Citizens of nowhere: Third Culture Kids

Expat families

With globalization increasing, and workers moving from one country to the next, where do expat children call home?

When kids arrive at the end of their time at Garden International School in Kuala Lumpur, they get a leaving kit. Including: a paper clip, a sour-sweet, a length of ribbon, a rubber band and a sponge.

The items were selected to prompt discussion about leaving and what it means — tying up loose ends, bittersweet emotions, and making memories. Every leaving child is also recognized during a school assembly.

“We make them understand how important it is to say goodbye,” says Mariella Vittetoe, head of counseling at the school. “We will be able to have a smoother transition if we have closure...

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