Expat-Teens-Talk-300Having no one to talk to is very difficult for Expat Teens,” say Dr Lisa Pittman and Diana Smit, authors of Expat Teens Talk (Summertime 2012).

Expat Teenagers do not grow up with the ‘community access’ of individuals to talk to or to go to for support if and when needed. They often experience more change than constants in their lives as a result of moving from country to country.

Most Expat Teens do not have access to teachers who have known them for years, neighbours who have known them their entire lives, family friends who have always been a part of their lives, their extended family (aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents), all of whom in different contexts are often accessed as confidants and/or mentors. These are often individuals teenagers choose to go to for a confidential chat or shoulder to lean on when needed.

Not having these people in their lives can result in Expat Teenagers feeling very alone and result in unecessary pain and frustration. Expat Teens Talk is a great resource and communication tool for Expat Teens worldwide who feel like they are all alone struggling to fit into their new school environment, new sports team, new band or drama club, or finding it difficult to adapt to the new cultural norms of yet another country. This book is full of wonderful advice, support and solutions for every Expat Teen. It is a reminder to them all that they are not alone and that others like them, going through the same experiences, are reaching out to ‘talk’.

Visit the website (www.expatteens.org) or contact the authors at byexpatteens.forexpatteens@yahoo.com.sg for more information.



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