Programs for Spouses & Third Culture Kids


The most common reason for the on-the-job failure or “brownout” of expats is the unhappiness of their spouse or partner with the day-to-day reality of living abroad. Unhappiness is more likely to occur if the spouse/partner was employed back home but isn’t able to be employed abroad.

Discontented children can equally become seriously preoccupying for an expat manager.

Read former coachees’ testimonials for Cross-Cultural Adaptability Coaching.

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Willa Hallowell’s experience suggests that the coaching of globally mobile children and adolescents – often called Third Culture Kids or TCKs – is best delivered by certain rare individuals who have a passion and a “gift” for this type of work. At Willa Hallowell, we’ve found a few of them.

Children’s coaching may be provided for one or more children who are members of a single family and are between the ages of 5 and 18. Coaching is appropriate both at the beginning of a family’s expatriate experience, and at the end as well as a component of repatriation coaching.

This coaching is a full day engagement. It is delivered in the parent’s home or apartment while at least one of the parents is at home. As the day draws to a close, our children’s coach spends up to an hour with the parent(s), reviewing the children’s adaptation challenges and suggesting beneficial approaches and activities for parental support.

Children’s coaching is separately arranged and separately invoiced. It is typical for the children’s coaching to occur during the same day as the parents’ intercultural coaching, which means that two Willa Hallowell coaches are simultaneously engaged in the assignee’s home.


At Willa Hallowell, all expatriate coaching includes attention to spouses and partners, female and male. We pay special attention to the special challenges of non-employed spouses, especially if they had been employed before leaving their home community.

What Willa Hallowell’s associates bring to their work with spouses and partners are…

  • understanding of the challenges they face, supported by an extensive research base;
  • direct personal experience of expatriation in an unfamiliar country and culture;
  • commitment to help spouses/partners find satisfaction in their non-employed roles; and
  • ability to mentor those spouses and partners who secure employment in the host country.

An unsolicited testimonial from an Indian assignee in the U.S. reads in part as follows…

“We would like to thank you for an excellent workshop, “Gateway to the USA.” We went to this workshop with a lot of inhibition, but looking back I can say that this was the most useful workshop I ever attended. It just changed our lives in the U.S. The first workshop, which addressed our transition to U.S. culture, was outstanding. The second transformed our personal relationship and helped us to understand each other and cope with the changes that [the wife] was facing. Moreover, it insured my professional success. The program for [daughter] was fantastic….”

Amar Bhanushali, Johnson & Johnson