Read about the stories of
third culture kids & cross-cultural kids
Would love to hear your stories. Feel free to share your experiences & journey as a third culture kid living. Please share in the comments
A few of my own experiences in a nutshell:
As a 15 years old I moved back from India to the Netherlands (my birthcountry). During the first few months at school, I was graded a 1/10 for my Dutch spelling test; A very poor score indeed, like that of many of my classmates.
The Dutch teacher (my class mentor) thought it wise to emphasize the fact that I was an immigrant (‘allochtoon’). He advised me to repeat the year (semester had just begun). In his opinion I was better off taking a lower degree (HAVO instead of VWO), after all I was an immigrant.
The positive vibe:
While travelling through Peru, at the age of 25, I lived in a Peruvian village for several weeks. During the local fiesta week, a lady (a stranger to me) put her baby in my lap and went to a shop 300 metres down the road. I blended in easily; she trusted a stranger.
While travelling as a tourist I enjoyed spending lots of time with locals, especially the Peruvian hostel staff and often ended up as a translator for fellow travellers and backpackers 🙂