Tanya Crossman is a cross-cultural consultant providing support to international schools and other organisations serving cross-cultural populations. Tanya is a leading expert in the field of modern Third Culture Kids and issues facing cross-cultural families. She is the author of Misundertsood: The Impact of Growing Up Overseas in the 21st Century, a book which opens a window on the experience of an international childhood in the internet age. It draws from her interviews of over 270 TCKs and an original survey of 744 TCKs. Tanya is passionate about coming alongside cross-cultural families with information, encouragement, and support. Following publication of Misunderstood she has been sought after internationally as a speaker and consultant.
Tanya has spent 15 years working with, and advocating for, Third Culture Kids (TCKs). She has mentored hundreds of teenage and young adult TCKs in that time as well as providing support to parents of international families. Her research focuses on TCKs born after 1985 – those who grew up in the internet age. If this topic is new to you (or even if it isn’t!) a good place to begin exploring is Tanya’s explanation of what “Third Culture” is and why it matters to expat children – read it here. You can read more of Tanya’s insights into expatriate and Third Culture life on her blog.
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