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  • The Suitcase Full of Memories - Expatriate Archive Centre - A Home For Expat Life Stories
    swore by them having sent six children off to British boarding schools from Antigua in the West Indies each equipped with this brand of suitcase Judy recounts The essential holder for school equipment was the strongest and lightest suitcase ever and The Army Navy had these in stock just a matter of selecting the right one Certainly madam pressed the salesman the strongest and climbed confidently onto the empty suitcase to prove it Yes Good But I ll take the one you have on the shelf behind thank you replied my mother in law famously not to be taking chances with a jumped on suitcase Judy and her husband Mark remained loyal to the Globetrotter brand eschewing sleeker trendier models in favour of sturdiness and reliability Their children too were each given a suitcase as they travelled to boarding school in England As the cases got bashed around by rough handling at numerous airports their locks sometimes became distorted and popped open but the cases were bound shut with webbing straps and still they soldiered on In 1981 Judy and Mark set off in a Land Rover from Warri on the edge of the Niger delta northwards bound for Algeria Their suitcases including the one that ended up at the EAC were stacked safely on the roof rack and Judy recalls how they discovered an unfortunate flaw in their design The suitcases had sat undisturbed on the roof rack as we journeyed for a couple of weeks shielding us from the burning sun and a good sand free place to balance cups and plates as we camped they bounced along all day in harmony with the gas stove What we could not have known despite our years of experience was the Globetrotter will dissolve in a pool of water After

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  • International Archives Day: Expats and Democracy - Expatriate Archive Centre - A Home For Expat Life Stories
    materials But in the collections of the Expatriate Archive Centre are letters notes and diary entries from expats showing a keen interest in politics both local and global Many of them centre around the theme of security there are tales of dealing with confusing regulations and bureaucracy and accounts of evacuations and families facing danger during times of unrest Moving abroad can also bring with it a new perspective and an increased awareness of how people from other countries view your own The following extract is from a letter written by an American lady based in Cameroon sent to her mother back in the States It is her response to her mother s question about the impact of Ronald Reagan s foreign policy It was written in 1981 the year after Reagan won the presidential election As far as getting any flack from anyone about American politics Reagan s completely naïve approach to foreign policy is concerned nobody here has bothered much I think they re pretty used to American presidents being fools or perhaps they are wise enough to realise that the attitude of any particular citizen of a country does not necessarily agree or coincide with the attitudes

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  • Library Volunteer Needed - Expatriate Archive Centre - A Home For Expat Life Stories
    the organisation and structure of a small library Expatriate experience or any affinity with expatriate life would be a plus Good command of spoken and written English Ability to work independently with minimal supervision A proactive and enthusiastic attitude Good computer skills some experience with library software and on line bibliographic utilities would be a plus About the library of the Expat Archive Centre Based in The Hague but with

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  • Season’s Greetings – Christmas Cards from the Expatriate Archive Centre - Expatriate Archive Centre - A Home For Expat Life Stories
    rarely depicted More often they would display flowers birds and other symbols of the upcoming spring During the 20th century new printing methods were developed and themes started to reflect modern trends There were a wide variety of subjects found on Christmas cards from religious ones showing the birth of Christ Christmas traditions of popular culture including Santa Claus snowmen and reindeer Christmas decorations like candles holly and Christmas trees Christmas activities such as shopping carolling and partying and other aspects of the season wildlife or winter scenes Christmas Cards From The Expatriate Archive Centre Collection The Expatriate Archive Centre EAC has a collection of around 150 Christmas cards The oldest examples are from 1967 and they depict different holiday motifs like Christmas trees or skiing scenery Of particular interest are some unusual examples which don t seem to have a lot in common with Christmas One of these is a card with photos of cheetahs on it the addition of the word Greetings is the only tenuous connection with the holiday A lot the cards found in the EAC collection show scenes and landscapes from expats homelands This indicates the connection with home and the nostalgic feeling that emerges during the holidays Dutch expats sent cards showing typical Dutch windmills or boats flying the Dutch flag in the harbour Some cards are personalised with family photos Along with the Christmas card a piece of home is also sent to loved ones New technologies change the way we communicate and in the EAC collection you can see that Christmas letters have sometimes replaced the traditional Christmas card Often made on computers the letters contain family pictures and Christmas graphics Christmas Cards Today Nowadays technology has greatly influenced new ways of sending Christmas cards The internet has allowed quick and cheap

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  • Save the Date: New Exhibition ‘Expat History of The Hague’ - Expatriate Archive Centre - A Home For Expat Life Stories
    Municipal Archives of The Hague and the EAC house among many other collections materials describing expatriate life in The Hague during different periods of time ACCESS serves the needs and interests of the current expatriate community in the Netherlands An exhibition about how expats view The Hague is a perfect opportunity to bring these three special organisations together The exhibition material will be in English and Dutch There are different

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  • Collection of Religious Writings Finds a Home in a Maltese Archive - Expatriate Archive Centre - A Home For Expat Life Stories
    Voerman International a moving company that the EAC has an arrangement with picked up the package from the UK and delivered it to the Netherlands On opening the holdall there were a number of beautifully parcelled bundles of handwritten diaries books with annotations in the margins letters and documentation all mostly written in French Looking for a Home The collection was passed over to one of our volunteers Loredana Manni Loredana was a perfect match being fluent in French and having a background in linguistics and philology she eagerly started sorting through the collection of meticulously kept diaries in tiny neat handwriting She quickly discovered that the writings had nothing to do with living abroad but were instead entirely theological in nature Although it didn t fit the criteria for our archive we continued to hold the collection in our storage room until we could find a suitable home for it Loredana started searching for an archive or related institution who would be interested This turned out to be quite a challenge because of the language and citizenship of the originator Eventually she discovered the Curia Arcivescovile in Malta and got in touch with Monsignor Lawrence Gatt Off to Malta Meanwhile Loredana left the EAC as a volunteer to concentrate on her PhD work but she still continued to stay in touch with both the EAC and Monsignor Gatt this time using her native language of Italian Voerman International took the collection to Malta and left it in the safe hands of their local partners awaiting for pickup Monsignor Gatt collected the material and wrote back to Loredana to say that he found it very interesting and intended to take great care in archiving the material so that other religious people might benefit from it Team Work Finally this collection

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  • Vote Now for the Archival Piece of the Year - Expatriate Archive Centre - A Home For Expat Life Stories
    of the Expatriate Archive Centre we have many examples of expats and their families suddenly finding themselves facing times of conflict Among other items there are ration books and censored letters from the Netherlands in World War II a war diary and internment records from 1940s Indonesia and photographs of armoured vehicles in Kuwait in 1991 The piece we selected is from the Nigerian civil war in 1967 It is a memorandum sent to Shell employees advising them of what to take with them when they evacuated the country It gives a sense of the sudden impact of being faced with an unexpected situation in a foreign land and shows how international companies have to sometimes take charge and assist their staff in dealing with emergencies Evacuation instructions from the Biafran War in Nigeria 1967 A Shell geologist moved with his wife and two children to Nigeria in 1966 The following year civil war broke out and the family were told that they needed to evacuate back to the Netherlands This list was given to all expatriate staff by Shell detailing the things they should take with them one suitcase per person and no more than 5 0 0 in

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  • FIGT NL Launches at the Expatriate Archive Centre - Expatriate Archive Centre - A Home For Expat Life Stories
    improve the lives of families in global transition After attending the 2014 FIGT Annual Conference Kate Berger and Kristine Racina decided to join forces and start a FIGT affiliate in their country of residence the Netherlands This team was enhanced by the addition of Vivian Chiona The first FIGT NL meeting brought together a group of people representing different aspects of expatriate life in the Netherlands among them Ellen Mahoney the founder of Sea Change Mentoring and FIGT Scholarship Director Kate Vivian and Kristine all have international backgrounds as well as experience in supporting families in global transition Kate Berger is a Child and Adolescent Psychologist MSc with a private practice The Expat Kids Club who incorporates various therapeutic methods including cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness based practices to support expatriate children and their families living in non native environments Kate is American living in Amsterdam Kristine Racina is the director of the Expatriate Archive Centre EAC The EAC collects preserves promotes and makes accessible a collection of primary source materials documenting the social history of expatriate life Kristine is Latvian living in The Hague Vivian Chiona is the founder of Expat Nest which promotes the emotional well being of

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