Cartus intercultural expert Jenny Castelino recently published an extensively researched article, titled “Family Keys to Expat Success” in Mobility Magazine on families’ success—or lack thereof—as expatriates. Featured on the issue’s cover, the article discusses how pulling up stakes and moving to a new country is no small feat for an individual, but when an entire family is involved, a tremendous effort is required to deal with all the details.
In addition to the overwhelming logistics of such a move, however, it’s often the invisible issues that are most problematic. Shifting roles, usurpation of power and control, and lack of familiarity with a new country’s customs, habits, and communication style can dramatically undermine relationships within the family and result in a sense of loneliness and isolation.
Jenny’s engaging essay, which can be found on page 56 of the October issue of Mobility, is filled with illustrative and vivid descriptions of how the expat experience can go awry. More importantly, she also shares her expert advice to help expat families learn how to survive—and thrive—in their new surroundings. Those who manage mobility or are themselves “mobile” will likely gain much insight from Jenny’s experience and advice.
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