Fascinating and captivating, ‘Safe Passage’ is unequivocally the best book to address the subject of mobility since Pollock & Van Reken’s ‘Third Culture Kids.’
As a TCK who has attended international schools all over the world, it was wonderful to have my mobility struggles and experiences validated in these pages. I must admit, however, I was at first skeptical that any one program could be so all encompassing as to address all the major challenges associated with moving, but I was very impressed.
Steeped in attachment theory, neuroscience, human history and experience as an international school counselor, Ota takes the reader on a personal journey with captivating metaphors and innovative solutions to helping people cope with mobility. Ota’s infectious optimism that perceives every challenge as an opportunity thumps like a steady heartbeat through each of his arguments.
I wish there had been Safe Passage-inspired programs in place at my old international schools – not only would it have helped me (as a new kid) integrate into a new cultural and academic community, but it would have helped me feel safer to learn and explore – both in school and in life.
I cannot recommend ‘Safe Passage’ highly enough. Especially to fellow TCKs, even if they have long graduated from international schools: it helps us to better understand ourselves, and how to manage the turmoil of an international nomadic identity. The book's most powerful and comforting message lies in its humanity: is that it is not only possible to reduce the pain and suffering associated with a mobile lifestyle, but it’s something that unites us and makes us human.