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Focus on expat kids in Bratislava

AFTER LAST year’s success, the British International School will again host Ruth Van Reken, co-author of the publication “Third Culture Kids: The Experience of Growing Up Among Worlds” and co-founder of the Families in Global Transition international network. The writer will visit Bratislava to talk “nationally and internationally about the benefits and pitfalls of living as an expatriate,” the organisers state.

AFTER LAST year’s success, the British International School will again host Ruth Van Reken, co-author of the publication “Third Culture Kids: The Experience of Growing Up Among Worlds” and co-founder of the Families in Global Transition international network. The writer will visit Bratislava to talk “nationally and internationally about the benefits and pitfalls of living as an expatriate,” the organisers state.

Van Reken, who herself grew up in an expat family, divides third culture kids - or TCKs, as she calls expat children - into several categories: traditional TCKs, children who move into another culture due to a parent’s career choice; children of immigrants, children whose parents have made a permanent move to a new country where they were not originally citizens; domestic TCKs, children whose parents have moved in or among various subcultures within that child’s home country; and, finally, international adoptees, children adopted by parents from another country other than the one of the child’s birth.

All those who identify themselves with one of these TCK situations and wish to attend the presentation and following discussion, which will be held at the Penati Club at Agátová 33 on April 21 at 18:30, are requested to send a confirming e-mail to office@bisb.sk no later than April 16.
More information is available by calling 02/6930-7081 or visiting www.crossculturalkid.org.

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