Why are we here?
Driven by the International Baccalaureate
philosophy, LIS builds the skills and attitudes
of each member of our community, shaping
adaptable and knowledgeable individuals
who meet challenges with confidence.
Why are we here?
Explore the meaning of global nomad and third culture kid (TCK)
Share our ideas about culture.
There are both challenges and opportunities connected to TCK
and global nomads.
Different children within families and different families experience
these transitions in a variety of ways.
Understanding the cultural issues helps us to prepare our children
for these transitions.
Introduce yourselves at your tables.
Where are you from?
What is the biggest challenge for you living in Luanda?
(yellow post it)
What do you think is the biggest challenge for your
child/children? (green post it)
Robin Pascoe - What is a third culture kid?
TCK & Global Nomad
Third Culture Kid: someone who
has spent a significant part of their
developmental years overseas
Global Nomad: someone who has
spent a significant part of their
time/childhood overseas because of
their father's career
How do you know you are a TCK?
1. To everyone’s confusion, your accent changes depending on who you’re
2. You have a love-hate relationship with the question “Where are you from?”
3. Your circle of best friends is as politically, racially, and religiously diverse
as the United Nations.
4. You get nervous whenever a form needs you to enter a “permanent
5. Love it or hate it, you have a strong and well-informed opinion on the I.B.
6. And, no matter how many you say, good-byes never get easier.
Families in Global Transitions: http://www.figt.org
Magazine for third culture kids: http://www.denizenmag.com
Website for third culture kids: http://www.tckworld.com
Helping families worldwide - Julia Simens: http://jsimens.com
Robin Pascoe’s website: http://www.expatexpert.com
Documentary http://www.neitherherenorthere-thefilm.com (35 minutes exploring cultural identify of six young adults)
Ruth Van Renken blog: http://blog.crossculturalkid.org
Van Renken, Ruth & David Pollock. Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds. Nicholas Bealey Publishing. Boston,