Safe Passage, how mobility affects people & what international schools should do about it

Author: Doug Ota

Language: English

Summary: “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.” Source:

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Expat alien: my global adventures


Author: Kathleen Gamble

Language: English

Summary: Kathleen grew up moving from country to country. She was born in Burma and lived in Mexico, Colombia, Nigeria, Switzerland and the US. Expat Alien takes you through her memories of each new place and the challenges of adapting to and adopting each new country. With each move there was a chance to re-invent herself and learn about new cultures and geography. Her hardest move is to her passport country where she suffers from “reverse” culture shock. As an adult she finally learns her own tribe is called Third Culture Kids and they all have experienced the same ups and downs of being a global nomads. Kathleen takes it a step farther and crosses over to being an adult expat in Russia and raising her own Third Culture Kid. Follow Kathleen on her journey through the ups and downs of being a Third Culture Kid. Source:

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Bringing up Brits: expat parents raising cross-cultural kids in Britain

Author: Meghan Peterson Fenn

Language: English

Summary: 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. Source:

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Sammy’s next move: Sammy the snail is a travelling snail who lives in different countries

Author: Helen Maffin

Language: English

Summary: Sammy’s Next Move is a wonderful story about a snail named Sammy who lives around the world with his parents. He is a ‘third culture kid’, TCK or global nomad. He often moves to new countries and has to change schools and make new friends. Sammy experiences the feelings and thoughts common to children in similar situations. Sammy is a snail and so he carries his home with him wherever he goes, just as a third culture kid does by knowing that home is where their heart is! Source:

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B at home: Emma moves again

Author: Valerie Besanceney

Language: English

Summary: 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.

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Third culture kids : the experience of growing up among worlds

Author: David C. Pollock and Ruth E. Van Reken

Language: English

Summary: Nearly a decade ago, Third Culture Kids: The Experience of Growing Up Among Worlds introduced the concept of and has been the authority on the experiences of “TCKs”–Children who grow up or spend a significant part of their childhood living abroad.

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