Because the question, “Where are you from?” is a little complicated for you.
Welcome to The Sea Change Lab
A mentoring program run by Third Culture Kids for Third Culture Kids.
We match emerging adults ages 16 to 23 who grew up across cultures and nations with adults who did the same. Every week they meet over video conferencing no matter where they are in the world. Our mentors listen to all of the ups and downs of international life; give advice on school, careers, and relationships; laugh with you when you need a laugh; offer understanding when you feel misunderstood; and support you through life’s transitions.
All of us at Sea Change Mentoring grew up abroad, so trust us, we totally get it. We would never ask you where you are from or judge you because you’ve seen the world or cringe at the random language you insert into your sentences. We do the same thing! So, welcome home, you are family here!
“I find it really useful to be able to talk to someone who has been through the same challenges of being a TCK as me, as she understands completely how worried I am about fitting in at “home” in the United States.”
— Sea Change Mentoring Protégé
The Sea Change Lab
How it works
Nice to meet you!
We want to find you a mentor that you really click with! Fill out this application and let us know what you are into, what keeps you up at night, and what makes you laugh out loud.
Lets meet up
Once you fill out the application, we will hit you up with an email and arrange a video call. When we meet online, you can ask us any questions you want about the program, we can swap TCK stories and we will let you know what to expect
Who do you want in your corner?
Once we have met we will go out and find a mentor for you. We will present you with three possible choices based on shared interests and experiences. You choose the one you think will be the best fit.
Well, hello there.
Someone on the Sea Change team will introduce you and your mentor via a video conference. All three of us will talk about things like our favorite airport and where we would like to live next. Once you break the ice, you can start to plan out how you want this next year to go, and when and how often you will talk.
Seize the day
Once you are matched, you’ll meet with your mentor once a week for a year or longer. Have fun and get everything you want out of this experience. It is going to feel so good to be able to talk to someone who has been through it and totally gets it.
“Moving around overseas has made me a more adaptable person. It has also given me an identity crisis.”
— Sea Change Mentoring Protégé
Our protégés have lived all over the world. Some attended local schools in foreign countries, others attended international schools, some moved around every two years, others only moved once or twice, some took the IB and some were homeschooled. But what they all have in common is a shared international culture, the Third Culture.
To become a Sea Change protégé you must be between 16 and 23, have reliable access to the internet and be okay with meeting around once a week or once every two weeks, vacation time not included.
“Just a note to say I continue to be grateful (like, down on my knees grateful!) for the amazing support [my daughter] has received through her Sea Change Mentor. What a transformation. Truly, truly life-changing at this crucial phase of her journey/development.”
– Parent of a protégé at university
Meet Your Mentor
Your mentor is a down-to-earth, easy-to-talk-to professional who can also answer yes to at least one of the questions above. Your mentor might be a scientist, a published author, a technology professional, or a social entrepreneur, but one thing is for certain, your mentor gets what it is like to grow up among different cultures. Your mentor has had great adventures around the world and has applied these experiences to career and personal success. Meet your new mentor today.
Meet the team
The Sea Change Mentoring team not only brings expertise and passion to our work, but we also bring sincere empathy for students and teachers. Each of us comes to this work as international school alumni and experienced educators first and foremost.
Beatriz Lucas was born in Mexico to Spanish and French parents, but grew up in the UK and Canada. She works as a biologist helping resource-dependent communities maintain their lifestyle while ensuring the conservation needs of an ecosystem. She wanted to become a mentor to help other Third Culture Kids fulfill their potential and enjoy life to the maximum. She is a big music fan, loves sports, meeting and learning from people, listening to NPR podcasts and hula hooping.
Beatriz is matched with a 17 year old American attending a British International School in Europe. They have worked on planning for a career in environmental science, how to make meaning from international volunteering experiences, friendships and goodbyes, the college essay, exploring international identities. In February of 2015, they completed a cross national collaborative project, which was an animated film on the subject of waste recycling.
Special Projects Intern
Lydia Foxall is an American citizen, raised in Chile, Ecuador, and India. She attended the International School Nido de Aguilas in Santiago, Academia Cotopaxi American International School in Quito, and the American Embassy school in New Delhi. When she was in middle school, Lydia repatriated to New Hampshire, U.S. with her family and attended a rural public school. As a young adult, Lydia lived in Cadiz, Spain to study Spanish and immerse herself in the Andalusian culture. She completed her bachelors degree in Social Work from the University of New Hampshire in the spring of 2017.
While she was at University, Lydia worked as part of the Steering Committee for Safe Passage Across Networks, SPAN. In addition to her work with SPAN, Lydia also interned at the American International School of Vienna in Austria. She worked closely with the middle school guidance counselor assisting with students social, emotional, and academic needs. Her focus was on students in transition. After returning from Austria, Lydia interned with a school social worker at the Concord High School in New Hampshire working primarily with refugee students. Lydia believes strongly in Sea Change Mentoring, and is passionate about empowering TCKs worldwide.
Senior Program &
Most recently, Josh served as the Senior Manager of Professional Development, Technology for all of New York City public schools. In his role, he trained principals and school administrators in how to use student data and technology systems to improve instruction and measure progress. Josh is also an adjunct professor within New York University’s Stern School of Business, where he teaches critical thinking and writing to college freshmen. Josh has high school teaching experience as an English teacher through the New York City Teaching Fellows, worked to implement No Child Left Behind, and helped lead the educational nonprofit Computers for Youth. Josh’s parents were officers in the US Navy, so as a child lived on both US coasts, Guam, and Thailand. He holds two Masters degrees in Education, and a PhD in Educational Leadership from Teacher’s College, Columbia University.
CEO & Founder
Ellen is the founder of Sea Change Mentoring and an alumna of Singapore American School and the International School of Sacred Heart in Tokyo. Prior to launching Sea Change Mentoring, she developed the mentor management and quality programming policies and procedures for iMentor, a leading youth mentoring program recognized by President Obama for its excellence and innovation. During her time at iMentor, she Increased the quality and quantity of support provided to 4800 participants and 16 school administrations by building and administering assessments, developing evidence-based strategies and creating internal efficiencies. In 2008, she was awarded a City Council Citation for her work during her time at iMentor. She is certified in mentoring program supervision by Fordham University’s School of Social Work and Big Brothers Big Sisters and she studied School Counseling at George Washington University’s Graduate School for Human Development. She is a co-founding board member of Safe Passage Across Networks (SPAN), which facilitates the establishment of programs that address the challenges of mobility across networks of schools. Ellen resides in San Francisco, California