Younger Teens

"I'm so glad my parents made me go. I made some great friends who really understood me and learned a lot about myself. And it was fun!"
- TCK - South East Asia

New for 2020: A TCK transition program younger teens!

Our new program is designed specifically for TCKs ages 12-16.

Come join us for a middle school/high school program!

Join us for a retreat in Georgia! Spend 4 nights and 3 days with other global nomads.  We’ll explore how to navigate the challenges, opportunities, and benefits of a cross-cultural life and its transitions. As you understand your unique identity and grow in your sense of belonging and purpose, you will lay a strong foundation for the rest of your life. Come! Intentionally grow with us and other TCKs from around the world. This might just be the best four days you’ve ever spent in America.


Are YOU ready to thrive in your transition?

Being a younger teen is rough.  Being a tween or younger teen TCK in transition is even tougher.  You have no plans to stay in your passport country, but here you are.  Normally, 0lder siblings and friends who will stay for university or work get most of the attention when it comes to transition.  We want to change that.

Here’s the thing–older teens in transition tend to be surrounded by others in similar transitions.  All college freshmen are in transition. However, all junior high students are not. Even though most high school freshmen experience some transition, often they do not have a cross-cultural element thrown on top of learning their way around a new school–and usually they expect to be at that school for more than a year.

Traditionally, transition seminars have focused on MKs and other TCKs entering college.  We’re here to change that! At Interaction, we believe kids in middle school and high school should have their own transition seminar.   We can’t go through transition for you, but we can help you do it well.

What to Expect

Come prepared to learn. We will focus on the expected elements of a cross-cultural transition as well as the unique aspects of this transition during early adolescence.  Expect learning to be fun and interactive. We’ll explore themes of TCK identity, transition, how to thrive where you’re planted–even if it is only temporary. We’ll also get a look at American culture through the lens of the southeastern part of the country.

Come prepared for fun and new friends.  Let’s face it, there are very few places you can go where everyone can relate to most of your life.  This is one of them. The staff have all lived and worked overseas with TCKs. We get you, and so will the other participants.  You don’t want to miss this.

It’s not easy being a tween or a younger teen.  We can’t change that. However, we can help as you cross cultures.  Are you ready? We can hardly wait to meet you!

Special Note:

TCKs/MKs ages 13-16 may request to attend the Older Teen programs in Colorado or Georgia if that is a better option for your family. Generally at those programs we pull the younger teens together during small group times to keep discussions age appropriate and relevant.

GEORGIA (new location 2020)

Dates: July 29-Aug 1, 2020

Read more about the Fort Mountain Programs and COVID here

Location: Fort Mountain Retreat And Conference Center in Chatsworth, GA

Ages: 12-16 (exceptions may be made)

Cost: $560 ($295 with need based scholarship*)
Includes $50 application fee

New: A shuttle will be available to pick students up from the Chattanooga airport (CHA) for a $35 fee. Flights should arrive no later than 4:00pm on July 29th, and depart no earlier than 2:00pm on August 1st. There will be no shuttles to and from Atlanta.

Save $50 with the Early Bird Discount. Ends March 15th

For more information, contact Interaction International at:

Phone: 630.653.8780

*NOTE on Refunds* Due to the special circumstances surrounding COVID-19, we have relaxed our refund policy for this year. If you will not be able to make it for any reason, full refunds will be issued up until June 26th and a 50% refund up until July 10th.

If we have to cancel the program due to government restrictions (or any other reason) we will offer full refunds. Those who are flying, we encourage the purchase of additional travel insurance to minimize potential risk.


2020 Program Staff

Interaction is pleased to co-sponsored this program with Compass Ministries.

Compass Ministry Staff will Include:

  • Roni and Vivian Lacuesta
  • Cindy Lewis
  • Spencer Clower (intern)
  • Rebecca Nettles (intern)

Interaction Staff will Include:

  • Bret Taylor

Auxiliary Staff will Include:

  • Angela Warfel
  • Andrew Thomas

This year’s staff includes experience working in over 50 different countries and almost 80 years of combined experience working with TCKs/MKs. Three of our staff are TCKs themselves!


Need Based Scholarship

Due to the generosity of Interaction’s donors, we are able to provide scholarships for those experiencing financial challenges- especially families working with NGOs and with 501(c)3 ministries. We want to remove the cost as being a factor for students not attending.

To apply for the scholarship, send us the following:
1) Email from parent giving a brief statement about your work and confirming your need of the scholarship. Keep it simple. We trust you.
2) Attach to the email a 200-300 word (1 page) reflection by the participant on their positive and negative experiences of living as a TCK/MK.
Send email to

We are grateful to our donors who make it possible for us to offer the scholarship to all qualified applicants. Use the donate button below if you would like to join our donors- enabling us to keep the doors open for all students who want to attend.