Who am I?
I have worked with international students and their families on four continents for close to 30 years. As a third-generation Adult Third Culture Kid (TCK) myself, I can empathize with each of you during your transition experiences.
My goal is to support young people to arrive and thrive at university and then the adult world, by clarifying their strengths and understanding the steps needed to be successful. I also help international educators and parents to navigate the next step in their journeys. Throughout the school year, I present at international conferences, schools and organizations on the cross-cultural transition to university.
The Compass & The Lighthouse
Over the centuries, as sailors ventured across the oceans, the compass was their invaluable guide, a way to find direction when there was emptiness stretching on every horizon. Sailors trusted in the compass to help them reach their destination.
For sailors journeying across the vast, often stormy seas, the lighthouse was a beacon, a symbol that their voyage was almost over. They were approaching the safety of a harbor. In between the sailor and the shore, the lighthouse marked the dangers to avoid -- rocks, waves, fog -- and guided the sailors home, in day or night.
Here at Aleka Bilan Consulting, I aim to serve as your compass and your lighthouse. Your guide and your guardian. As you travel to join new educational communities, the journey can feel stormy. I am here to point the way, to guide you safely to the new shore, to be ready to thrive once you arrive. I, too, have sailed these proverbial seas and am looking forward to supporting you in this next step of your journey.