ArborBridge Supports Expat Writers with Sponsorship of TCK Anthology

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With tens of thousands of American expatriate children living overseas and countless more with multiple passports, an international childhood is becoming ever more common. So-called "Third-Culture Kids" are a significant demographic cohort in international schools and in American colleges, yet, stories of their upbringing often go untold.

ArborBridge, the world leader in online test preparation for overseas students, is pleased to announce its support for The Worlds Within, an important new project aimed at giving voice to the TCK experience.

The Worlds Within will be an anthology of writing from school-age and young adult TCKs. The Worlds Within will be edited by Eva László-Herbert, Cerine Jin, and Jo Parfitt; all are authors and longtime advocates for TCK's and expat writers. It will be published through Parfitt's imprint, Summertime Publishing.

Their goal is to help TCK's celebrate their international experiences while also exploring the challenges they have faced. These challenges can include feelings of displacement and isolation, as children struggle to situate themselves in a particular culture.

"We hope that young global nomads will not only welcome being given a voice for how life overseas affected them but will also find themselves in the words and artwork of others who are just like them," said Parfitt. "We believe this is a unique opportunity for them to share their stories with people who care and want to listen."

ArborBridge is one of several sponsors lending financial support and publicity to The Worlds Within.

"ArborBridge has been pleased to serve the TCK community and to be involved with organizations like Families in Global Transition," said ArborBridge Director of International Development Josh Stephens.

AborBridge frequently provides SAT and ACT preparation to TCK’s and other global youth who are applying to university in the United States. A former journalist and teacher, Stephens will be helping with copy-editing. He hopes that many ArborBridge students will consider submitting to The Worlds Within.

"The Worlds Within complements ArborBridge's mission perfectly,” added Stephens. “Test scores are important for college applications, but so are writing skills, creativity, and emotional well-being. This project helps TCK authors and readers in all of those respects."

"To be supported by an organization like ArborBridge is proof that people do want a book like this, knowing they share a similar mission – to teach, support and inspire third culture and cross culture kids," said Parfitt.

Students up to age 27 may submit artwork and essays and stories of any length. Submission guidelines can be found at The deadline is March 31.

About The Worlds Within

The Worlds Within ( is an anthology of TCK art and writing: young, global and between cultures. Eva Laszlo-Herbert, Jo Parfitt and Cerine Jin are compiling an anthology of TCK art and writing, as a first volume of a bigger project, which aims to make the lives and stories of worldwide TCKs and TCAs visible and graspable.

Editors will select up to 100 contributions and publish them at Summertime Publishing (, a publishing company that specialises in book by and for people living abroad. Submissions are invited of writing and artwork (will be reproduced black and white) from under 27s.

The deadline closes 31 March 2014. Publication is scheduled for late 2014.

About ArborBridge

Geared towards students who are applying to American universities, ArborBridge( provides online SAT, ACT, and Subject Test preparation to students around the world -- currently in over 30 countries on all six continents. ArborBridge's tutoring takes place online, enabling its elite tutors to reach students anywhere, anytime. Programs are customized according to each students' needs, enabling ArborBridge to help students achieve outstanding test scores as conveniently and efficiently as possible.

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