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  • Farewell to EAC Archivist Rosita Arnts - Expatriate Archive Centre - A Home For Expat Life Stories
    Family Archive to the Expatriate Archive Centre in 2008 She oversaw the move to the Adlib archival software currently used by the EAC culminating in the catalogue going online in 2012 She has guided many volunteers over the years leaving them with fond memories of their time at the EAC when they too have moved on Rosita has always been the one of the archive s most energetic ambassadors and she strongly advocates the EAC s mission to document the social history of expat life To demonstrate her support she has donated her own archival collection from her well travelled expat life Rosita s send off took place in the garden of the Expatriate Archive Centre Staff and volunteers attended as did researcher Dr Martin Loeve and Chair of the EAC Board Han Kooij Rosita was presented with a photo collage covering the years she has spend at the archive The reverse of the collage was covered with messages of support from people she has worked with the number and content of them reflecting the high regard Rosita is held in Introducing Eva Barbisch As we wish Rosita all the best with her retirement we welcome our new archivist Eva

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  • 23 September 2014: Information Morning at the Expatriate Archive Centre - Expatriate Archive Centre - A Home For Expat Life Stories
    and audio recordings letters and emails blogs paperwork and more We preserve this material for the future and to support academic research into expatriation In the introduction morning you will see a short presentation about the history of the archive from its foundation by Shell spouses to the independent institution it is today You will be able to look around the centre and see the specially constructed storage room Refreshments

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  • Visit the Expatriate Archive Centre at the Expatica Fair in Amsterdam, 2nd November 2014 - Expatriate Archive Centre - A Home For Expat Life Stories
    expat experiences past and present About The Event Join Expatica s 11th annual i am not a tourist Expat Fair on Sunday 2 November to get a handle on your life in the Netherlands Find information attend fun and useful workshops or just mix with thousands of fellow internationals Consult experts from a range of institutions Banks investment and tax firms universities schools food from home shops recruitment agencies and expat groups and clubs They will be there to offer the guidance and advice you need You can attend presentations on landing the perfect job communicating with the Dutch working as a self employed entrepreneur buying a house and more The fair also offers several workshops And maybe you even find love at the mini SpeedDate Enjoy live performances art fun for the kids and more Whether you ve lived here for days months or years you won t regret attending Get your FREE tickets at www expatica com iamnotatourist Expatriate Archive Centre A unique archive of expat life stories based in The Hague but with a global outlook Our emphasis is on preserving original source material diaries writings photos paperwork etc about everyday expat experiences and providing a much

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  • Research Addressing Expatriate Loneliness - Expatriate Archive Centre - A Home For Expat Life Stories
    preliminary research including the results of a postcard initiative called Feeling Sick While Living Abroad Participants had sent in dozens of cards with the downsides of expat life written on the back including missing out on family special occasions wrestling through crowds of people who don t care if you re small and feeling frustrated by inability to connect in a meaningful way with other women like me Martin also studied some of the handwritten letters in the archive noting when you see a box of 80 letters you know something is going on That s a sign that there s a real need to connect with your family at home Interviewing expatriates provided further insights Martin used the technique of asking a single question how is it to be here and allowing the interviewee free reign to speak in depth He explains when you start with one question it really helps you get information out Otherwise I would only get answers that fit with the questions that I already have in my mind and I d only be getting something that I ve already got I wanted to get something new This way the monologues come out the soliloquies the long stories Martin avoided discussing the topic of loneliness directly preferring to allow the interviewees to talk openly about their experiences He concluded that there was a lot of underlying loneliness in these expatriates lives it s such a different state Of course loneliness exists everywhere But it really comes more to the point of expression when you are abroad in another context Martin s research culminated in his PhD thesis Ander ing On Stage In this work Martin explores the philosophical concepts of existential loneliness and Self Ander ing and reflects on how expatriates mentally experienced and practically

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  • Introducing Elizabeth Emmerson as Advisor to the EAC - Expatriate Archive Centre - A Home For Expat Life Stories
    her extensive archival background and experience The EAC grew from a collection of expat life stories into a professional archive becoming an independent institution in 2008 Since then the collection has grown and diversified At its core are over 100 private collections in 12 different languages encompassing over 50 countries Based in The Hague but with a global reach the EAC employs four staff members who are assisted by an

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  • Research Value of Expat Experiences Spotlighted at US Conference - Expatriate Archive Centre - A Home For Expat Life Stories
    expat experiences and will invite participants to think about the challenges of the new digital era This year s conference has the theme The Global Family Redefined and is the only US based event where representatives of the corporate diplomatic academia the arts military and missionary sectors meet to share cross cultural coping strategies In her talk The Only Permanent Thing is Change But Do We Document it Appropriately Ms Racina will introduce the archive its history collections examples of researches done and the latest projects The aim of the EAC is to create a research facility and they are eager to gather new materials that would give a better and broader picture of the unique world of global transition and what it does to the global families FIGT which was formed in 1997 by the Association of International Women in Indianapolis advises on career employee retention personal and corporate organisational financial losses educational balance working spouses elder care responsibilities and adjustment challenges for so called third culture kids FIGT and the EAC had similar roots and both have grown into the impressive organisations that they are today The EAC today holds a wide variety of materials in many different

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  • The Importance of Paper - Expatriate Archive Centre - A Home For Expat Life Stories
    many fates they have sealed They type on official paper where a coat of arms or official stamp adds weight to their message An expatriate knows all too well the importance of this paper The decision making power that rests with the bureaucrat s rubber stamp is seemingly at odds with the fragility of the paper which carries their decree From your passport to something insignificant like a business card paper will take on an unusual importance in your expat life The sudden rush of panic that you experience will never disappear as you frantically rifle through your pockets for your identification no matter how many times you approach border control The wave of relief which follows from laying hands on that treasured document will feel like the warm embrace of an old friend The uniformed immigration official will flip through your pages with careful examination before looking you up and down making you shrink with nervousness Thud thud down comes the stamp you smile politely and walk on through clutching that piece of paper in your fist Paper lends itself to finality However flimsy wrinkled scrunched or faded that paper becomes it will always serve as official documentation Once you have made your mark upon that dotted line whatever you have signed for becomes reality The apartment is now yours to rent now you are married and now you are divorced The paper is a record file it carefully so it can be taken out again However an expat knows not to become too attached to paper An expat loses the sense of the sentimental as they know someday one day they will move on An expat becomes shrewd when it comes to paper particularly when jettisoning it Still the paper mounts up The paper mounts up because an

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  • Vote for The EAC in the National Competition ‘Stuk van het Jaar’ - Expatriate Archive Centre - A Home For Expat Life Stories
    Archive Centre gathered together five different pieces in August and asked their friends and supporters to vote for the final piece The selected piece was a photograph of an intrepid Dutch expat home brewing alcohol in 1970s Libya It highlights the adventurous spirit of expats who sometimes find themselves adjusting to cultures very different from their own Making Alcohol in 1970s Libya From a fascinating collection donated by a Dutch couple who moved all over the world including Saudi Arabia Pakistan Turkey Iraq Congo Libya Sierra Leone and Nigeria because of the husband s job with KLM In his account of his family s time in Tripoli Libya from 1971 1974 he recounts what life was like for foreigners Clubs were forbidden and you could not have more than 8 people in your house without permission and if permission was granted there would be two Libyans standing outside the house on guard The family began to make their own alcohol in a country where the sale and consumption of alcohol is banned with a detailed account of the process included in the collection starting with a pressure cooker which was found to be too small and eventually progressing to jerrycans

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