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maidshadmaidsAs Lauren CONTINUES to prepare for the arrival of her baby girl (come already!), Maayan enlists the help of one of her oldest friends, Yasmeen, to come on the show and represent. She does and what ensues is an honest conversation about what it as like growing up as a UN brat. How they never fit in and probably never will…as well as the perks of growing up as world citizen in every sense of the word. Listen to this HILARIOUS discussion between two old friends.

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What is a UN brat?

If you search online, things come up that truly don’t encompass the meaning of the word. It means you

  • traveled a fair amount and lived in a few countries
  • speak a few languages
  • may feel like you don’t have a home, feel rootless
  • had some kind of privileged existence because you were living in countries that were underdeveloped and therefore your family was relatively…above average financially.

What we used as main inspiration:

This awesome article by Buzzfeed. We basically went down the list. If you want to see if you fit the the description, as Yasmeen and Maayan most certainly did, check it out.

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  1. You are comfortable in unusual, strange, new situations
  2. You can understand at least two languages really quite well
  3. You got to travel. A lot.

Cons:

  1. You feel rootless…because you traveled. A lot.
  2. Explaining where you’re from is a pain in the ass (accent included)
  3. It’s hard to find…kindred spirits at this level.

Yasmeen and Maayan do a TELL-ALL that makes us cringe at times…an honest survival guide, right?

Some Backstory and further explanations, from Yazzy.

Here are some fun, and perhaps dull, facts about the nomadic life of UN brats, and more specifically of Maayan, and myself: Typically field jobs within UN post you in a developing country for 3 years and this work involves a lot of traveling to remote and impoverished areas to do hands on project organization. In the case of Maayan’s mother and my father (working for World Food Program) these programs involved food distribution. Typically our home would be in the countries’ capital, but a lot of the work would be done in more rural areas. Now, headquarters for the entire UN is -as many of you know – in Manhattan, but the headquarters of the various factions are in a number of different countries, and WFP’s happened to be in Rome (lucky us), and this is where I would meet the lovely Maayan, in, I believe, 6th grade. Headquarters postings are typically longer, and can just as often be permanent. The work is along the same lines – creating programs – but there is no direct application in this case.

 The school situation in Italy was more of a choice. There were multiple English speaking schools. I think there were around four English, and three American schools in Rome. When I was in Africa however, sometimes you just had to go to whichever English speaking school was available. They are private schools catering to an international community, so which system it was depended on who founded the school. Going to a local school was not an option because even in the rare case (as in Uganda) that they actually educate in English, the system’s curriculum usually doesn’t coincide with eventual requirements for college in western countries. I went to two American schools and three British, and I graduated from an American system school.
Maayan and I spent 3 magical years riding the bus together (Maayan had been there longer however) to our American school in Rome. It was a chance meeting, although our parents had met at some point and knew each other in passing. We were fast friends, but after three years I moved to Uganda, and Maayan to Ecuador, and our correspondence went from spotty to flatlined…until we found out through the grapevine that we were living in the same city in about 2005, so about 10 years after Rome…and the rest (if there’s anything left after my ramblings) is history.

For more fun times click here for a QUIZ.

Find out your inner nationality with this fun quiz. Yasmeen got German, Maayan got Canadian.

 

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Yasmeen has a #RAVE: It’s about Broad City…and how everyone should watch it. 

Maayan has a #TIP: About how she fixed her blue hair. With lemons.