Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Expat Teens Talks...NOW AVAILABLE

Dear All,
We are delighted to announce that 'Expat Teens Talk' is now available on:
or by contacting Diana and Lisa directly at: pittman_smit@yahoo.com
This is a one of a kind interactive support tool for Expat Teens, Expat Parents, International teachers, International Schools, Relocation Experts, Multinational Companies...and all others working with and supporting Expats.
Discounts are available for bulk orders

What is surprising about the kinds of issues Expat Teens deal with:

Following up on what last week's blog:
Expat Teens are “not like everybody else” because of the experiences mentioned in last weeks blog. I wouldn’t say that anything “shocked” me about the issues that these teens deal with, but I can say that I was intrigued by just how similar the issues are that Expat Teens are faced with when compared to their monocultural peers. The difference is that they are experiencing these issues in a place that is, for the most part, temporary and they may not be able to access the supports that they desperately need. This, of course, varies from teen to teen and setting to setting. But the resilience that many of these teens have is amazing, much like those of their monocultural counterparts who may also feel like they don’t have any resources or supports.

How it feels to work with Expat Teens:

Expat Teens have a perspective on life and the world that is quite different from most teens in a monocultural setting. Their international, transient lifestyle, as well as their understanding of cultures that are sometimes drastically different from their own, makes them appear older and more mature than their chronological age. It’s refreshing to work with a group of students who are conscious of the world around them, as that perspective can be helpful in allowing them to put their personal issues into context. At the same time, however, they are just like other teens with typical concerns and difficulties that accompany being an adolescent. So in that respect, it’s nice to know that they are “just like everybody else.”

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Having no one to talk to is very difficult for Expat Teens

Expat Teenagers do not grow up with the ‘community access’ of individuals to talk to or to go to for support if and when needed. They often experience more change than constants in their lives as a result of moving from country to country. Most Expat Teens do not have access to teachers who have known them for years, neighbours who have known them their entire lives, family friends who have always been a part of their lives, their extended family-aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, all of whom in different contexts are often accessed as confidents and/or mentors. These are often individuals teenagers choose to go to for a confidential chat or shoulder to lean on when needed. Not having these people in ones life can result in Expat Teenagers feeling very alone and result in unecessary pain and frustration ‘Expat Teens Talk’ is a great resource and communication tool for Expat Teens worldwide who feel like they are all alone struggling to fit into their new school environment, new sports team, new band or drama club, or finding it difficult to adapt to the new cultural norms of yet another country. This book is full of wonderful advice, support and solutions for every Expat Teen, it is a reminder to them all that they are not alone and others like them, going through the same experiences are reaching out to ‘talk’.