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Here you'll find selected articles. You may also wish to visit our page of links and contact information to other websites and organizations for the internationally mobile, and our online bibliography of selected books and articles. Additionally, visit our products page to order our videotape, A Conversation About Re-Entry, and handouts discussing the expatriate and repatriate experience.

Articles & Publications

What would happen if we, as expatriates and repatriates, were to intentionally and purposefully assume An Intercultural Perspective toward our international lives? We might find that we enrich others’ lives and facilitate our own day-to-day experiences.

Barbara Schaetti talks to Carol Grose about what she's learned by living an intercultural and internationally mobile life in Mover and Shaker.

There is now a long tradition of research on the TCK/Global Nomad experience. TCKs Come of Age assesses the status of that research and suggests possibilities for future research direction.

Transitions are the social-psychological consequences of change. The way we think about change affects the way we experience transitions. We can be guided by our inner wisdom as we commit to Living Through Change.

Repatriates may feel like strangers in a strange land. Learn why in "Reentry: Coming 'Home' to the Unfamiliar."

Families on expatriate assignment can greatly influence the quality of the experience by choosing to embrace the assignment. Learn how by reading The Expatriate Family: Practicing Practical Leadership.

Global nomads typically share similar responses to the benefits and challenges of a childhood abroad. These responses are explored in The Global Nomad Experience: Living in Liminality.

Are you moving? How do you and your family members feel about it? Happy? Sad? Overwhelmed? Excited? Angry? Tips and strategies for Families On The Move.

"Where are you from?" Does this question make you crazy? How have you integrated your internationally-mobile experience? Phoenix Rising examines cultural marginality and cultural identity from one global nomad's perspective.

What do you know about the process of transition and ways to help yourself and others through it? Transition Programming in International Schools reviews the transition process and suggests what international schools—and parents and others—can do to help children at each phase of the experience.

How can international schools, with ever tighter resource constraints, provide transition programming for students, staff, and parents? Transition Resource Teams suggests one approach.

Why choose an international school? There are several reasons why expatriate parents opt for independent international schools for their children. But what factors influence their decision and how is the final selection made? In Your Guide to Choosing an International School, Barbara Schaetti, Principal of Transitions Dynamics, joins Erika Wentworth to offer their perspective on what makes international education the right choice for many expatriate families.

Barbara Schaetti's dissertation, "Global Nomad Identity: Hypothesizing a Developmental Model," is available through Dissertation Abstracts. It can be ordered online through Bell and Howell (formerly UMI). The catalog number is 9992721. Read the abstract.

A Conversation About Re-Entry

A Conversation About Re-Entry, filmed in "cinema verité" style by Barbara F. Schaetti, features 4 young-adult US American and/or Canadian global nomads discussing their repatriation to the U.S. for university. They respond to four questions:

  1. What did you expect you re-entry to be like?
  2. What was it actually like?
  3. What was your biggest avoidable mistake?
  4. What helped you make your re-entry a success?

In 20 minutes, these four global nomads cover the range of the re-entry literature simply by talking about their own experiences. While they speak in a North American context, their comments and ideas pertain to all global nomads of all nationalities. They offer practical, powerful suggestions for successful repatriation.

Produced (1994) by Transition Dynamics.

See our Products page for information on ordering this videotape.
Available in both VHS and PAL formats.

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Please visit the rest of our Resources section, including our page of links and contact information to other websites and organizations for the internationally mobile, and our online bibliography of selected books and articles. Additionally, visit our products page of materials which discuss the expatriate and repatriate experience.


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