Friday, 9 September 2011

Celebrating diversity.....EXPAT TEENS TALK

According to GOOGLE, almost 2 billion Muslims have recently celebrated  Eid-ul-Fitr, a holiday that is recognized and often celebrated in International Schools around the world. Expat Children and Teens grow up in a cultural melting pot, surrounded by a plethora of students  from all over the world who speak a multitude of languages, follow different religions, and engage in different cultural and religious celebrations. What an opportunity you all have, growing up in environments where you learn about each other by recognizing and celebrating important events! Moving from country to country and school to school is a life enriching experience for many Expat Students, exposing them to the richness of people, cultures, foods, languages, religions, histories, politics, and more. These are life experiences that are often not as impactful when taught through a textbook. Feeling, seeing, smelling, hearing, and tasting what is different in one country from the next is what you all experience as a result of your transitional, international lives. So it is up to us, as parents, to determine how we can best support your needs and ensure you are not only coping, but thriving, in the environments we expose you to.
 As parents, we most often try our best to ensure that our children are happy and healthy. However, we do not always have all of the answers, nor should we expect that we have to have all of the answers. Expat Teens Talk, a resource that will soon be available, is a collection of submissions shared by real Expat Teens worldwide. Expat Teens share their stories, their experiences and their challenges of the impacts of moving from one place to the next, and dealing with all of the change that comes with an International move. Expat Teens Talk responds to these submissions from the voices of three impactful and influential groups: Peers, Parents and Professionals. Their collated responses to each individual submission are full of advice, solutions and support. Keep watching this Blogspot for more information on this upcoming Teen resource…in the meantime, TALK to us and let us know what’s on your mind!

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