Rachel Pieh Jones

Beyond Culture Shock: Culture Pain and culture Stripping

by Rachel Pieh Jones on May 14, 2021

Expatriates are told to prepare for Culture Shock and expect to experience it within their first year. But what about after that year? What about after seven years? Nine? Fifteen? What about the frustrations and tears, hurt and stress, internal (or external) cries for ‘home’? What about those days when you will do anything to get.out.of.here? After the […]

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Toilets Around the World

by Rachel Pieh Jones on April 15, 2021

Travel for long in any part of the world and you will discover the need for a toilet. The need could be urgent, perhaps caused by Daallo Airlines (the official airline of the Horn of Africa) inter-Africa meals. It could be a run-of-the-mill need, but no matter. You need a bathroom. Or a toilet. Or […]

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(originally published in 2013) just a little fun essay today I am sad to say that my youngest daughter is a Kid Who Vomits on Airplanes. This means my husband and I have become the Parents Who Travel With Them. Our older two kids don’t do this, or haven’t, since 2004 when one of them […]

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Fear of Flying

by Rachel Pieh Jones on February 15, 2021

I have a fear of flying. This is a problem because as an expat, I travel fairly often and fairly daunting distances. The worst moment is not takeoff or landing, during which I grip both armrests and whisper, “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus.” The worst moment is not even when we hit turbulence, during which I take deep […]

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How Well Do You Know Your Host Nation?

by Rachel Pieh Jones on January 14, 2021

I’m a bit out of words lately. I’m in seminary full-time. Covid. Elections. Wars. Planes crashing. Racial tension. Political violence. Conspiracy theories. It’s a lot. I have way more questions than answers. Some of my questions are around the gaps in the training I received before moving abroad and in the ongoing trainings and mentorships […]

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Merry Gentle Christmas

by Rachel Pieh Jones on December 15, 2020

This is the time of year when everyone who has an Instagram account or a website (like me) pulls out their “what you must buy” lists. From books to fair trade products, things you never knew you wanted but now you must buy because if you do you will feel good about yourself and be saving the world and […]

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The Expat Cookbook

by Rachel Pieh Jones on November 16, 2020

I made another cookbook and it is specially designed for us, for expatriates. I know we all have cookbooks and the internet and who needs another one. But this one is special. It is designed with us in mind. Expats. People who travel and move and go places and who love people on all sides of […]

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Questions Third Culture Kids (and Their Parents) Need to Ask

by Rachel Pieh Jones on October 16, 2020

I wrote a couple of posts about questions that Third Culture Kids are often asked. Some they dread, some they love. Same for their parents. There is a problem inherent in these posts and these types of posts. They center the TCK and the expatriate adult. They make us the most important person in conversations […]

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Questions Third Culture Kids and Their Parents Love

by Rachel Pieh Jones on September 17, 2020

The last post in this series was a set of questions Third Culture Kids have a hard time answering. Today is a set of questions that might be a little easier for them to address. And next month I’ll have a post about parents and TCKs to encourage us to ask better questions ourselves. How […]

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Questions Third Culture Kids (and Their Parents) Dread

by Rachel Pieh Jones on August 18, 2020

Next month I will share Questions Third Culture Kids (and Their Parents) Love, so stay tuned. You just arrived in your passport country. Someone is approaching. You can’t remember who they are. You can’t remember where you are. What time is it? What language do they speak here? They are getting closer and closer and […]

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Justice, Race, George Floyd, and Cross Cultural Service

by Rachel Pieh Jones on June 15, 2020

Why missionaries, humanitarians, and anyone working cross culturally needs to care about racial justice. I posted this at Do Good Better on June 1. So this is a partial repost. In that post, there is a YouTube video and several other links to really important articles. The last link shared there talks about why it […]

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What is an Expatriate Family?

by Rachel Pieh Jones on May 15, 2020

Originally published in Brain Child Magazine, 2013 My kids are the ones who bring the weird snack to school. The other kids have pain au chocolate (if they are French) or half a baguette with Smiling Cow cheese spread in the middle (if they are Djiboutian). Mine are the ones with homemade granola or banana bread. Nothing […]

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