What is the Third Culture Kid Project?

Founded by two TCKs, the Third Culture Kid Project aims to strengthen the community of TCKs around the world. Through our own experience, we found that there is not enough emphasis on the loss TCKs experience with each move. “According to Ruth Van Reken, unresolved grief is the most urgent mental health issue facing TCKs — the children as well as the adults they will become.”

By sharing stories from TCKs around the world, we hope to bring answers and relief to other TCKs.  For non-TCKs, we want to raise awareness.

<<You may not notice her.  At first glance, she may appear perfectly comfortable — these kids are chameleons, adept at taking on the colors of each new environment they are plunged into.  She looks and sounds like the other kids in her class; she wears the same kind of clothes, has the same gadgetry, carries the same backpack. Perhaps she comes to your attention because she is having adjustment problems, like any other new kid on the block.  She isn’t making friends easily, doesn’t join group activities.  She is withdrawn, uncooperative, angry or disruptive.  Or maybe she’s been diagnosed and labeled, but it doesn’t seem to explain everything. She doesn’t want to talk about it.  She doesn’t know where to begin (…)

So when she comes to you, don’t ask her where she’s from, or what’s troubling her.  Ask her where she’s lived.  Ask her what she’s left behind.  Open doors.  And just listen.  Give her the time and space and permission she needs to remember and to mourn.  She has a story — many stories.  And she needs and deserves to be heard, and to be healed, and to be whole.>>

The Trouble with TCK – Nina Sichel 

Want to be a part of our project ? We’re currently starting in Singapore. Do email us at thethirdculturekidproject@gmail.com

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  1. Great project. As a UK kid, growing up in England, Scotland, Holland, Singapore (3 different schools there alone), Thailand – I miced every 2 years or so (sometimes new schools in the same country) I was rootless, had attachment challenges, grew up really fast and had to constantly make new friends. Thank heavens for FB now so we can all keep in touch.

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