PURPOSE: As a black expat I have lived and worked for nearly a decade in Taiwan as a teacher and entrepreneur, working to bring more people of color to the second safest country in the world. But for all the great things that the island has to offer, there is still something missing. Something for us. Built by us, led by us, and catered to us. Those of us who struggle to find and buy hair care products, or simply getting a lining.
Those of us who want to listen to our music, with our people, on our own terms without the slight insertion of techno music every third song. Those of us who go to work every day and come home every day to people who don’t look like us, and don’t fully understand our culture or our needs as people of color in a foreign land. Those of us that have accepted our new home, but are still seeking something that feels a little more like home while far away from the place we first called home.
The Haven we're working to create and build is needed in many places throughout the world. Back home we find it in little things like skating rinks, barbershops, rec centers, and more. But in the new places we make home, like Taiwan, these are needed. These are needed so that the next time a person considers making the leap abroad they feel that much more secure, that much more supported, and that much more hopeful, because they know they have a Haven. Our haven will encompass all of these things and more. The things that are needed for the growing Black Expat community in Taiwan.
GLOBAL OUTREACH: We plan to visit more the 25 schools/universities across America to share what I’ve learned and to speak with students about opportunities that they may not know of and provide insight on how to make it happen and how “possible” traveling and living adventurously actually is. It's more than an Instagram story or a Facebook group. It's a collection of individuals and their stories/resources. Knowledge to be shared to and with all that will listen. We also plan to open the Haven to the entire Black Expat community in Taiwan.
EMOTIONAL CONNECTION: The Black Expat Podcast topics related to expats and traveling all over the world. What made me decide to move to the other side of the world? How did I end up becoming a director of an International English program abroad? How do I deal with being away from family? What is dating like abroad? How many people from different countries have you been able to meet; what are they like? How do you address mental health abroad?
These were all questions I had been asked by other people, and would reflect upon and ask myself. As more people of color began to voyage abroad to not only travel, but to live, I realized that these discussions needed to be had, and for people on the cusps of making the leap to change their environment there needed to be a place to hear the perspectives of those that have done it and are continuously doing it. My perspective alone doesn’t have the impact as the many I’ve had the privilege of hearing and sharing. The Black Expat Podcast aims to share, teach, and inspire those who have, will, or hope to know more about the Black experience abroad. And if they make the choice to dive into such an experience, they too can know that a Haven is possible.
- Sponsorship and donations to assist with the marketing, building development, supplies, and start up for the Haven. This includes development, construction, interior/exterior development, and additional startup needs.
- Travel, production, and setup for the podcast, interviews, and connections both on the island and stateside for The Black Expat Podcast.
CONNECTING OTHERS: Each contributor/donator will receive \
- monthly written/photo updates of progress
- Feature page on cptravels.com website*
- Features on The Black Expat Podcast*
- VIP invite to soft/exclusive opening of the The Haven
This is bigger than me. This is for more than Culture. This is for The People.