International Speaker and
Globetrotting Adventurer
Christopher O'Shaughnessy
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Christopher O'Shaughnessy - International Speaker and Globetrotting Adventurer

Christopher O’Shaughnessy is a passionate and versatile author and speaker who uses a unique blend of story-telling, humor, and provocative insight to engage a wide array of people on topics associated with globalization and cross-cultural understanding. Chris is enlisted by organizations large and small ranging from international schools and educational institutions to government agencies and businesses across the globe. He has worked in, lived in, or traveled to more than 100 countries and brings first hand experience of an ever-globalizing world to his audiences.

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Chris speaks on a range of topics for students, adults, teachers, including:

Cross Cultural Kids (CCKs) and Third Culture Kids (TCKs)

Transition & Change Management


Identity & Culture

Character Development, Social Media, and Anti-Bullying

Community Development & Dynamics

Cultivating and Harnessing Empathy in Schools, Businesses, and Organizations

Chris's Book

[ Arrivals, Departures, and the Adventures In-Between ]

Arrivals, Departures, and the Adventures In-Between

Chris’s book, Arrivals, Departures and the Adventures In-Between, has received high praise from students, teachers, and other experts in the international community as a resource that is both enjoyable to read and able to instill truths, insights and skills essential to navigating life successfully in an ever globalizing world. It has also been used in teaching cross-cultural skills and instilling global awareness in a variety of disciplines at the college level and for businesses.

Once, down a dark alleyway, a struggling TCK bumped into a mysterious Zen master, a grinning comedian, and an author of thrillers. That alleyway and those personas reside at O'Shaughnessy's center. Get ready to grab your seat to steady your heart and to avoid falling over with laughter.

Douglas W. Ota

author of Safe Passage: What Mobility Does to People & What International Schools Should Do About It

I wish this book had been written when I was younger.

Ruth E Van Reken

co-author of Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds

O'Shaughnessy's does a marvelous job of covering the characteristics of the Third Culture Kid with riveting examples taken from his own life. Thanks for this valuable addition to the TCK literature and most importantly, the teen TCK.

Lois J Bushong

author of Belonging Everywhere & Nowhere: Insights into Counseling the Globally Mobile

O'Shaughnessy skillfully approaches cross-cultural upbringings and transitions with insight, compassion and humorous tales of identity, connection, community, belonging and resilience.

Linda A Janssen

author of The Emotionally Resilient Expat: Engage, Adapt and Thrive Across Cultures

Every TCK who is a junior or senior in high school should read this book before going off to college or living on their own.

Delana H Stewart

Education Consultant
Website: The Education Cafe

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Chapter 1: Being Foreign Where Foreigners Don't Belong

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Chapter 3: Don't Run ... Use Your Words

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Chapter 6: Good Grief, Look at My British Teeth


Where on Earth is Chris?

  • Belgium

    7 February, 2017

    St John’s International School

    Waterloo, Belgium

  • Belgium

    8 February, 2017

    Red Rocks Church

    Waterloo, Belgium

  • USA

    15 February, 2017

    Lewis and Clark College

    Portland, Oregon, USA

  • Oman

    2 - 4 March, 2017

    Various Engagements

    Muscat, Oman

  • UAE

    6 - 10 March, 2017

    Various Engagements

    Dubai, UAE

  • Netherlands

    23 - 25 March, 2017

    Families in Global Transition Conference

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • USA

    24 - 27 April, 2017

    Various Engagements

    Los Angeles, California, USA

  • United Kingdom

    22 May, 2017

    ACS Hillingdon International School

    London, United Kingdom

  • United Kingdom

    26 - 29 May, 2017

    Crossfire Youth Conference

    London, United Kingdom

  • Netherlands

    1 June, 2017

    International School of Amsterdam

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • China

    11 - 20 August, 2017

    Various Engagements

    Wuhan, China

  • UAE

    18 - 22 September, 2017

    Various Engagements

    Dubai, UAE

  • UK

    5 - 6 October, 2017

    Various Engagements

    London, United Kingdom

  • USA

    23 - 27 October, 2017

    Corban University

    Salem, Oregon, USA

  • USA

    10 - 13 November, 2017

    Various Engagements

    Seattle, Washington, USA

  • Malaysia

    13 - 17 November, 2017

    Various Engagements

    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

  • Book


What people have to say about Chris ...

Gary Melton

Mont Kiara International School,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Chris O’Shaughnessy spoke to our students and parents this fall and I would highly recommend him for all audiences... He was very well informed on all aspects of the subject of ‘third culture kids,’ was a superb speaker, humorous at the right times and in appropriate ways, and always able to get the key points across. Chris also did a very nice job of tailoring his presentations for younger students (Middle School), older students (High School) and parents. The information he presented was very relevant to each audience. I received rave reviews from all groups he presented to – students, faculty, and parents.

Daniel Johnston

Dean of Students,
St. John’s International School, Waterloo, Belgium

Chris has been active in the St. John’s International School community for many years. We invite him in to speak to both students and parents on a regular basis and he connects brilliantly with both audiences. He really identifies with the TCK phenomenon as it has been his own experience, but he is also incredibly educated on the topic and so is able to address it from inside and out. His willingness and ability to share his own stories and experiences with his audience in an humorous and honest way ropes them in and opens them up to understand more about themselves and our international community. The way our students flock to him with excitement as he walks through the halls is the strongest testament I can give. I can’t wait till the next opportunity to invite him back.

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