My Story

What parent doesn’t want their child to thrive while living abroad?

Unfortunately, moving overseas can be a very stressful experience for a child. Over the past 10 years, our family has lived in three, very diverse countries; Germany, China and Brazil. It has been a wonderful learning and growing experience for everyone, but it definitely has not been easy. Along the way, I have met several families whose transitions were incredibly difficult and whose children were not thriving. As a result, they either hated the experience, cut their assignments short, or separated their families. Fortunately, there are many steps you can take to prevent this from happening. With proper preparation, support and mind-set, living abroad has the potential to be a transformative (and fun) experience not only for a child, but for the whole family.

I’ve been an educator for 20 years and during our time overseas, I’ve worked at international schools in Germany and China. I’ve been a Parent Teacher Group President, a 5th grade classroom teacher, and a Curriculum Coordinator. I view the expat experience through the lens of both a parent and a teacher and have a real understanding of the challenges we all face. I’ve been blessed to work with students and teachers from around the world and it has changed how I teach, how I view education, and how I raise my children. I have seen what a difference an international experience and education can make in how children think, how they treat others, how they tolerate change, and how they tackle challenges. I’ve seen what living abroad has done for my children and the children of the many wonderful families we have been blessed to meet along the way.

I believe that when children learn about and experience the world they are better equipped to transform it. Expatriate children have the unique opportunity to gain a skill set that that will position them to be leaders of this change. This site provide parents, teachers and other stakeholders relevant content and high quality resources that support a child’s transition, settling in, and moving forward so that they can not only survive, but thrive, from the experiences they will have while living abroad.

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Warm Regards,

Mindy Willis

Mom, educator, expat

Founder, Raising Kids Abroad

“There is no greater thing you can do with your life and your work than to follow your passions – in a way that serves the world and you.”

– Richard Branson

My Valuable Team Members

Jacob Willis
Jacob WillisChief Technology Officer, Blog Editor, and 'No-Nonsense Advice Giver'
Jacob began his overseas adventure in 3rd grade and graduated from high school in Brazil in 2016. Now in the USA attending Purdue, he claims he misses the dogs more than me. He’s happy to be back on American soil for an unlimited supply of Taco Bell, but thankfully, he recognizes and appreciates the wonderful opportunity he was given to live and learn abroad.
Adrienne Willis
Adrienne WillisChief Product Development Consultant, Blog Editor, and Creative Director
Adrienne began her life abroad when she was 4 years old. Now 15, she loves dance, her dogs, her daddy and sleeping in on the weekend. She is my inspiration for this website and plays a key role in content and product development. Adrienne is the gift God gave our family so that we wouldn’t take life so seriously.