Exploring Roles in Early Childhood Education Community
Living my life as a ‘nomadic’ expatriate lifestyle with my children and families for more than ten years until now, for sure it brings my interest to explore the organization and community that could sustain my passion in Early Childhood Education. Since it is not easy to find that kind of community here, therefore I start finding it online to reach out the community that could represent me and my family.
One day I stumble into the website about Third Culture Kids (http://tckid.com/). According to this website, the definition of the Third Culture Kids is a person who has spent a significant part of his or her developmental years outside their parent’s culture. I was very excited to found out that actually TCKid is a non-profit community run by volunteers dedicated to connect the third culture kids from around the world!
Found in 2007, TCKid is actually an open-forum and growing global community for everyone who has interest in cross-cultural dialogue focused on the aims to increase collaboration and dialogue between people from different culture and nationalities, highlight the TCK issues such as friendship, grief, restlessness and many more. Another aim of the TCKid community is providing the educational framework in which anyone can become the active leader in their own education.
I already became the member of TCKid organization quite long time ago, particularly I was really interested to join the section TCKResearch. I was very interested to join this section particularly because I really want to understand what the TCKid go through, the issues they have to encounter, how the TCKid cope with the changing environment, as well as prepare parents and organization dedicated to help the TCKid.
By joining the TCKResearch section, I am not just want to be stay informed with the latest issues of the TCKid, but also this is the part of the job opportunities that interest me is that I could contribute to the TCKResearch, as a researcher or helping with data collection as I am involving with the TCKid first hand, every day in my home!
After I finished my study and get the Master Degree soon, I also would like to continue my work as a teacher again. Therefore I need to keep on sharpening my skills and broaden my experience in early childhood field. My involvement in the TCKid community is actually to keep in touch with the latest issued of the TCKids from around the world.
So far, I have not found the early childhood education community around me in my one year living here in the new place. I am sure whether it is because I have not found the community or merely there is no community like this available here. So should I establish and start my own community of practice in early childhood education myself? Well, it is such an awakening question to ponder in my weekend today!
This blog is written in my cozy bedroom in my house in Panaga area in Brunei Darussalam, the human resident place where there is population of the rare Hornbills birds are living freely among the big trees around the environment, as close as the big trees in front of my window now! How I was so blessed to have the experience to live in the only place in the world, where Hornbills live in proximity to humans!
Regards, from the heart of Borneo
TCKid: A Home for Third Culture Kids. Retrieved from http://tckid.com/