There are a growing number
of Americans moving abroad, and black women are amongst
those seeking an international life as an Expat. So, as I get ready to
launch my new book, YOU TOO! Can Live Abroad(sign up
now! for updates) in a few weeks, I wanted to speak to both women who are
currently living abroad, and Future Expats.
Today, I had the opportunity to speak to Future Expat, Cherise Charleswell, who is already a seasoned traveler. However, she still has her sights set on having a life and career outside of the United States. Although, she doesn't have a firm date of when she'll actually move abroad, she does have some of her future international travels for 2016 already booked and paid for, she is not playing y'all!
Expecting Great Things!
Name: Cherise Charleswell
Occupation: Clinical Researcher, Diversity Officer, Writer, Segment
Producer for Broadcast Radio, Model. Yes, I wear MANY hats.
Counties visiting by the end of 2015: Japan, Indonesia,
Singapore, Costa Rica.
Already Booked for 2016: Trinidad & Tobago, Thailand,
Kosovo, Albania, and Colombia. And, I still feel like I am forgetting to
list a few.
Where is home? Home and roots will always be the Virgin
Islands. However, I do not feel tied to any particular locale.
Currently resides in? Los Angeles
When did you first obtain your passport? At a young age, I'm not
exactly sure when it was first obtained for me. Have you traveled abroad? If so, where? Yes, I have. I have been
to…Mexico, Canada, The Bahamas, Antigua, Anguilla, St Kitts, The Netherlands,
The Netherlands Antilles: (St Maarten/St Martin, Aruba), British Virgin
Islands, England, Portugal, Greece, Italy, France, and United Arab Emirates.
Why are you interested in living abroad? Living abroad is something
that I wanted to do for a very long time. I was unable to accept a study abroad
program, being that I had to work my way through college during my
undergraduate years. However, I made it a point to befriend any exchange
students and all those who had an immigrant background like mine. I just find
that people outside of the US seem to be more socially politically aware, and
for that reason far more interesting. There is also the state of US politics
and the economy. I would like to live in a country that still values education,
people, and infrastructure over war and profit. One where mass shootings are
not the accepted norm. One where pursuing higher education does not put you in
crippling debt. Seriously, I would like to pursue a doctoral degree, but know
that I will not put myself in further debt by doing it here in the United
Where would you like to live and why? Goodness, if I had the exact
answer to this, I would be gone already. I will just say that I am open to all
opportunities. I have found something that touches me in every country that I
visit, and know that I will be able to make any country “home”. What do you think will be your biggest adjustment when moving
abroad? The biggest adjustment may be not being able to readily
obtain some of the food products that I am used to; particularly since I am a
vegetarian. Do you have any fears about living abroad? If, so what are they? No,
I do not. What are three things you miss about America? I am unfortunately
still here and have nothing to miss. However, I am sure that when I do
emigrate, the things that I will miss are my family and friends; but they will
always have an open door to visit me.
Cha is the president of Global Bound Consulting where she coaches’ individuals
in transition, provides intercultural training, and speaks to schools, groups,
and organizations. She is also the founder of Expat Women of Color, which
is a 501C3 organization that helps connect women who desire to live, work,
study and/or travel abroad with other women and resources to live abroad
successfully. In here spear time, she loves to travel and see the world. You
can contact and learn more about Cha through her personal website www.chajones.com or
through her blog www.thenomadicchick.com.
If you are interested in moving, working, studying, or traveling abroad and don't know where to begin, I can assist you through my coaching practice. However, I also offer intercultural training for individuals, groups, companies, and/or organizations.