Birth Country Travel: Language & Identity
This is part 3 in a series on international adoption and identity.
For most kids on a homeland journey, language and the ability to communicate is an immediate piece of how they see themselves. Very few are able to speak in their birth language. As a result, their first interaction with people in their birth country is usually awkward and unsettling.
Thankfully, for kids traveling with other kids, the moment happens almost simultaneously. Almost in unison, we hear, “I was at this shop, and this lady was talking to me thinking I could understand her and I had NO IDEA what she was saying!”