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How to cope with the four stages of expat relocation

I recently came across an article on the 4 stages of cultural adjustment when moving abroad. As an expat who has lived and worked in 7 different countries I couldn’t relate more! While each time can be slightly different, there is definitely a repeating pattern every time you make that move. Being aware of these emotional phases and learning how to overcome difficulties during expat relocation helps to take a step towards understanding the culture of your new expat home. Here’s how to immerse yourself in a new country:…

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4 insights into overseas work mentalities

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Living and working in foreign countries is a funny thing. We hop on a 2h flight across Europe and think we are aware and respectful about cultural differences or that at least we will learn to adapt shortly. But do we really?
I recently joined a French company here in Spain to work for their German team which made me think about differences in working mentalities: I have worked in international teams across 7 countries over the past 15 years and definitely find some mentalities easier to work with than others. Take meeting styles as an example. In my opinion …

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Lonely expat: How do you handle loneliness?

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Expat life sounds exciting and adventurous to most people. We get to experience different ways of life and to learn about new countries, cultures and mentalities. It truly is exciting! Especially the first six months are filled with thrilling excitement and discoveries about the “new” life while relocation and general adjustment keep us busy. During that time we may go through a rollercoaster of emotions. And when it finally gets a bit quieter and find a routine, we may feel a little lonely sometimes.

Even after 10 years of living abroad a feeling of isolation comes and goes in steady …

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13 valuable tips for moving to a new country

Moving country is a great, rewarding and character building experience. You get the chance to learn from other mentalities, customs and ways of life that enrich your own. I would not want to miss it!

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However, don’t underestimate the stress and pressure you can be exposed to, especially during the first six months. Having lived in 7 different countries, I know well enough what I’d like to call a “circle of emotions” you go through. …

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7 curious facts about living in Germany

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When I moved back to Germany after 10 years of living abroad, my home country didn’t feel so familiar anymore. It was just like moving to any other country; apart from I should have understood the language… But I had moved to Southern Germany and the local Swabian accent has nothing to do with my Saxon roots.

So did I really have to experience a reverse culture shock in my own country? I certainly did!…

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