Finding your work groove as a new expat

My first “expat job interview” took place when I was still fairly new to the country – it was terrifying, confusing AND a good learning experience. Even though I had been fortunate enough to get prepped by local friends, the whole thing…

The expat travel dilemma

For many, the opportunity to live abroad is a dream come true. And really, who wouldn’t be excited about the chance to develop a deeper knowledge about a new culture, its people, traditions and foods. The possibility of exploration is one…

Sometimes, a little time is all you need

It’s amazing what a difference a couple of months can make. When my son was heading back to his overseas college after Christmas break, he was feeling pretty down about spending the next few months far away from home. He had a tough first…

Coping with tax season on two continents

It’s not unusual for me to wake up from nightmares this time of year and they have almost exclusively to do with taxes; more specifically being late and/or incorrect with taxes in one form or another: not finding all the right documents and…

A feeling of belonging - it’s all about context

My first experience with culture shock was when I was eleven and my family moved from the big city to the country. I didn’t know it at the time of course, but looking back it’s clear as day that that was what I was experiencing, and it didn’t…

Expat life - challenging and empowering

What is it that constitutes feeling settled in a new place? Is it when you start thinking in the local language, when you’ve gotten the hang of basics, such as queuing and ordering food at restaurants, or when they know your name at the local…

Trials and tribulations of moving

We just moved this week and as far as the logistics of a move goes it was probably one of the easier ones I have ever made. We moved locally and there was no pressure to empty our old house all at once. Also, we had the benefit of prior moving…

Continuing education as an adult

One of the best things I did during my first few years as an accompanying partner on expat assignment was going back to school. Not only did it provide me an opportunity to acquire new skills and make myself employable, it was also a way to…

Third culture kids going off to college

Going off to college is a big step, and whether going far or staying close to home, most kids will experience homesickness and adjustment anxiety at some point in the process – some more than others for sure, but I think it’s safe to say…

Decoding school culture and building a community

Changing schools can be tricky in the best of circumstances and doing so because of an international relocation can complicate matters even more. It’s not just the kids who go to school who have to make adjustments and figure out the new lay…
online-learning

Is online learning for you?

Regardless of your educational goal -- be it to update your current skills, explore a new career or culture, or just gain a better understanding of the world around you -- online learning is a tool worth exploring. Online learning is…

Winter break – short, sweet and appreciated!

There is something particularly sweet about winter break and I am usually a bit down the days before school is about to start again. It always comes as somewhat of a shock that it’s almost over – how can it be, already? I am convinced there…