Third culture kids are the children of expats, missionaries, military families and other global nomads. They might grow up in several different countries and never really feel connected to their passport countries. Some may have never lived in their passport country and upon return experience the same culture shock as someone who moves to a new country for the first time.
The definition generally used to describe a Third Culture Kid: a person who has spent a significant part of his or her developmental years outside their parents’ culture. The third culture kid builds relationships to all the cultures, while not having full ownership in any.
If this sounds familiar to you, you might be interested in connecting with others who have had similar experiences. Why connect with others? Your look on life and feelings of belonging are very different to those who didn’t grow up abroad, you’ll find that sharing experiences and asking for advice can be quite enlightening.
Third Culture Kids Everywhere is a public Facebook group where you can connect with like-minded people who share experiences and ask and offer advice related to growing up in a multi-cultured environment.
This is a book which brings to light the emotional and psychological realities that come with the third culture kid journey, often resulting in feelings of rootlessness and grief but also an increased confidence and ability to interact with many cultures.