As our world becomes increasingly smaller, it is becoming more common for families with young children to move overseas for work or ministry. Because of this, the population of Third Culture Kids is increasing exponentially and we are learning more about the impact that being raised in a different culture has on children as they become adults. Third Culture Kids have the incredible opportunity to be amazing contributing members of society because of their cross-cultural upbringing, but they are also prone to many challenges because of their unique childhood.
The mission of TCKtraining.com is to prevent many of the issues that research has shown TCKs commonly face in adulthood, by helping families and organizations effectively address those challenges early on.
- Onsite training for children who will be moving overseas with their family (transition, language acquisition, and culture learning)
- Online resources for parents who are raising TCKs
- Training material for organizations who want to begin or enhance their TCK program
- Education for parents and organizations about the unique challenges TCKs may face and how to be proactive about addressing those challenges early on
WorldView Institute for International Christian Communication seeks to enable intercultural workers to communicate in life and word the message of Jesus in ways that are understandable to the people they serve. Using experiential, integrative, skill-focused forums, WV Seminars in culture-learning and second-language acquisition teach participants how to learn a new language and culture. WorldView’s children’s program parallels the adult trainings in a kid-friendly way. WorldView’s onsite seminars in Portland, OR take place throughout the year. WorldView also provides trainings upon request in other parts of North America and the world.
Visit iiccworldview.org for more information, dates, and rates.
About Our TCK Program Director
Lauren Wells is a Third Culture Kid (TCK) and Missionary Kid (MK) who spent her late childhood and teenage years living in Tanzania, East Africa. Her experience as a TCK fuels her passion for working with globally mobile families. Lauren is the TCK Program Director for Worldview Institute for International Christian Communication (IICC) in Portland, Oregon. In her role at WorldView, Lauren developed and now runs programs for children and teens that parallel’s WorldView’s adult trainings. The TCK training program equips the children and teens with the skills they need to learn new languages and embrace new cultures when they move overseas with their family. (blog post author)