Third Culture Kids

"A third culture kid is a person who has spent a significant part of his or her developmental years outside their parents’ culture. The TCK frequently builds relationships to all the cultures, while not having full ownership in any. Although elements from each culture may be assimilated into the TCK’s life experience, the sense of belonging is in relationship to others of similar background."

-Pollock & Van Reken


If you are a Third Culture Kid (TCK) or know one, you’re on the right page! Feel free to browse Libby's latest blog posts below. They were written with your 'tribe' in mind and based on the questions you ask on the red ‘Ask Libby’ button – so if you have a question, ask away! You can also check out some great TCK resources right here. That list will be updated as Libby comes across relevant material.

A lot of Libby's trainings are geared toward TCKs. Here are some of the talks she has given on the Third Culture:

  • The Third Culture Kid. The world citizen
  • Living as a TCK in a mono-cultural world
  • Good Grief or Bad Grief? There is no such thing as no grief
  • Relationships, the key to belonging
  • Where in the world are the “who are you from” from?
  • Understanding your temperament…it’s not always a TCK issue
  • Using the media or being trapped by it
  • “Placeless” does not mean “ homeless”
  • See listing of training topics here!

Libby is also available for private or semi-private TCK training sessions. If you are interested, please contact her.

Blog Headlines

14 October 2013Where Am I?

Today's fantastic blog post is a guest post courageously written by Third Culture Kid, Sabrina Omar. We are reposting her piece unaltered, just as...

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01 August 2013Home: "the place where you become yourself"

 I posted this fantastic TED talk by Third Culture Kid author Pico Iyer the other day to my Facebook wall. Some TED talks are really that good,...

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15 April 2013A Creative Third Culture!

Third Culture Kids are well-known for their creativity in literature, art, music and film (as I pointed out in a recent blog post). Whether...

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28 November 20124 Third Culture Kid Films Worth Your Time

Third Culture Kids (TCKs) are no longer a marginal culture. We’ve known this for a long time now. Once known almost as an oddity, today, TCKs are...

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15 June 2012TCK and Pregnant: Facing the Tension

When I returned to my passport culture a few years back, I was forced to face my webbed closet of pent up prejudices and questions surrounding...

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13 April 2012The Evolution of the TCK - Stage Four: The Trans-Nationalist

Let me begin by making an apology. I cannot believe it has been this long since I last posted a blog. As is the whole world, I too have been...

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28 February 2012The Evolution of the TCK - Stage Three: The Hidden Immigrant

A few weeks ago I began a short series on the behavioral evolution of the Third Culture Kid. The first of the four stages is the Cultural Sponge....

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09 February 2012The Evolution of the TCK - Stage Two: The Cultural Chameleon

A few weeks ago I began a short series on the behavioral evolution of the Third Culture Kid. The first of the four stages is the Cultural Sponge....

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20 January 2012The Evolution of the TCK - Stage One: The Cultural Sponge

I am often asked about the process an individual goes through to become a Third Culture Kid.  To be honest, I am not sure how long it takes, but I...

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13 December 2011Christmas TCK Style!

My blog entry today is a bit different. No transition issues…no pontificating about the Third Culture Kid experience. This blog is strictly for...

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21 November 2011"The Homeless" by Steffen Pollock

When I was a small child I had a family of hermit crabs that I kept in a rectangular terrarium on the windowsill of my room. On sleepy afternoons,...

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26 October 2011Rooted or Rootless?

For decades, Third Culture Kids of all stripes have been labeled “rootless”. That has always bothered me. Having grown up highly mobile myself,...

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27 September 2011Bilingualism and Emotional Competency

I was speaking in a class of 10th graders at an English-speaking international school in South Korea and we were discussing the importance of...

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12 September 2011Third Culture Kids - The Early Years

In my work with Third Culture Kids I not only get the privilege of talking to TCKs but I get to spend quality time talking to parents of TCKs as...

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11 August 2011Transition Seminar 2011

Some years ago when I first joined the staff at an international school, the Director declared to all of us “newbies” that at the end of the...

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03 August 2011Some of my Most Favorite TCK Resources

Thankfully and unlike 25 years ago, there is a plethora of books, articles, websites and blogs about TCKs available today. Simply “Google” those...

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18 July 2011I'm in love with Colin Firth!

Hi World…Cami here…and I am in love!

Libby mentioned to me a while back that Colin Firth was a TCK, but I had no idea how deeply he reflects the ...

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27 June 2011Living inside my scrapbook

In 2007 I bought a condo. Many of my mono-cultural friends said, ”Uh, it's about time!” Still, I remember the angst I felt when I signed my name...

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10 June 2011All TCKs are not the same!

I realize this may seem obvious to some, but all Third Culture Kids are not the same.

I am constantly running into people who assume all TCKs...

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02 June 2011Culture Speak

Hi guys, it's Cami here! Wow! It’s been a while since I wrote for Libby. She asked me to write a blog entry for her this week. I was really glad...

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24 May 2011Grandparenting Over the Seas

One of the risks of living internationally with young children is that your child may not develop a close relationship with his/her grandparents....

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17 May 2011The 3 "Third Culture Kid" Cultures

Many times after I speak, I hear parents referring to their children as 4th, 5th or 6th culture kids because of all the countries they have lived...

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10 May 2011Think Tank 2011: 6 TCK Trends

Those of us caring for Third Culture Kids and families in global transition know that we can’t possibly be relevant if we don’t understand new...

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12 April 2011Bad and Goodbyes

I love my life, but if I could change one thing, I would do away with the “goodbye” part of it. Saying goodbye takes time, thought and so much...

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29 March 2011Live Overseas for Years and You Won't Want to Talk About it.

“Live overseas for a month and you’ll want to write an article about it.  Live overseas for a year and you’ll want to write a book about it.  Live...

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11 March 2011"Home" by Matthew Taw

I’ve lived in Qingdao long enough to call Americans foreigners. I turn and stare at anyone who has blond hair or fair skin. This ocean city of...

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03 February 2011What Makes a Person a TCK?

I should have written this a few days ago, but I was adjusting to life back here in the USA after three weeks in China. On that note, Happy...

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27 January 2011My Kind of "Normal"

What a day to fly! It is stunning out my window. There are just the right amount of clouds in the sky. Can't wait to fly into the patch of clouds...

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19 January 2011A Sojourner Forever

I am sitting on an airplane again.  Actually, I love it. And this flight is even better than most - I have been upgraded to First Class. Yippie!!!...

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03 January 2011A Word from Cami


Hey there!

My name is Camilla. My friends call me Cami. Most people say Cami is short for Camilla, but I prefer to think it is short for...

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17 December 2010Treasuring my Grief

I just changed phone companies. This was the first time I had to do this since I moved back to the United States eight years ago. It was totally...

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19 July 2010You’re the new kid on the block? Relax!

It’s the easy things that we take for granted that trip us up when we move to another culture. Where do I buy aspirin? How do I make the phones...

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