Third Culture Kids – Global Nomads

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 Third Culture Kid who grew up in Congo, and my children are Third Culture Kids who grew up in Thailand. 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.

In 2019 my book ”Third Culture Kids: A Gift to Care For” was published, and is now on its way to be translated to Chinese, Japanese, Spanish and Portuguese. It includes 57 chapters about what TCKs needs to thrive, and how parents, teachers and sending organizations can do to support. Many adult TCKs have also shared that the book has helped them to process their experiences. The book is easy to read, and every chapter includes processing activities. The book can be bought both as a hardcover and e-book at Amazon.

Every semester I am offering a serie of three webinars about TCKs, for parents, teachers, counselors, sending organizations and others who want to learn about how to best support TCKs. For information and registration, please contact me.

Ulrika Ernvik