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This feels foreign to me: a talk with Lisa La Valle-Finan

As Globiana’s Cross Cultural Adaptation Lead and as a former expat herself, Lisa La Valle-Finan has a wealth of knowledge and personal experience on the topic of culture shock. Here, she explains what it is and how it feels, and she shares…
Expat Partners: Meet Your New City Through the Local Language

Expat Partners: Meet Your New City Through the Local Language

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Of the many challenges that an expat partner faces through the course of relocation, there is no one clear champion. Different individuals react differently when they are confronted by the myriad move-related tasks and circumstances that are…

Things I’ve Learned Since Moving to the Bay Area

I arrived at SFO at the end of July 2014 on a direct flight from my hometown, Calgary, Canada. I was excited, mostly because I felt like I was going on a hot summer vacation. After a few months, excitement turned to insecurity, confusion, irritation…

Global Dexterity - Easier Said Than Done

Picture the following: Greg O’Leary, a 32-year-old mid-level manager, is in Shanghai for the first time to negotiate a critical deal with a distributor. To prepare himself for the trip, Greg has learned some key cultural differences between…

5 Tips on Alleviating the Expat Tax Stress

Ah, that wonderful time of the year is upon us—tax season! While you might be dreading the process of filing your US tax return, we are here to give you some tips to make it a bit less ‘taxing’! Here’s a look at the top 5 things you…
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The Context of American Learning

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Whether you are at home or abroad, choosing the right school is always an important decision for you and your family. These days our futures depend on it more than ever. So, now that you are living in the United States, how can you decide without…
When the Clock Strikes Twelve…

When the Clock Strikes Twelve...

There is nothing like a fresh start… The sense of renewal we get from turning a page on the calendar and entering a new year is recognized in every culture. Whether it is a family tradition, our sense of humor or an old superstition that makes…

Lack of Language Skills—Biggest Obstacle for Expats?

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As organisations continue to expand beyond their home markets, they are faced with numerous challenges. While entering a new market is full of risks – whether the organisation goes it alone or collaborates with a local partner – there is…

When Expat Spouses Can’t Adjust, Assignments Fail

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Multinational companies are fast realizing that they need to provide more comprehensive support for expat spouses. When trailing partners don’t get the help they need to transition successfully, international assignments run the risk of being…

Are you Trailing or Living Your Life?

"It is all in the eyes of the beholder"- No phrase describes the differences in the trailing spouse experiences better. Is following your husband's career around the globe a perfect recipe for the spot in the "graveyard of ambition" or is it…

The Choice of Being Positive

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Have you ever noticed how contageous the negativity can be? Particularly when you feel lonely and any kind of a conversation is better than none? Before long we find ourselves pulled into emotions of the negative neighbor or a person next to…

Does Your English Grammar Give You Headaches?

If English is your second language (it is to most of our team), how secure do you feel about your English grammar? Chances are, your English as second language education (highly educated interpreters and translators excluded) was a lot more…