This podcast is devoted to TCKs and is a place where we can share our stories, our struggles, our challenges and our successes safe in the knowledge that we are somewhere where (finally!) we're with people like us, people who understand.
I coach other TCKs to help them leverage their TCK journey to help them find their place in the world. That place where they belong.
If you'd like to chat to me (no obligation at all), this is my diary
I also have a People Like Us Facebook group for TCKS
People Like Us - S3 E16 Shannon Irby - TCK Podcast
Shannon Irby grew up as a military brat. She was born in Germany and also spent her childhood in the USA, Japan and Turkey.
Shannon describes her experience of being a hidden immigrant as an African American woman in the USA. She has since returned to Okinawa, Japan (for an extended period of time thanks to the pandemic) where she feels more comfortable being obviously foreign.
People Like Us - S3 E15 Sabrina Johnston - TCK Podcast
Sabrina Johnston is an adopted TCK of mixed heritage who was born in Indonesia and also spent her childhood in Brunei, Qatar, UAE, Saudi Arabia and she now lives in Perth, Western Australia.
Sabrina talks about what stability and home mean to her and describes her version of adaptability and how she connects with people who don’t share the experience of having lived in different countries.
Sabrina also hosts a podcast show Happily Ever Now: Experiencing Joy amidst Grief.
People Like Us - S3 E14 Agakura Burihabwa - TCK Podcast
Agakura Burihabwa was born in Germany to Burundian parents of origin
Then after a brief stint in the United Kingdom her family moved to Kenya. Agakura talks about the difficulty of returning to Germany and describes what belonging and “home” means to her.
She explains how she responds to the classic hard question for us: “Where are you from?”
Agakura’s mixed background and multiple languages has caused her to be mistaken for a spy – listen to this episode to find out why!
People Like Us - S3 E13 Anna Snyder - TCK Podcast
Anna Snyder was born in Cameroon which is where her parents are from, and her upbringing was spent between Cameroon, Nigeria and Niger and then she headed to Texas. Anna had to learn a new language quickly with a host family who didn’t speak English and later had to adjust to American English. Her early moves set her up for adjusting quickly to life in America although she was confronted with some dramatic climate changes.
Anna currently lives in the USA and talks about her desire to go back to Africa and do humanitarian work there.
People Like Us - S3 E12 Amanda Bates & Michael V Pollock - TCK Podcast
In this week’s episode we have a change to the usual format. Here we have three TCK experts in the discussion: Amanda Bates and Michael V Pollock and me, Jen Mohindra.
We address the things that TCKs want to know most about resolving their issues. Is therapy the right route or is coaching a better option? And what’s the difference between the two?
Jen Mohindra, the host of People Like Us, is a TCK who grew up between the UK, Australia and Kenya (with a bit of backwards and forwards thrown in there for good measure!).
After a career that included hospitality and banking, and another move from Sydney to London in her 30s, Jen found that she was struggling with feelings of restlessness and rootlessness. The work she did with a coach was so profoundly successful in enabling her to settle and find peace that she retrained to become a coach herself.
Jen works with adult TCKs, to help them leverage their TCK journey and find their place in the world.
For almost two decades, Amanda Bates has provided clients with a solution-focused approach to design, develop and execute their professional goals. As a career counselor and consultant, she utilises her creative blend of experience and skills to help clients intentionally design the careers of their choice.
Amanda is also the founder of The Black Expat, where she leads and creates content focused on the Black and Brown experience abroad. She is a frequent speaker on expat topics related to diversity & inclusion, third culture kids and career development.
Michael Pollock, son of the late Dr. David Pollock, is an ATCK educator, speaker, author, trainer and coach who grew up mobile in the US and Kenya. With a Masters in education he and his family relocated from the US to China where he served as a principal and then created Odyssey, a TCK development organization, for the ISC schools. Michael returned to the US in 2012 to create Daraja, an adult TCK (ATCK) focused non-profit and for two and a half years brought it under Interaction International which he directed. He continues to direct Daraja, which separated from Interaction in 2021, to focus on training, coaching and consulting collaborations with local and global TCK care initiatives. Co-author of Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds 3rd Ed., Michael envisions a world where TCKs thrive, discovering unlimited potential.
People Like Us - S3 E11 Mark McElroy - TCK Podcast
Born to American parents, Mark McElroy moved to Malaysia when he was one year old and went back to the USA to go to university. Having attended international schools in Malaysia he grew up with the comings and goings of other students while he had a more stable base. He later moved to China and then Korea which is where he currently resides with his wife and son. Listen as Mark discusses his thoughts around whether to raise his child as a TCK.
Mark appreciates the positive aspects of his culturally diverse upbringing provided him with three traits: tolerance, adaptability and an ability to live in the moment, so much so that he has delivered a TEDx talk: Power of TCKs which you can watch on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTSmPne279c.
“People Like Us” is a marvelous collection of TCK and expat stories! Jen brings out insights, gems of wisdom, and both relatable and intriguing tales from her guests. This podcast is a great way to feel connection to a wider world of similar experiences and new stories.
A safe space for TCKs
Jen’s podcast is an insightful dive into the stories of many Third Culture Kids around the world and the struggles they have in common. It’s a safe space to explore our experiences, identify with others and know we are not alone. 100% recommended to any TCK or anyone searching understand a TCK in their lives, be it their child, a partner or a friend.