Yes! I would love to know how to prepare third culture kid teens for adulthood. Well the expat parents living in the Netherlands have a great opportunity coming up. There are two workshops coming up this week on this topic. Ellen from Sea Change Mentoring is visiting the Netherlands and she will be conducting this workshop. I interviewed Ellen recently about her new mentoring program for expat teens. It's worth reading the interview.
The first workshop is Monday 11th March 2013 from 18.00 to 19.30 hrs in the American Book Center Treehouse in Amsterdam. You can register here.
The second workshop is on Tuesday 12th March 2013 18.00hrs to 19.30 hrs at the American school in Wassenaar. More information is available here.
During the workshop participants will:
- Learn the specific challenges and successes TCKs experience when transitioning to their passport culture, university and young adulthood
- Learn what reverse culture shock is and how TCK teens and young adults experience this
- Learn strategies to minimize the harmful symptoms of reverse culture shock
- Learn what skills and characteristics are specific to TCKs and how teens and young adults can make the most of these
- Learn how mentoring is an effective solution to helping TCKs through this transition and how Sea Change Mentoring works
- Network with other participants to help strengthen a supportive community around these matters
- Connect with a number of related resources
I hope to attend one of the workshops and I am willing make notes and share what I learn. What do you want to know? What's your experience? Do you have advice for other parents?
Book review of the book Expat Teens Talk
The Most difficult transition for third culture kids
A Third Culture Kid's Guide to college (DenizenMag)
Culture Shock: What Your Kids can't Tell You (Anne Gillme)
Third Culture Kid Book Project by Jessica Wen
Photo by Anita Peppers MorgueFile.