Here are a handful of really helpful insights and resources from organizations and individuals who work with, and for, TCKs.
MuKappa continues to compile and provide timely and helpful information for those of you interested in professional perspectives on Third Culture Kid [TCK] topics. The following organizations, books, magazines, and people provide recognized insight and resources for TCKs, which can be helpful.*
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Among Worlds Magazine
Among Worlds fills a real need by addressing issues that are relevant to adult TCKs today and it “reunites” them with others of similar experience. Among Worlds will also help parents, educators and others to better understand the needs and experiences of the TCKs whose lives they are shaping daily.
Axis helps caring adults navigate teen culture through a biblical lens to equip them for meaningful conversations that build lifelong connections.
MuKappa is a ministry of Barnabas International which exists to edify, encourage, enrich, and strengthen servants in ministry. Barnabas also hosts a Transition Seminar for high school graduates getting ready to start university in North America.
Compass Ministries’ mission is to refresh missionaries and provide support and encouragement to missionary children wherever they are, though their main focus is in central Florida. Compass also provides an MK retreat for the SE region of the U.S. each year in February.
Michael Pollock provides coaching, consulting, and advocacy for quality care and transition adjustment to cross-cultural and mobile individuals and families.
The Global Nomad’s Guide to University Transition
A practical and inspiring handbook for students who must make the double transition of not only adjusting to a new life stage as an independent adult, but to a whole new culture as well, for even their home culture will be foreign to them in many respects
I Have to be Perfect (And Other Parsonage Heresies)
Timothy L Sanford
The Preacher’s Kid Manual of the Holy Heresies you may have grown up with and how to find your way back to the truth.
Interaction International provides training, programs and advocacy for third culture kids and internationally mobile families. Some services for university students includes Reentry programs like Transit Lounge and Wayfinder, as well as TCK Connects. Interaction also has a devotional for TCK teens in cross-cultural transition called Faith on the Move.
International Therapist Directory
The International Therapist Directory is an online listing of professional mental health therapists familiar with the Third Culture Kid and international expatriate experiences. With over 200 members, in more than 50 different countries, this resource lists therapists, counselors, psychologists, and psychiatrists interested in providing culturally sensitive cross-cultural treatment and care for today’s international expat community.
KC360 works with TCK students and families who are navigating the college search and admission process.
Michèle is a MK, speaker, author, blogger and writer who has numerous articles relevant to MKs in college. She has also established the Harbor Project, a network of people offering help and hospitality to MKs between the ages of 17 and 24.
Misunderstood: the Impact of Growing up Overseas in the 21st Century
Whether you grew up overseas, are raising children overseas, or know a family living abroad, this book will equip you with insights into the international experience, along with practical suggestions for how to offer meaningful care and support. [Misunderstood-Book.com]
The MORE Network is a Canada-wide network that exists to bolster, strengthen and encourage Canadian missionaries and their children in times of transition. One ministry includes Classic Reboot, a Transition Seminar for Canadian MKs ages 17-20.
Consider a summer internship or trip with mk2mk.The vision of mk2mk is to build a global, spiritual community of missionary kids who impact their world for Christ. Their focus is simple–college-age MKs discipling teenage MKs during summer mission trips and experiences.
Narramore Christian Foundation
Narramore provides Christ-centered training and counseling for pastors, organization leaders, missionaries and their children, member care providers, and other Kingdom workers. One program includes a Transition Seminar for high school graduates entering college.
Tarmac: A 10-Week Guide to Making Sense of Your Multicultural Story is a ten week small group experience for those from cross-cultural childhoods.
TCK Training’s mission is to cultivate thriving Third Culture Kids worldwide by equipping, encouraging, and empowering TCKs, adult TCKs, & those who support them, through research-based awareness.
Third Culture Kids: A Gift to Care For
This book for Third Culture Kids of all ages is full of hand-on ideas and activities to help process and integrate the TCK experience.
Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds
David C. Pollock, Ruth E. Van Reken, Michael V. Pollock
This significantly updated book is widely recognized as The TCK Bible. Emphasis is on the modern TCK and addressing the impact of technology, cultural complexity, diversity, inclusion, and transitions. Includes new advice for parents and others for how to support TCKs as they navigate work, relationships, social settings, and their own personal development.
Unstacking Your Grief Tower
This hope-filled book offers Adult Third Culture Kids the invitation to uncover and process the blocks on their Grief Tower.
Using prepositions–under, over, from, for and with, Skye explains faulty reasonings in how people relate to God and gives a refreshing look at how we should be in relationship with him. This book is eye-opening for MKs who think they understand how to relate to God but are struggling in that relationship.
*Listing of these resources does not imply endorsement by MuKappa International. The reader is advised to consider these resources with discretion.