Emotions

Expat culture shock

John Tenniel's illustration of Alice meeting the Dodo in Wonderland Culture shock

Culture shock and reverse culture shock If you’ve never experienced culture shock, try imagining that you are Alice in Lewis Carroll’s books, ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland‘ and ‘Through the Looking-Glass‘. They provide the perfect descriptions of the many emotions that ... Read More »

Homesick expatriates

Homesick expats hitchhiker holding a sign saying home

What is homesickness? Experiencing a longing for one’s home during a period of absence from it. Judging by the number of people searching for answers on this subject, homesickness is a huge issue for many expatriates. And it’s not a ... Read More »

The emotional impact of a move abroad

who am I Emotional impact on moving overseas TCK Expat child Woman in a mask

Who am I and where do I belong? At the age of seven I moved to Nigeria with my parents. Looking back, this move and the many moves that followed have had a huge impact on me as a person. ... Read More »

An expat child has many layers of influence

Model of the Bronfenbrenn's ecological systems theory. Picture courtesy of beststart.org

Bronfenbrenner’s ecological systems theory This was mentioned in Rianne Cornelisse’s paper about how expat children adapt when returning home. What is the theory of Bronfenbrenner all about? In this model the child is the centre of its own system. The ... Read More »

The expat’s guide to keeping homesickness at bay

Expat meet up Pub

Counteract homesickness No doubt there will be a long list of reasons why relocating to a new country appeals to you. Perhaps you’re seeking a better climate, advancing your career or in search of a slower pace of life. Despite ... Read More »