ExPat Links

Here are some resources that may be useful if you are thinking about joining the ex-patriate life, or re-patriating after an assignment abroad.

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  • For those of you who are Pinterest fans, Evelyn Simpson and Louise Wiles of the Thriving Abroad link you’ll find below, have now started a Pinterest board- more than photos on Pinterest these days! Here’s a link: http://www.pinterest.com/thrivingabroad/

Families in Global Transition (FIGT). http://figt.org/ For over 10 years, Families in Global Transition, Incorporated (FIGT) has been the global leader in cross cultural education and training to support the entire expat family. FIGT offers information-packed conferences and year-round benefits through its Membership Program and expanding educational website. As the leader of a global network, FIGT promotes the positive value of the international experience, and empowers the family unit and those who serve it before, during and after international transitions. FIGT believes in the capacity of the expatriate and repatriate family to transition successfully, and to leverage the international experience for all of its human and global potential.
Expat Partner Online Coffee https://www.facebook.com/groups/expatonlinecoffee/

A great group for broad Facebook based discussions Evelyn Simpson posted this link on the Expat Partner Coffee Online group page recently. It’s a link to a resource on the Thriving Abroad website that she and Louise Wiles have created. “Louise and I have some resources on our site which might help you.
Here’s a link to one of them as a start http://www.thrivingabroad.com/expatriation-weve-arrived-what-do-i-do-now-seven-steps-to-transition-adaptation-and-beyond/ .”

A little about what Evelyn and Louise do: “Louise Wiles and Evelyn Simpson have created the Thriving Abroad products to enable Global Mobility and Talent Management professionals to meet the challenge of addressing the needs of their assignees’ accompanying partners. They recognise the challenge that HR departments face in balancing the needs of the expat family with available resources and budgets. Evelyn and Louise have drawn on their research, their experience as coaches, their first-hand experience of being accompanying partners and their backgrounds working for multinational companies to create a support programme which is affordable but can be tailored to meet individual needs. – See more at: http://www.thrivingabroad.com

  • Judy Rickatson had a great post a few years ago that bears revisiting, especially for some who haven’t read Judy’s “ExpatriateLife” blog. Check it out here:  ExpatriateLife: Expats and elderly parents.
  • http://youtu.be/ZQlw-8WYdiQ – An interview by Peter Sterlacci with Anastasia Ashman, on finding your niche abroad. Anastasia’s personal mantra is, “You have what you need; use it where you are.” In his introduction to the interview, Peter says, “As a long-term expat, she had to learn from the ground up how to build a global life and work solutions to survive. Her years of experience led to the creation of a holistic approach in building one’s global niche, or what she also calls a ‘global personal brand’.
  • Another resource, a free downloadable ebook, is this one: http://petersterlacci.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/PBAC-eBook2.pdf “Personal Branding Across Cultures” curated by Peter Sterlacci. The 18 contributors to this eBook are considered experts within the cultures and countries they represent.Though you may not be interested in “personal branding” per se, the essays from these 18 writers give us much insight to how other cultures think and view others. It’s an interesting read on several levels if you work with a diverse group.

Here’s a blog with lots of helpful insights:  (http://crossculturalinsights.wordpress.com) Eleni is an educator and consultant who assists multinational firms in developing the cross cultural competencies of their employees. Having lived in Japan, Singapore, Switzerland, Australia, Guam, Hawaii, and the continental US and having relocated 18 times, has provided her with a wealth of experience in the international arena. Read more at: http://crossculturalinsights.wordpress.com/2011/03/14/the-early-days-after-a-relocation/ And another helpful post on 6 Steps for Exchanging Pain with Peace by Becky Matchullis.

“Anxiety is love’s greatest killer. It makes others feel as you might when a drowning man holds on to you. You want to save him, but you know he will strangle you with his panic.” Anais Nin

DIARY OF A MOVE: Finding your tribe The Diary of a Move is a story about crossing borders and cultures. It is addressed to all those who have been foreigners at least at some point in their lives. http://diary-of-a-move.blogspot.com/2013/03/finding-your-tribe.html?spref=fb http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LE4R8IwMPxI&feature=youtu.be Notes from Louise Wiles: This is a really interesting article – what stories do you tell your children about your family? As expats we have less opportunity for these stories to be passed down by other family members and so the onus is on us to do more of the sharing and story telling.

“Our family’s falling apart,” he said. “No it’s not,” I said instinctively. “It’s stronger than ever.” But lying in bed afterward, I began to wonder: Was he right? What is the secret sauce that holds a family together? What are the ingredients that make some families effective, resilient, happy?

http://nyti.ms/ZvSewR [http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/17/fashion/the-family-stories-that-bind-us-this-life.html] Sign in needed to access full text (no subscription)] Another really interesting thought – would you love to know what your reactions to the opinions about your home country and your host countries are? A surprising map of the countries that are most and least welcoming to foreigners.  Posted by Max Fisher on March 21, 2013 It is great to see research into the experience of accompanying partners, we conducted some research earlier this year. Career Choice and the Accompanying Partner. You can access a free summary of the research findings at www.accompanyingpartner.com. Webinars from spouseswithoutborders.org Past Webinars: “Creating a flexible career for the accompanying spouse for overseas assignments and in Canada” Tue, Jan 29, 2013 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM EST View a recorded version of the ‘live’ webinar… Links on Reverse Culture Shock: http://www.vagabondish.com/how-to-survive-reverse-culture-shock/ From <a title=”Repat Jack: Reverse Culture Shock” href=”http://repatjack.com/2013/06/24/reverse-culture-shock-2/comment-page-1/#comment-13&#8243; target=”_blank”>Repat Jack:  Advice on re-patriating that works just as well on making an initial ex-pat move –

  • Make new friends. Join expat interest / support groups. Just because you’ve repatriated doesn’t mean you cease membership of the expat tribe. Our sanctuary also arrived in the form of expat friends, some of whom now live in the UK, coming to visit. Go on-line, there are Facebook and LinkedIn groups, websites offering discussion forums (search expat partner / trailing spouse.) Dependent on where you live, large cities are obviously easier, source expat clubs.  InterNations host social events in many major global cities. A great way to meet expats and fellow countrymen who’ve lived overseas. No need for justification of why you feel like a foreigner. Result.

Repat Jack (Jacquie Kane) also posted these blog resources and personal perspectives, endorsed and recommended by others in the Expat Partner Online Coffee as well. Worth checking out:

Thoughts on Making Your Ex-Pat Experience Pay Off Back Home

In the blog from Repat Jack mentioned above, the conversation extended to how to make your expat experience count when approaching a career change or re-start back home. Many commenters noted that employers oftentimes don’t know how to align expatriate experiences with domestic employment skills needs. I had been confronting this same issue and, until now, have felt like I wasn’t being given credit for the contributions I had made. Maybe you’re in the same boat. Rather than trying to be someone I am not, or letting that decade be discounted (it’s fully 1/3 of my work history, and pretty important work to me), I have found a way to create a starting point for the discussions with recruiters and employers alike. So far the response has been great. Adapt this technique for your product or service experience and perhaps it will work just as well for you, too.

Making Expat Experience Relevant (This is a link to the whole PowerPoint)


Making Expat Experience Relevant - 1 of 3 Summarize the "Before" situation to highlight How You Made a Difference "After"

Making Expat Experience Relevant – 1 of 3
Summarize the “Before” situation to highlight How You Made a Difference “After”

Slide 2 of 3: Using PowerPoint to Make YOUR Point - State What You Did That Made A Difference

Using PowerPoint to Make YOUR Point – State What You Did That Made A Difference

Slide 3 of 3: Make a Sample Page of Materials That Make Your Case

Make a Sample Page of Materials That Make Your Case










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6 thoughts on “ExPat Links

  1. Helpful post offering interesting and relevant content for expats / former expats. Thanks for sharing your approach / slide deck when pitching overseas career achievements to potential home location employers. Dialogue on repat issues is gaining momentum amongst the expat on-line chatter.


    • Absolutely true Jacquie- and surely it’s time, too.

      A number of articles have acknowledged the loss of institutional knowledge from expats who felt sidelined when returning, even to their own company’s homebase. Their experience was not utilized well and so attrition rates among expats have climbed.

      For me, I’d like to hear from anyone who creates expat mentoring opportunities, or “brown bag” lunches where expats are given an opportunity to share slides, video or other media about the overseas operation and culture. These small actions could really engage the “returnee” and create value for the company staff as well. I know of one company in this area who has done something similar. Surely there are others?


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    • Maaike- welcome! So glad you found this interesting. I’m looking forward to sharing with you. You might also be interested in our FB group “I am a Triangle”- it’s for cross-cultural travellers and expats from all over the world. You might enjoy both new ideas and new followers! Good to be connected with you here too. 😉


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