An expat as defined in the dictionary is someone “who leaves one’s native country to live elsewhere; to withdraw oneself from residence in or allegiance to one’s native country”. But if you are reading this and contemplating joining this group you know that it is much more than this! The paths that lead one to identify as an expat can be far reaching. Some of us move away in search of a new and exciting life, some move for a new job or an educational experience, for others they have relocated to be with a spouse, and for some it might be the experience of returning to your place of origin after living away for a period of time. Whatever the reason, the reality of it brings forth a multitude of thoughts, feelings and experiences. How is the experience different when you are highly creative, deep-thinking, complex, gifted?
Our goal is to come together as a group to talk about our experiences as expats (and perhaps even create a word of your own!) and to hear from others how the experience has been for them. There is a richness to living abroad, to immersing yourself in a new culture, and perhaps even learning to live in a new language and it is my wish to help create a place to share our experiences; the good times, the challenges and the lessons we’ve learned along the way.
Who can participate?
Anyone with an interest in participating in a lively and creative discussion of expat life, past, present or future.
Who am I?
I’m Ania Sumara, an InterGifted coach who specializes in, among other things, helping gifted expats through the challenges of and joys of gaining intercultural awareness. I’m originally from Poland, but now live in Switzerland. I look forward to connecting with you!
Email groups@intergifted to join the group!