Suzanne Scott

I am Suzanne Scott, a British married mother to 5 children who have now all fled the nest and are getting married and having babies themselves. My husband and I started our expat journey in January 2011, moving to South Africa where I work as a volunteer when I visit and behind the scenes fundraising throughout the year supporting children’s education.We moved to Dubai in December 2014 with a cat and dog in tow where I worked as a teacher, but gave it up to travel back and forth to the UK and Australia where our adult children and mothers live.I can be found in Dubai at the dog park most weeks or drinking coffee and blogging around the city. I’m on all social media channels as Chickenruby. Sometimes the most exciting thing I do is run the hoover round, the rest of the time I’m travelling.

Pim Steenbergen

Hi everyone!

I am Pim Steenbergen, a 21 year old student from The Netherlands. I have lived just outside of Stockholm for half a year. I was there on an internship at a startup hub called SUP46. I was an event manager of mainly business events. I have met people from all over the world and it was such an inspiring experience. Sweden is a beautiful country and I would love to share my experiences with you!

You can also follow me on Instagram @pim_steenbergen and on Twitter (in Dutch) @meukmens


Enjoy your week 

Jon Christian

안녕하세요! My name is Jon. Home is the United States, where I’m from a tiny town in Georgia. I’ve been living in Korea for six years, and my expat time is coming to an end. I’ve been accepted to graduate school back home where I will study International Policy. Like many, if not most, expats in Korea, I’ve been an English teacher. My story is pretty common to the English teachers in Korea. I began teaching in an after-school English center (학원; hagwon) before moving and accepting a position in a public school for the past four years.Professionally, I’ve been a teacher. On the weekends, I’ve learned to go hiking and follow soccer. South Korea’s highest mainland mountain is Jirisan at 1,915 meters. I can see the mountain from the city I’ve lived in, and I’ve managed to climb it 15 times in four years. South Korea has 17 mountainous national parks, and I’ve visited and climbed to the highest accessible point of each of them. I also had a season ticket to the soccer team I support, the Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors. Being an expat has changed me. Coming from the rural American South, there aren’t a lot of opportunities to meet other people. Before coming to Korea, I didn’t really care about hiking and soccer. I never interacted with people outside of my home. On June 1, I will officially repatriate, but I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to stop #ExpatLife.

Louisa Whitlock

Hi, I’m Louisa Whitlock! I live in the city of Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan, where I work for an international organisation. I’m originally from the UK and grew up in London, but I’ve spent most of my working life abroad. After university I taught English in Uzbekistan for a year, and since then I’ve worked in Serbia, Georgia, Ukraine, and the Philippines. I’ve been living in Kyrgyzstan since 2016, and it’s been a fascinating and rewarding place to live, work and travel – I’m looking forward to sharing some of my experiences on this account.

Kelsey McDonough

Hello! My name is Kelsey and I am currently living in Bayreuth, Germany. I am originally from the United States (greater Boston area), but have lived all over the US, including North Carolina and Kansas. I moved overseas in January 2019 after finishing graduate school to start a new job as a Postdoctoral Research Scientist. I love traveling, hiking, reading, and cooking – and am looking forward to connecting with many of you during my curation week! Feel free to follow me on twitter, @kelseyrosemcd, where I tweet mainly about science and research. I love hearing about others’ expat experiences, and learning about new places to visit!

Nathalie Goldstein

Hi everyone! My name is Nathalie, and I moved abroad from Silicon Valley to Vienna, Austria in 2015 (originally for love. I fell in love with an Austrian!), and started working for a foreign subsidiary of an international IT company. Initially, I had no idea if I would find a job since I didn’t speak the language. However, with careful planning and determination,  I landed a full-time job and acceptance into a Masters Program in IT within a few months of moving.

In 2017 I co-founded my own company, Software Spinner, where our mission is to create software products that make life easier for people. MyExpatTaxes is our first product, and something that has a personal connection to me – doing U.S. taxes abroad is a complicated, stressful process for many Americans like me. MyExpatTaxes makes it super easy (and fun, in a way) to get your U.S. taxes done in under 30 minutes.

When I’m not working in Vienna I’m working out — by myself or with my husband. We just bought a house and created our own gym. Exercise is my ultimate stress-reliever, and always places me right here in the moment

Marilyn Gardner

Marilyn is a public health nurse and writer who makes her home in a small city in the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq. She grew up in Pakistan as a Third Culture kid and has lived in Pakistan, Egypt, the United States, and now Kurdistan. 

Ikechukwu Uzoma

I am a 29 year old Nigerian lawyer currently  working with an international organization in Berlin, Germany. I live in Kreuzberg (just moved in though)


I was born in Aba, Nigeria and lived in Nigeria till I moved to New York for graduate school in 2016. After my masters, I worked with the Department of Peacekeeping Operations at the United Nations headquarters. In 2018, I worked on a research project at New York University. I moved to Germany in January 2019.

I just settling into Berlin so it will be a lot of fun exploring the beauties of the city and my new life with followers of @WeAreXpats.

After my curation week, you can find me on twitter @iykepfs and Facebook : Ikechukwu Uzoma.


Claire Smith

My name is Claire, and I am American expat living in northwest Germany.

“Where are you from?” is a rather complicated question. Although I spent much of my childhood in South Carolina, I have strong family ties to Michigan. I did my first stint abroad in 1997 in Kassel, and in 2002 I met “my German” while doing research for my PhD thesis in Oldenburg. I often say that I went to Germany for work, but I stayed for love.

I now find myself in a small town in northwest Germany, where I live with my German husband and our two boys. Expat life resulted in re-thinking my career path (toward academia and tenure) and now I teach English and politics in a German public secondary school.

I am passionate about teaching, politics, superhero movies (mostly Marvel, but I adore Wonder Woman) and cocktails. All of my German friends think I am a bit odd.

Julia Simens

Hi everyone,

I am a USA passport holder that has been living the past 25+ years abroad. I recently retired and spend time in Nevada and on Roatan, Honduras.  Undecided on where I should move to full time so weighing the pros and cons of these two places. Currently living on the beautiful island of Roatan.

I love water, little kids and coffee, so expect to see plenty of these things during my curation week. I look forward to your questions, comments, and feedback on my tweets.

As an author, educator, speaker, and consultant, I share my professional and personal experience, as the mother of two TCKs, with audiences worldwide.  In 2011, my book, “Emotional Resilience and the Expat Child,” was published.

I love the water so I took the first chance I got to move to the sea, being granted a scholarship to study at Chaminade University, Honolulu. There, I studied psychology and education. Still charmed by the sea, my first teaching post was in Tafuna, American Samoa. Then I moved to the San Francisco Bay area to get my master’s in Clinical Psychology. I have since worked in Singapore and Perth, Australia where we added two kids, a cat and dog into our family and the start of a “five continent life abroad”. With an ever-lengthening train of suitcases and container shipments, our family lived, worked and studied together in Singapore, Australia, Indonesia, Nigeria, Thailand, and the USA.

My children true global nomads have worked and studied in Canada, Argentina, Spain, and India.

To date I have worked with over 8000 global families, representing upwards of 50 different nationalities.

You can also find me on:
@Jsimens on Twitter
@Juliasimens on Instagram
juliasimens on YouTube

On Facebook


Books – Emotional Resilience and the Expat Child: Practical Storytelling Techniques That Will Strengthen the Global Family, Julia Simens, Summertime Publishing, 2011.

Ready, Aim, Soar! : The Expert Insights System for Business Growth and Success in the 21st Century by Marcia Wieder Featuring Rick Frishman, Dan Janal, Julia Simens and Tom Antion 2012.