Maria Lombart stood before an audience of over 200 people in The Hague, Netherlands. It was two years ago at the Families in Global Transition (FIGT) Conference but her dynamic presentation has continued to resonate with me ever since. It's a personal story of loss and identity development with similarities to many cross-cultural students … Continue reading A Kaleidoscope of Cultures: Cross-Cultural Childhood Losses and Identity Development
I am excited to finally share one of the big projects I've been working on in 2018. _____ Announcing the launch of Sea Change Mentoring and Globally Grounded’s independent research project into transitions support at international schools International schools are the most popular educational platform for families in global transition. While recent years have brought … Continue reading Surveying the Landscape: Common practices, challenges, and opportunities in International School transitions support
Calling all International School Educators, Counsellors and Leadership Does your school resemble a revolving door – students, families and staff constantly leaving and arriving? Do you have: students from culturally diverse backgrounds struggling to integrate into your school community or engage effectively in learning? teachers searching for strategies to equip and support their Cross Cultural … Continue reading Announcing: Transitions 101 Webinar Series
This week I am honoured to be writing over at I Am A Triangle's (IAAT) brand new website. What began almost four years ago as a Facebook group of 30 'Triangles' has now grown into a community of over 15,000 people who have lived in various cultures and countries, whether as children, teens or adults. Launched … Continue reading Top 10 Questions Asked By Students Starting at a New School
How do you feel about words? Do you prefer the written word or the spoken word? Or both? Do you gravitate towards words of one language or multiple languages? I find words to be very powerful. They can build up or they can tear down. My brain prefers the written word, in English, yet I … Continue reading Quotable Quotes for a Fulfilled Global Life
Amid the constant departures and arrivals of an international school, let's consider one group of students that is often forgotten. The front door flew open, the school bag dropped to the floor, and fast, furious footsteps stormed up the stairs. The bedroom door slammed. Silence. We had been living in Singapore less than four months … Continue reading 6 Steps Towards Being a Successful Stayer in an International School
Writing over at the International School Magazine, I take a look through the eyes of a globally mobile student to investigate mobility’s impact on learning – and what schools can offer in support. Educators, parents and students in an international school community, please read this article and forward it onto your colleagues, your children's teachers and … Continue reading What I Wish My (International School) Teacher Knew About Me
Today I am sharing with you my first published article. Written for International Teacher Magazine, I investigate the impact of international mobility on learning and what can be done to support students through the challenges of transition from country to country. It's a fact that international mobility impacts learning. Some teachers in International Schools know it. … Continue reading International Mobility and Learning
In any globally mobile community there are three types of people – The Leaver, The Arriver and The Stayer. I have been all of these people. The Leaver is the one you see at this time of year running around like a crazy person, trying to finalise the removalists and the pet’s quarantine requirements all … Continue reading 7 Steps Towards Being a Successful Stayer
Following my last post about the Importance of Goodbyes, I have received considerable feedback from readers regarding how to go about saying Goodbye. Here is a repost of my blog outlining how to leave well so you can enter your next destination well.
It’s that time of year again – the Moving Season. It is the time of year when globally mobile families around the world pack up their homes, their memories and their emotions and move to a new destination. For some it will mean returning to their “home” country whilst for others, their life will continue in a new “host” country.
Moving is regarded as equally as stressful as death and divorce and repatriation is known to be the most difficult of all international transitions.
Leaving is a process, not an event and it begins the minute you learn that you are on the move. You have already begun the subconscious loosening of emotional ties – to people, places and possessions. I know this because I have done the journey. In this blog, I share a little about the steps our family followed to ensure that we left our host country…
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