If you haven’t heard this term already, here is a brief explanation of this new ‘genre’ of kids- Third culture kid (TCK) is a term used for children who are raised in a culture that is different from their parents’ native culture, or varies from the culture of the country that is in the childs passport.
It is safe to say that many of the children that go to St. John’s fall under this very category. There are several incredible long term benefits that come with being a TCK.
These children are highly adjusting and can cross different cultures with extreme ease because they are able to develop their interpersonal and intercultural skills. TCKs are known to be more open minded and culturally sensitive. Chances are that a TCK would have gotten the chance to travel a lot more from a young age thus, being exposed to different types of people and situations and increasing their knowledge of the world. Since they are subjected to different languages, there is a higher probability that a TCK will be multilingual which, as we all know, is a great benefit as an adult.
Being brought up as a Third Culture Kid is not very common and a luxury that can sculpt your childs’ personality and help her/him grow up to be a well-rounded adult.
St. John’s is a wonderfully unique educational institution which combines the traditional Christian values of companionship, integrity and respect with the rigours of a 21st century international education.