Welcome to the
World’s Happiest Ecosystem
for International Children

We are Expat Valley. We are the Ombudsperson for International Children.

We believe that international children and their families are part of an ecosystem surrounded by various types of organizations. Everyone benefits when these organizations consciously care for them, based on an understanding of how migration impacts these children’s lives.

Choose one of the routes above to learn more about how we can help you care for the international children closest to you. Or continue reading to learn more.

Awareness Activities

The best starting point to understanding the importance of our work is learning about how international migration impacts children. Read more.

You can develop a further understanding by reading our 52 stories series. Every week we tell the story of an international child. Read more.

Our team regularly hosts Inspiration Sessions to talk about international children’s experiences and what can be done to support them. See our LinkedIn Events page for our upcoming in-house sessions, watch recordings of previous sessions here, or organize an Inspiration Session tailored to your organization or event. Read more.


The Team

Our team is always happy to meet you when they’re not busy designing or delivering our solutions. This is us:

Caroline Giffon-Wee

Children’s Support Services Consultant


Karlijn Jacobs

Ombudsperson for International Children & CEO/Founder


Megan Norton

Children’s Support Services Consultant


Idris van Heffen

Art Director


Luise Zagst

Children’s Support Services Consultant


Our History

Expat Valley was founded in 2021, on the realization that international children and their families struggle to find the information and support they need. More info on how it takes a village to raise a child can be found here.

We are reclaiming the word ‘Expat’, which comes from the Latin roots ex-, meaning “away from”, and -patria, meaning “one’s native country”. At Expat Valley, all children who are growing up away from home or in between countries, are welcome.

Our Valley intends to be a safe space, a place to find community and solutions for international children and anyone that cares about their wellbeing. Read our full Manifest here.

Expat Valley is a social enterprise with a continuously improving range of solutions and programs, all intended to accomplish our ultimate goal: we want international children to thrive!