A Third Culture Kid (TCK) is a person who has spent a significant part of his or her developmental years outside the parents' culture. The TCK frequently builds relationships to all of the cultures, while not having full ownership in any. Although elements from each culture may be assimilated into the TCK's life experience, the sense of belonging is in relationship to others of similar background.
In school, I am learning about writing an essay. Here is the first full essay I wrote.
I used to live in America but I moved
to Haiti when I was five-years-old. Living in Haiti is different
than living in America. Three of the things that are different are
the shopping, the climate/ environment, and the food.
Shopping is different in Haiti because
you don't usually go to a store. Instead you go to the Haitian
street market. This market is outside and it is very crowded. In it
you can buy food, used clothes, accessories, and sometimes, new
clothes. And that's not even everything they have.
Haiti is very, very hot. Haiti is
hotter than the United States because it is closer to the equator,
making it a tropical environment. One good thing about Haiti being
so hot is that you can go to the beach on Christmas. One bad thing
is that there is no snow. Ever.
Haitians eat different kinds of food
than Americans. Some of the main things we eat in Haiti are rice,
beans, cornmeal, plantains, and lots of fresh fruit. Some of the
foods we eat in Haiti are similar to the foods we eat in America, but
Haitians eat them differently. For example, we eat beans in both
places, but in Haiti, we make sauce out of them. Also people often
eat spaghetti for breakfast, with ketchup on it!
So as you can see, living in Haiti is
very different than living in America. Shopping is different. The
climate is different. And the food is different. I have lived about
half my life in each place and neither is better than the other. I
guess you could say that I am part American and part Haitian.