I Am a Third Culture Kid

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 92 People

    My History (and A Comical/embarrassing Story)

    I was born in the USA. When I was two, I lived in Puerto Rico for a year. At age three, I moved back to America, and stayed until I was seven. At seven, I went to Mexico. I returned to the USA at age nine. I then moved to Pennsylvania, where my father met his best friend. I...
    Deyanira Deyanira
    18-21, F
    1 Response Mar 16, 2010

    So... Who Are You Guys Dating/what Kind Of People Do You End Up With?

    i've been too single for too long for the longest time (we're talking a VERY abnormal number of years of being single) because my parents wanted me to date within my race and i just couldn't do it. so i end up with a Hawaiian haole (which are minorities, in a way KIND of like a...
    peppersasen peppersasen
    Jan 17, 2013

    Migratory Instinct And The Feeling Of Rootlessness/restlessness

    No wonder I have felt like an uprooted tree most of my life. The time I was uprooted was when my roots did not even fully grow into a mature root foundation. I was merely 12 years when I was yanked out of the life I knew in Mongolia and I was never replanted fully into any one...
    Solongotgon Solongotgon
    26-30, F
    1 Response Mar 7, 2012

    I am Indonesian my blood,

    distant Middle Eastern blood from my mother. I moved to the Middle East when I was 5 and went a British International school. I speak English and French, a little Indonesian. Growing up I watched a lot of American TV and was surrounded by a Middle Eastern-American culture. At...
    Oneforlove Oneforlove
    22-25, F
    Apr 25, 2014

    I've lived in two countries

    as a child, then all over the US (which has multiple cultures of its own). I don't have anywhere I belong and I wonder... does anyone feel as confused as I do?
    NowhereUSA NowhereUSA
    31-35, F
    1 Response Apr 19, 2014

    I was born in the united states,

    but moved to Istanbul Turkey at age 3..I grew up with a lack of belonging, i liked some things about the united states, some about Turkey. I was never satisfied with one. I went to an international school in Istanbul from 2nd-9th grade. Im now living in Georgia. i miss my life...
    tekbasina96 tekbasina96
    18-21, M
    4 Responses Jan 8, 2014

    Forever A Foreigner.

    I am pure Filipino, was born and am currently living in the Philippines, but spent nearly half of my life (I am 18 y/o now) in Cambodia. I am a missionary kid. I am a third culture kid. My last visit to my "host country" was in early 2009. I stayed for two months. Before that...
    NCMErratica NCMErratica
    22-25, F
    1 Response Nov 29, 2013

    Can someone help me with the following: My

    native tongue is A, my partner's native tongue is B, we communicate in English (let's call English a D) . We are moving to a country of the language C and I'm pregnant. Which language should our kid be exposed to? I don't know his language, he doesn't know mine, we will...
    belzebub belzebub
    26-30, F
    Sep 28, 2015

    I have travelled the world ever

    since I was 5, left Brasil and went to multiple different countries. I would always come back to brasil when I could in december when there was no school or sometimes during summer break. Now i'm 16 and I'm back in my country. I feel so out of placed and different it sucks so...
    Thethirdkid Thethirdkid
    18-21, M
    Mar 20, 2016


    Christmas 2007 - Bahrain Bahrain, a land of plenty and sadly I sit here sit felling like I have nothing. Reflecting over my last few weeks experiences in the US, Mumbai, Bangalore and Bahrain I realize that I have a problem. Last night, as I lay in bed, I could hear the prayers...
    aksh aksh
    22-25, M
    7 Responses Dec 17, 2007

    How To Date When You Are A TCK?

    Hello, I am kinda new here so I don't really know how to use this. I just wanted to share a question I have had for some time now. As a TCK it's pretty much hard to make true friends or find someone you can clique with enough to date. There is always this gap or this difference...
    deleted deleted
    1 Response May 22, 2013


      Hey,  my name is michael, and im a TCK (sounds kinda like "im an alcoholic) xD well, this is my short story and i need help. I was born in Germnay, my fathe ris german and my mother is Columbian. After i was born, we moved to the Dominican Republic...
    Chacon Chacon
    18-21, M
    4 Responses Sep 28, 2009


    Hey everyone, I'm a fellow TCK. I've spent my life abroad and have recently returned to my passport country. It's weird being "home." I've made loads of dear friends, am about to graduate college (that's why I moved back to the passport country in the first place) and now I'm...
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses Aug 31, 2012

    Third Culture Kids Survey

    Are you a Third culture kid, anyone who has lived in a foreign country for an extended amount of time? If your answer is yes, please do my questionnaire, below! http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WZ2X7KC I'm conducting this survey as part of my Extended Essay for my IB program so I...
    mytimewillcome13 mytimewillcome13
    18-21, F
    Aug 31, 2013

    Where Am I From?

    Hey, so i recently moved to the states to start my freshman year of high school. I carry an american passport, my parents are from here and i have full citezenship and lets just say i don't LOOK like a foreigner but i couldn't be more like one. i was born in Austria where i...
    redvelvet192 redvelvet192
    13-15, F
    3 Responses Feb 2, 2013

    Not Entirely the Same But...kinda...

     I'm going to make this relatively short, but I'd like input please. I'm not actually a TCK.  After research and an ongoing email conversation with Ruth van Reken, I found out I'm a CCK, or "cross-culture kid".  It's similar but to a different degree...
    PrimaryColours PrimaryColours
    4 Responses Sep 19, 2008

    Hello, I'm writing my dissertation (a research

    project for university) on Third Culture Kids, and how technology has impacted that experience. If you're a TCK, could you fill in this questionnaire (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1BqbsQottuNNmnj9rD6R4BdA-mvPpVGKwHTgBzJq8muw/viewform)? It's just 10 minutes long, and it would...
    kjha kjha
    22-25, F
    Feb 8, 2014

    Tck Survey

    Are you a TCK who has moved back to your passport country at some point during your life? If your answer is yes, please do my questionnaire! http://survey.nottingham.edu.my/index.php?sid=17391〈=en I'm conducting this survey as part of my Final Year Research Project so I...
    shazvirgo shazvirgo
    4 Responses Feb 20, 2011

    Hello, My Name Is Yankee Mcching-chong.

    well... no it isnt.  but it might as well be sometimes.  i am a third culture kid.  by nationality, i am a citizen of the united states of america.  by looks, i am distinctly asian (korean, to be exact).  and by assimilated culture, i am irish (lived...
    fyrestorm fyrestorm
    22-25, M
    4 Responses Oct 10, 2008

    Where's She From? Oh, Really? How Come She Doesn't Speak Our Language?

    I was born in an English-speaking country.  My parents spoke English to me.  I took longer than most kids to learn how to speak. When I was four, my parents decided to move back to their home in Asia.  My new country had a different language.  Most people...
    preciousstone preciousstone
    22-25, F
    5 Responses Jul 27, 2009
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