Why becoming an Expat’ Mentor?

“Becoming an Expat’ Mentor gives you the opportunity to make you new friends, practice a foreign language and learn a lot about another culture.”
Becoming an Expat’ Mentor allows you to help other expats to feel comfortable within the new environment by passing on your knowledge about a specific country to a less experienced person. Moreover, it gives you the opportunity to make you new friends, practice a foreign language and learn a lot about another culture.
Mentoring another person from a different background broadens your own horizons and deepens your understanding of other people and cultures. It provides other expats with support, counsel, friendship, reinforcement and constructive example.
You can gain satisfaction from knowing that you are helping an individual or even a family. If you have already been a expat’ mentee, you can look at the process as a way of “giving back.”
Should you consider being an Expat’ Mentor?
You might consider becoming an Expat’ Mentor if you know what you have to offer and are eager to share what you know with a less experienced Expat’. You will be a great mentor if you are ready to accept all the rewards that come when you help someone else.

Expatriate Training – How to succeed in your expatriation, manage stress and emotions while your international assignment Lyon Nice Munich

By Julia Noyel

You are planning to go abroad or sending your employees abroad ? Going abroad is a wonderful experience if it is well prepared. What I have learned from my experience as Global Mobility Consultant while working with expats, but also from my personal experience: Apart from the thorough organization before the start of the expatriation what counts the most is the emotional preparation! One key I found during my work to succeed in your expatriation or international assignment and to prevent failure is Emotional Intelligence, the capacity to handle your emotions and stress while abroad. 

You are wondering how to get prepared, how to manage your own stress and emotions but also the stress your family will face during your international assignment? Not being able to handle well emotions and stress during your expatriation can seriously harm the employee but also have important consequences for the employer. Expatriation failure involves high costs for the company!

During our workshop How to succeed in your expatriation, manage stress and emotions while your international assignment’ in Lyon Nice Munich you will learn how

  • how to get emotionally prepared to your expatriation in order to minimize stress and guarantee the success of your expatriation
  • to communicate with yourself, to feel, listen to and manage your emotions
  • to motivate yourself during your international assignment
  • to recognize others’ emotions and show empathy
  • to make an inventory: identify stressors during your expatriation
  • to identify different stress compensation mechanisms
  • to learn about simple stress management tools and choose the most suitable according to your personality
  • to listen and understand the messages of your body
  • to identify your beliefs, express your needs and vision
  • to develop a survival strategy for hard times


Benefits of training – How to succeed in your expatriation, manage stress and emotions while your international assignment’*(please see below for other cities)

  • Improve you general welfare, reduce stress
  • Be more motivated and effective at work
  • Reduce costs due to failure
  • Happier family
  • Concrete and practical methods
  • An integral approach (taking into account the body and mind)
  • Simple and creative tools easily applicable at home and work
  • An action plan tailored to the needs of each participant


During my training How to succeed in your expatriation, manage stress and emotions while your international assignment in Lyon Nice Munich, a mixture of different approaches help you discover a variety of methods and to select the most suitable for you. These workshops are held in a friendly, amusing and ZEN atmosphere in Lyon, Munich or Nice or within your company (in English, French or German). I also offer skype,phone or individual sessions.

For whom?

Anyone who is going abroad, sent on expatriation and who would like to succeed in the expatriation, reduce expatriate failure and better handle stress and emotions during an international assignment.

Practical information

Next dates in Lyon, Nice & Munich please contact me. *

The training workshops are scheduled for 7 hours over 1 or 2 modules.
For the registration form and to know the availability for this intensive workshop (groups are limited to 9 people), contact me!

*Please notice all my workshops are available also as individual intensive training (by face-to face, Skype or phone) worldwide in French, German and English! Contact me!


Please contact me.

Julia Noyel is Global Mobility Consultant, founder of ZenExpat’, lecturer in various business schools (e.g.Skema Business School, Esdes), Coach & Psychological Counselor certified by the college of Hamburg and author of several self-help books and philosophical and psychological novels, including black sheep lives better: how to change and realize your dream life. She is expert in communication, emotional management & intelligence, body-mindfulness and authenticity. Inspired by various techniques of nonviolent communication (NVC, PET, EI etc.), emotional intelligence and creativity tools her goal is to enable everyone to break free from stress and anxiety and to succeed during the expatriation.






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Sending employee on International assignment – Keys for success

You would like to send one of your employees on international assignment, in order to set up a foreign branch or to conduct a major project? In this article you find essential questions to prepare the international assignment of your employees.

What often is an exciting and challenging step for your employee, means for you as HR manager a lot of work. Why? Because in case of an international assignment it is of course not enough to buy a plane ticket and wish your employee a safe journey.
Your task as a HR Manager is rather to accompany your employee with all organizational steps and to consider all eventualities. You have to assist your employee as well as possible on the way abroad.
The challenge is to work through a series of questions, questions that are crucial to the success of the international assignment for you, for the employee and also for the company!

ZenExpat has prepared some of the most important questions when sending your employees on international assignment:

  • Is the employee suitable for an international assignment? Is he/she motivated?
  • What is the length of the mission? What is the start date?
  • During the stay abroad will the employee be still linked to the Home Company, or must a new contract with the Host Company be signed?
    What is about the employee’s salary? What elements have to be included, added to the remuneration?
  • How will the employee be insured? Does the employee remain within the Home Country social security? Is there an agreement that prevents double contributions? Will he / she be enrolled in the social security of the host country? Is the company financing the relocation of the employee?
  • What is the budget?
  • What are the implications of the stay abroad for the taxes payable by the employee?
  • What other administrative details should be considered? (Visa, work permit)

Especially if you are not used to sending your employees abroad the above-mentioned questions can help you to prepare the international assignment of your employee and serve as a guideline.

Please feel free to contact me for any further information.


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Arrival within a new country: How to integrate rapidly and stay ZEN

global deal goldBy Julia Noyel

Arriving in a new working and living environment is not always easy, especially if you don’t know anybody at the host country. Your friends are far away and maybe you feel a bit alone. You will have to find new friends, especially if you decide to expatriate for a period of 1 to 3 years. In this article you will learn more how Irma from Mexico managed her integration to France.

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Emotional Intelligence – How to make an expatriation a success and prevent expatriate failure

gesture, family, travel, tourism and body parts concept - close up of four fingers with smiley faces over dubai city infinity edge pool backgroundBy Julia Noyel
Are you going abroad? Your company is proposing you an international assignment? You are excited about the new challenge? I absolutely understand how you feel. Going abroad is an amazing adventure. A new country, a new challenge! So why so many expatriation fail?

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How to organize your expatriation step by step

You do not know how to tackle your expatriation project and you need assistance regarding the preparation and realization?

A well prepared and organized international assignment project is essential. It reduces uncertainty and anxiety for you and your family and helps you to experience a stress-free expatriation. Finally, it allows reaching the main goal: a successful expatriation!

We elaborate a tailor-made and detailed project plan including the different steps (before, during, after) your expatriation.

How to find a job abroad

earth jobsThe decision is clear: you want to go abroad and work abroad definitely, build up a new life in a very different country far away from your home town. But how to find a job abroad? In this article you find tips about how to find a job abroad.


You know the country and people habits and culture of your desired country, you already know where you want to go, the only thing missing is a job so that your dream can actually become a reality.
The same is true of course if you accompany your partner, who has been sent on expatriation. You do not want to sit there on the couch, but also be professionally active.

Well, how to find a job abroad?

First of all, you should check your qualifications:

  • Is there a place for your skills and your competences in the country? Or maybe you have to get further training? For instance on language skills. Find out whether you can, for example, do an intensive language course.
  • What is the economic situation? Which profiles are demanded in the country?
  • Should you apply only once you arrived in the country or would it be better to send your applications in advance?

There are many organizations that offer help on these topics. These are, for example, Internet forums where global mobility professionals or expats already share their experiences, but also local job agencies might provide initial guidance and advice, sometimes even financial support.

Keys when you prepare your application file for finding a job abroad

When you prepare your application file you should adapt to local requirements. Each country has its own rules and preferences, regarding the length and overall design of the CV and motivation letter (with or without photo, concise or detailed, one page or more pages)
Once you have your CV and motivation letter ready, you can start the search. The easiest is to apply to offers on the internet on global job markets or local newspapers, employment agencies or recruiters. You can also buy company lists at the chambers of commerce.

Also contact companies directly you would like to work for and ask them if they have got any jobs available in your field: consider country specific requirements for your application.
The latest local networks are also extremely valuable, which can be expat networks or colleagues or the employer of your partner, or simply the local sports club. Never underestimate social networks on the Internet, such as Xing, Viadeo, LinkedIn and Facebook. Networks shorten and facilitate many ways! Ultimately the job in your dreamland is always a matter of luck, but – and this is before anything else – of patience and confidence. Stay in control even during long dry spells in mind: You have a dream and therefore the motivation is for potential employers at least as important as a professional qualification.

In our article, we gave you essentials questions you would need to look at befor taking a decision. If you are still unsure whether your idea is feasible or not, you can take an expat coach. Even a one- to two-hour conversation with an experienced expatriate coach can help you to clear away doubts.



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School search during your expatriation

Finding a appropriate school during expatriation can be tricky. In this article you find some advice to for searching a school for your kids and pro and cons of local and international school.

Moving to another country as a family means a lot of changes for everyone, especially for the children. In order to make this time of change as easy as possible, it is always a good idea, to start planning the future life of your kids as early and thoroughly as possible. Finding the right school is crucial. This will help your children to get used to the new environment.

We’ve collected the most important points you should consider when searching for a school. First of all and quite obviously, you should think about where you’re gonna live with your family and where to find the next school from your future house.
As soon as you know, which country, region, city is your target, you will have to get all the information available on the schooling system. Normally you get them at the local Town Hall – or online.
The choice of the school might have a certain impact on where you’re gonna move with your family. Once you know, whether you want to live in a city or chose the countryside, you can start your school  search. It’s always recommended to have you school chosen before moving.

Usually there are three schooling-options during Expatriation:

1. The international school
2. The foreign-language-school (e.g. a german oder english school in France)
3. The local school

In the big cities you often have the opportunity to send your kids to an international school. This option is especially advantageous, when only moving for a limited period of time, as children will have contact with a educational system that is similar to that in their country of origin. However, costs for these schools might be considerably high, but sometimes your employer will step in for you and take at least some of the costs.

Secondly, you have schools in your mother tongue. There your child will be educated largely in its own language. Also, the educational system of the school might be similar to identical to that of your country of origin.
A local school offers the advantage of getting into close contact with the culture of your new home country. A second language will be easily learned by your child and the costs of education are normally lower than at international schools, at least as long as you don’t choose a private school.

The choice of your school might largely depends on the time you and your family are going to stay abroad. You might also have to answer certain questions. Will your child (or children) have enough time to learn the new language? Do you want all your children to visit the same school? Do the school cover all ages? What, if not? Which degree do you finally want for your children?
Therefore, the most important thing before moving is to get all the necessary information on schools and the educational system in your destinatary country. Talk to other expats and expat parents, before making your choice, make up your mind.
Below you find an short overview of the different schools in Germany, USA, England and France.

Nursery Schools / Kindergartens
Primary School
Junior School
École Primaire
Middle School
High School
Senior School

© ZenExpat’ Publications 2012