the same' and 'what is different' from the past generations of TCKs." Ruth Van Reken, author of Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds and Letters Never Sent. "A much needed book! This book gives children/adolescents a voice regarding their TCK experience, very touching, very poignant." Ryan Haynes, High School Counselor, International School Bangkok, "To read this anthology is to reverberate our stories as a growing tribe. We echo one another. These youths' stories are mine, yours, ours." Myra Dumapias, MSW, CEO of TCKid, Building Cross Cultural Bridges, "This poignant collection may make you laugh, may make you cry and, if you pay close enough attention, will provide you with deep insight into what it feels like to be a third culture kid." Ellen Mahoney, Founder & CEO, Sea Change Mentoring, "Just as Lennart Nilsson's spectacular photographs of developing embryos revolutionized our view of human life, so too will The Worlds Within shed light on the development of the TCK personality, from toddler to adult, and all from within the fluid of the TCK's own experience. A fascinating read." Douglas W. Ota, author of Safe Passage: What Mobility Does to People and What International Schools Should Do About It |

Third Culture Kids: The Experience of Growing Up Among Worlds

By David C Pollock & Ruth E. Van Reken

Filled with real-life anecdotes, Third Culture Kids examines the nature of the TCK experience and its effect on maturing, developing a sense of identity and adjusting to one s passport country upon return. For many third culture kids, this book will be their first opportunity to discover that they share a common heritage with countless others around the world. Highlighting dramatic changes brought about by instant communication and new mobility patterns, the new edition shows how the TCK experience is becoming increasingly common and valuable. The authors also expand the coverage to include cross-cultural kids, children of bi-racial or bi-cultural parents, immigrants and international adoptees all of this bringing hidden diversity to our world and challenging our old notions of identity and home.

Trailing: A Memoir 

By Kristin Louise Duncombe

Something unexpected occurs when Kristin Louise Duncombe moves to New Orleans to begin her adult life as a psychotherapist: She falls madly in love with a Médecins Sans Frontières doctor, abandons all of her plans, and follows him on a medical mission to East Africa. Faced with the dual culture shock of Kenya and life with the MSF team, Kristin struggles to craft a new existence in a context of mishap, witchcraft, and the life or death stakes of the MSF world. Just when she has managed to establish a life for herself in Nairobi, a violent carjacking catapults her into a state of acute post-traumatic stress, and her life thereafter devolves into a world of intense anxiety that permeates every aspect of her existence. Forced to examine questions about her relationship, career, and personal identity, she struggles to save her marriage while facing the most difficult fight of her life: saving herself. 

Duncombe’s debut, as humorous as it is harrowing, provides an insider’s view of an MSF marriage and the humanitarian crisis in East Africa. Probing deeply into her tumultuous search for identity, she captures the essence of the experience with extraordinary authenticity and honesty. An altogether life-altering journey to the core of the human soul, Trailing: A Memoir is a compulsive page-turner, as fascinating as it is life affirming.

Turning Points

By Kate Cobb

How would you feel if suddenly your life fell apart? What if you found yourself in prison, divorced, seriously ill, bankrupt, disabled, alone, addicted or any one of many other unthinkable disasters? Well, that is exactly the kind of challenge that each of the 25 incredible women included in this unique anthology faced. And it is from such dilemmas of life-changing proportions, from such Turning Points, that each of these women stopped, took stock and decided to turn their lives around. It is through their candid stories that they share details of their lowest moments and their eventual incredible achievements. Perhaps, more importantly, they provide practical advice, comprehensive resources, connections and ideas as well as countless valuable giveaways and free consultations. The women featured here are phenomenal – or are they? In fact, many are just like you and I and simply decided to grab life by the throat and turn it around, once and for all, for the better. Now it is your chance to benefit from what they learned along the way.

Authors: Kate Cobb, Karin Volo, Frederique Murphy, Anne Pïlling, Tracy Neely, Aleksandra Turner, Beth Hoban, Dr Janet Orion, Christina Louise, Kelly Cornell, Julia Carter, Ana Poirier, Rachel Rofé, Ann Mitchell, Louise Wiles, Jo Dodds, Tara Majeska, Susan Carter, Nicole Le Maire, Linda Janssen, Anna Kokueva, Natalie Tollenaere, Lori Elgin, Sarah Koblow, May Moore

Unrooted Childhoods: Memories of Growing Up Global

By Faith Eidse and Nina Sichel

A fusion of voices and deeply personal experiences from every corner of the globe, Unrooted Childhoods presents a cultural mosaic of today's citizens of the world. In twenty stirring memoirs of childhoods spent packing, writings by both world-famous and first-time authors (many published here for the first time) make universal the story of growing up without the opportunity to ever feel rooted. Best-selling fiction and non-fiction authors Isabel Allende, Carlos Fuentes, Pat Conroy, Pico Iyer and Ariel Dorfman contribute powerful and deeply personal accounts of mobile childhoods and the cultural experiences they engender. The memoirs touch on both the benefits and the difficulties of growing up in the ever changing landscape of diplomatic, military and other expatriate communities.

Who is Mr. Plutin?

By Rebecca Strong

Yesterday Vika Serkova was in New York, eating takeout alone in her closet-sized apartment. Today she wakes up with a wedding ring on her finger, next to a man who claims to be her husband. In a designer flat in St Petersburg, Russia. Huh? Her new reality is full of surprises. She owns only stilettos but can't take a step in them without falling. People around her seem to think she's lived in Russia her entire life. Her daily routine includes thousand-dollar spa visits with caviar and Dom Pérignon. And her husband is a handsome oligarch who buys her jewelry without any occasion. This new Russian life seems to be as different from the old American life as two countries' views on Crimea. Has reality blown a fuse? Vika won't worry about it now that she is a living Cinderella story. At least not until her husband drops an ultimate bomb about why she's forgotten everything, about the work she does with her father, and about her current assignment for the Russian President. The assignment, which, as she discovers a day later, sets her against her husband in a conspiracy big enough to cost them not only their Breguets but very possibly their lives. To save herself and the family she is beginning to remember Vika needs to fool them into defecting. A perfect plan but only if she can manage it with her Russian memory MIA and her opponents set on destroying each other even before Vika's manicure dries. Fun and fast-paced, WHO IS MR. PLUTIN? is set in modern day St. Petersburg, Russia where your chances in life are only as good as the car you drive, the clothes you wear, and the people you stay away from.

Write Your Life Stories: The Workbook

By Jo Parfitt

This book comes as part of a complete home study course, comprising a 40 minute video, 2 hours of audio and over 200 JustWrite Inspirational stickers in addition to this text book. Inside the text book is information on how to download the 8 audio lessons, video and stickers. This home study course has been created, written, tested and produced by Jo Parfitt, herself a writer of 26 books, hundreds of articles and many blog posts and columns in the 20 years she has worked as a writer and teacher. Its eight lessons include: Introduction to the SPICE method for making your life stories leap off the page. Letting it flow Writing about childhood Writing about people Writing about places Writing on a theme Writing humour Writing complete stories, with beginnings, middles and ends There is an additional bonus lesson on the 20 most common mistakes and the editing process. Each lesson comprises an introduction to the topic, a limbering up exercise and a variety of examples of life story writing taken from published authors and the author's own students. The lesson concludes with a written exercise. Personal feedback on one or more pieces of homework is available for an additional fee. The author has lived abroad in five countries - Dubai, Oman, Norway, France and now the Netherlands, in addition to her native England. Living in an international community means that her course includes many extracts and examples from students and authors of over 10 nationalities. It is ideal for anyone who wants to write about real incidents from his or her life and turn those into individual stories, full-length memoir, blogs, columns, a family legacy, self-help books or fiction. Jo Parfitt has been teaching for 20 years and her students claim she is inspiring and empowering.