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January 16, 2020

Identifying Home : Third Culture Kids

Third culture kid: A child who spends parts of developmental years in cultures outside of their parents’. The journey of a third culture kid involves constant […]
December 27, 2019

Toast 🍞 to the new year 🎉🥂!

A whole year went by so quick, it feels like 2019 only began a few months ago. Once again, it’s time for new resolutions, a new […]
December 23, 2019

We’re Closed for Christmas!

We are closed on the 24th and 25th of December. Business will resume as usual on 26th. Merry Christmas! We wish you the warmest of holiday […]
December 20, 2019

The Season for Family Time

Happy Holidays to you from Abri! Remember to spend some quality time with your loved ones this year. Here are some things you can do together […]
December 13, 2019

embrace yourself for who you are.

“I find in this generation, or even in the ones before, young women always have something about them that they feel inferior or less about. Curves, […]
December 6, 2019

Importance of talking to someone (who is more than willing to listen) about your issues!

‘No Man is an Island’ – John Donne We live in a world where we are expected to deal with our problems, but that does not […]
November 8, 2019

Coming to Terms with Terminal Illness and Palliative Care

Coming to terms with death can be a difficult process for both the person dealing with the terminal illness and the people around them. One of […]
October 18, 2019

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Identifying Home : Third Culture KidsThird culture kid: A child who spends parts of developmental years in cultures outside of their parents’. The journey of a third culture kid involves constant transition, voyaging from one non-native culture to another. It may seem like a dream for some - to be able to spend years in different countries, soaking up traditions, watching different horizons, walking down streets resounding different foreign languages and the excitement of boarding a plane to a brand new, temporary home. As magical as it may sound, the real struggle occurs in “identifying” with a culture as one’s own. The struggle is in identifying “home”. Struggles of a TCK: 1. The most annoying question: Where are you from? -Providing in-depth explanations of each life-transition can be exhausting. 2. Long-Distance Friendships and Relationships - Goodbyes are frequent and painful. TCKs are forced to leave close friends to form new ones in a new place on a regular basis. 3. Competence -Adapting to different sets of spoken and unspoken rules and norms can influence competence. TCKs' behaviours and skill set could be acceptable in one culture and forbidden in another. Therefore, the sense of self and being good at something changes according to feedback acquired from different environments. 4. The Imposter Syndrome - Some TCKs face troubles accepting or acknowledging their own potentials and achievements, due to the underlying fear of not "really having what it takes" or "not belonging" Strategies to overcome these struggles:1. Avoid Generalization - Discard generalized statements or assumptions about a culture before entering it. Avoid statements like “They’re all good at math” or “They’re all materialistic”. Freely engage with people and be open to learning the ways of a new culture. You might just find great friends and a fulfilling temporary home. 2. Keeping an open mind – Focusing on the bright side of being a third culture kid could ease the process. Perks of being a TCK include; being able to speak multiple languages, broader assimilation of world views, and the ability to be flexible and adaptive in novel situations. 3. Finding Support - Parents and schools can work together to ensure smooth transition. A helping hand goes a long way in enabling TCKs to cope with major life changes. They can be isolated, withdrawn, anxious, angry or throw tantrums. Noticing these changes and addressing them is crucial.Sources: https://bit.ly/2QVZtRwhttps://bbc.in/2QXybKxhttps://bit.ly/30pGl1e - Juanita, Admin Intern.

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