Emotions

The circle of expat life

Hands around a globe

Adjusting to expat life Life is rarely a straight line. Despite my own neurotic push for things to be linear and collated, tidy and neat, most of the time the path we take resembles more of an arc than a ... Read More »

Homesick expatriates

Homesick expats hitchhiker holding a sign saying home

Homesickness and how can to cope with it 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 ... Read More »

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 perfect descriptions of the many emotions that swirl ... Read More »

The expat’s guide to keeping homesickness at bay

Expat meet up Pub

How to cope with 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 ... 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 »