What is a Third Culture Individual?

Third Culture Individuals (TCI) are people who were raised in a culture other than their parents or country of birth, including those who now live in a different environment than the one they were born and raised in.
Examples are our Founder, Lynn Erasmus, who was born in Namibia, raised in South Africa, and now lives in Scotland, which makes her a Third Culture Individual. So is Tom, who was born and raised in the heart of London city and now lives with his family in a small hamlet off the West coast of Scotland, a completely different culture than what he was used to.

How does this Unite Tom and Lynn?

Tom and Lynn share a mutual understanding of dis-belonging or estrangement, (treated as a stranger) and now that Tom understands that he too is a Third Culture Individual, he has greater compassion for Lynn as she settles into the new country, and Lynn in return has a greater understanding of Tom’s behaviors. This creates a shared bond between Lynn and Tom, who can now treat each other as equals and start building meaningful relationships based on trust and respect.

Are you perhaps a Third Culture Individual too?

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We will connect, develop, nurture, celebrate and encourage your ideas, visions, and voices to be heard at local, national, and eventually at an international level.

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In the spirit of true entrepreneurial thinking, we encourage innovation, trying and failing and trying again.

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Your first port of contact for Third Culture Individuals living in the United Kingdom. A haven where you will be provided with support, guidance, and connections with like-minded people.

We encourage mentorship and skill development

We invite companies and business leaders to share their knowledge with our members, through mentorship and sponsorship opportunities. Perhaps you are looking for a more diverse supply chain, then contact us to find out how we can help you.

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At SYMBL CIC it is imperative for everyone to feel safe, be heard and have a sense of belonging. We get you, truly, we do. We are knowledgeable and incredibly passionate about what we do and we are here to campaign for your place in society – to be included, honoring your diverse perspective and celebrating your uniqueness. 

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