“Heidi Sand-Hart’s “Home Keeps Moving” authenticates the TCK experience. Her personal stories demonstrate the tangible reality of the TCK theories we have been reading and hearing about for years.” – Tina L Quick, author of The Global Nomad's Guide to University Transition

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Third Culture What?

Since my forthcoming book has a lot to do with being a 'Missionary Kid' or "Third Culture Kid", I thought I'd tell you what that is (by definition). I explain in far more detail in the book...

What is a Third Culture Kid?

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

*Quote taken from: "Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds", David Pollock and Ruth E. Van Reken: Nicholas Brealey Publishing; Revised edition (September 25, 2009)


  1. I always felt too Swiss to be English and too english to be Swiss. Here in the states I've sort of been able to just be me swiss-english self and not worry.

  2. I can definitely relate to that Matthias!!

  3. looking forward to reading the book!