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Back to the roots: ”As New Zealanders in rural Switzerland, we were so exotic that we even appeared in the local newspaper” #26

Back to the roots: ”As New Zealanders in rural Switzerland, we were so exotic that we even appeared in the local newspaper” #26

October 20, 2021

How does one become affected by the process of expatriation when the decision to migrate is made by the family? And what challenges does it pose for teenagers, respectively? Is going back to your heritage a different experience than any other form of emigration? 

Stephanie Meister came to Switzerland as a teenage child and has tried to find a suitable answer to the million-dollar question "where is home for you?" ever since. After navigating her career path as a psychologist with some initial hardships she had to overcome, she has been working as a career coach for stedtnitz. design your Life GmbH in Zurich. What a story!

Find out more about what she does here: 

www.stedtnitz.ch

https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephanie-meister-694749106/

 

”As a stay-at-home mum, I often felt the need to defend that decision” says Hana, an expat wife and blogger who followed her husband and their three children to Switzerland. #25

”As a stay-at-home mum, I often felt the need to defend that decision” says Hana, an expat wife and blogger who followed her husband and their three children to Switzerland. #25

September 4, 2021
Moving abroad is a challenge in itself, yet giving up your career and leaving your comfort zone may feel even more challenging. Hanka Hurábová did exactly both. And it has not been an easy decision as she admits. Why did she decide to stay at home with her children and how did she end up cooperating with tourist agencies like Wandermagazin Schweiz or Ticino Turismo? Does she regret any of her decisions and what does she find peculiar about the Swiss way of life? 
If you are into hiking and travelling, find out more here: 
https://www.ourswissexperience.com/en/
Instagram & Facebook: our_swiss_experience
“Being French has often been a door opener in my career abroad” says Isabelle, a successful entrepreneur based in Geneva about her journey to California and back #24

“Being French has often been a door opener in my career abroad” says Isabelle, a successful entrepreneur based in Geneva about her journey to California and back #24

June 30, 2021
Isabelle Litzler is a career coach, solopreneur and a true business woman who knows everything about working with expats. She herself has been living the expat life since her late teenage years and has a good insight in all the Do's and Don'ts with regard to the whole expat experience package. 
 
An absolute must if you are thinking about moving to Switzerland or have just landed here, and-of course-if you want to hear another interesting life path all the way from France to California and back. 
 
Find out more about Isabelle here:
 
https://www.isabellelitzler.com
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRmhATYXSWGVB2c0C6mL3Iw?view_as=subscriber
“As an expat single stuck abroad, the times like the Covid pandemic may hit you even harder than imagined” say Aleksandra and Petra, two expats in Belgium and Germany #23

“As an expat single stuck abroad, the times like the Covid pandemic may hit you even harder than imagined” say Aleksandra and Petra, two expats in Belgium and Germany #23

May 31, 2021
This time a bit different: two ladies from the same region, yet from different countries, sharing their expat experiences from the perspective of a single relocating for a job and a better future to Belgium and Germany. Polyglots, language and translation professionals, expat souls and my friends whom I met during my internship in the EU Parliament in Luxembourg have been my dear guests on Exlander. 
 
Petra Mesić relocated to Germany from Croatia for a job at Electronic Arts and has pursued her career within a different company since then. She has shared some of the culture shocks she initially encountered, her single online dating expat experience (spoiler alert: not all Germans are polyamorous:-) and her emotional, yet realistic relationship to her homeland. 
 
During the covid pandemic she started a youtube channel called Piotra and as an avid trained choir singer she has released a song playing ukulele: 
 
Aleksandra Starčević is of Serbian origin and comes from Slovenia. She works at the European Network of Political Foundations in Brussels and has lived in Luxembourg, Iceland and Portugal before settling in Belgium. She has shared bits and pieces of what it is like to live in the EU bubble, her relationship towards the Balkans and what the expat single experience looks like from her perspective. 
 
If you want to hear some tips on how to integrate as a single expat abroad and learn something new at the same time, this episode is an absolute must. 
 
*update: Germany is no longer in the harsh lockdown as it was when recording this episode. Let's celebrate!:-)
“It took me 18 months to adjust back in my home country” says Ania, the expat with an expiry date, about her repatriation experience #22

“It took me 18 months to adjust back in my home country” says Ania, the expat with an expiry date, about her repatriation experience #22

May 12, 2021
Ania Kolbuszewska is a top-class educational consultant, manager, language teacher, teacher trainer and a mediator who has agreed to share her experience on what it means to be an expat with an expiry date. She relocated from Poland to Switzerland and then back to Poland. And even though she was concious of the reversed culture shock, it hit her harder than expected.
An absolute must listen for anyone who is relocating back home after several years abroad or who is craving some useful tips to overcome the initial culture shock both ways...and of course, many other interesting topics as usual:-)
You can find out more about Ania here:
https://pl.linkedin.com/in/ania-kolbuszewska
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCy1P60_tgSbEsr9pBDMekHg
 
Vietnamese TikTok guru in Czechia: about his Asian identity coupled with Western mentality, starting a business from scratch and why he doesn’t mind being called a banana child #21

Vietnamese TikTok guru in Czechia: about his Asian identity coupled with Western mentality, starting a business from scratch and why he doesn’t mind being called a banana child #21

April 17, 2021

David Duc is a young entrepreneur and a founder of the company TikTokuj.cz. Although he has spent the majority of his life in Czechia, he would always claim he is Vietnamese first. We talked about what he misses about Vietnam, what some of the most common Asian stereotypes are and what motivated him to start an online business from scratch. And much more!

An absolute must for anyone who is into online & social media marketing, cross-cultural experience and a good portion of subtle yet slightly politically incorrect fun:-) 

www.tiktokuj.cz /@dave.duc on Instagram

 

“Do it now or never, live your dream every day”: from a bartender to a video content creator who left Slovakia and settled in Switzerland to follow his passion #20

“Do it now or never, live your dream every day”: from a bartender to a video content creator who left Slovakia and settled in Switzerland to follow his passion #20

March 28, 2021

One doesn't have to agree with everything Juraj says to admit that he has some real balls. Leaving everything at the age of 34 to move to a foreign country with no knowledge of French and starting from scratch, that requires some portion of courage and perseverance which is not for everyone.

This interview is full of motivation and inspiration, overcoming obstacles and brutal honesty about how you have to adapt your mindset if you want to achieve your biggest dream.

He runs his own content creating business and in order to have a glimpse into what the final result of his creative process looks like you can visit his Instagram profile: nowornevervdo or find him under https://nowornevervdo.ch.

Stuck in Praguatory: What was in the bag in 1997 and what do Czechs and Brits have in common? #19

Stuck in Praguatory: What was in the bag in 1997 and what do Czechs and Brits have in common? #19

March 15, 2021

Another interview is a portion of brutal honesty about life in general, particularly then about coping with the midlife corporate crisis, the privilege he experienced as a Brit coming to Prague in the 90s, the challenges of bilingualism and about finding his home in Czechia. 

Roderick Lambert is a life coach who exited the C-suite corporate life to find peace and time for things he really loves. 

https://cz.linkedin.com/in/rodericklambert

Crazy Swiss Asians: why it takes forever to make a decision, about the possibility of being buried in the Swiss countryside and why being gay means much more than a letter #18

Crazy Swiss Asians: why it takes forever to make a decision, about the possibility of being buried in the Swiss countryside and why being gay means much more than a letter #18

March 6, 2021

In this interview I was talking to Sebestian who relocated from the Switzerland in Asia to real Switzerland in Zurich. An episode full of brutal honesty, challenging topics and lots of fun, what a ride! 

 

“I could have never imagined to be invited to the White House” says Vladimir about what brought him to NYC. #17

“I could have never imagined to be invited to the White House” says Vladimir about what brought him to NYC. #17

February 18, 2021

I had the honour to interview Vladimir Dzuro, an investigator, second highest Czech official in the UN, author of the book "The Investigator: Demons of the Balkan War" about his love for New York, roots back in Czechia, the challenges one faces when mindset has to adapt and what it feels like to be invited to the White House. 

Find out more on: https://warcrimeinvestigator.com

"Views expressed in this podcast by Vladimir Dzuro are solely of his own and they do not reflect the official policy or position of the United Nations."

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