Global Nomads – Third Culture Kids

Global Nomads are children who have moved around the globe. Of course adults can be Global Nomads as well, but this site is especially written about and for Global Children, or adults who were Global Nomads as children. Children, who are a part of many cultures, and who have been moving between cultures several times. They have had to leave security and safety several times, to start a new life somewhere else in the world. This has affected their development, their identity and their believes about the world and themselves.

These children are also called Third Culture Kids, an expression first used by Ruth Hill Useem. She explained that TCKs are ”Children who follow their parents to live in another culture.” David C. Pollock and Ruth E. Van Reken later wrote the book ”Third Culture Kids – Growing Up Among Worlds”, that have been spread around the world. Their definition of TCKs is: ”A TCK is a person who has spent a significant time of her childhood in another culture than her parents. A TCK is a part of many cultures, still not belonging to anyone. Even though she has parts of many cultures in her life experience, her belonging is in people with the same background.”

There are also a lot of Cross Culture Kids  – CCKs – children who are a part of many cultures, but have not been moving around in the world.

I am myself a Global Nomad, and my children are Global Nomads. That´s why I want to share some ideas of what parents and children can do to benefit as much as possible of the nomadic life. Ideas that also can help us to thrive during transitions, changes and times of adjustments.

Ulrika Ernvik