This is the very last time I contribute to Alceis’ blog, and I would like to be a bit more personal, suggesting to read an e-book published in 2012 by my friend, Professor Susan Winnett, Writing Back: American Expatriates' Narratives of Return (The Johns Hopkins University Press- Baltimore). Susan has done me the honor of quoting my name among the persons who “supported this project more than they can imagine”. This book is about “The migration of American artists ... (...)
This month Alceis wanted to have a look at the situation of expatriate teachers. We often meet expatriates teachers in France, in our middle schools and high schools. However, they are also very numerous in French alliances, organisations, institutes, universities, bilingual high schools or embassies around the world. Why do they leave France? How did they manage to integrate? What qualifications did they need to go? Here they tell us everything.
Why do teachers leave ?
To be pragmatic, we ... (...)
Management is a subject being constantly renewed within companies. Today’s managers are being asked not only to know how to communicate, to listen, to make sense, to organize workplaces to improve the employees’ well-being and productivity, but also how to set up positive and trusting relationships between all team members, and more widely between all employees.
Each culture gives us a different insight into working relations. Taking a look at management practices ... (...)
Who are they?
The grand opening of Station F in Paris took place on June 27th of this year. Construction began in June 2017 following Xavier Niel's initiative. With its 34 000 square meters and more than 3 000 workstations it is the biggest incubator of the world. We met a multitude of dynamic and various start-ups there! Among them were FlyScribe and Tolktoo, both established by thirty-year-old ambitious persons surfing on the BtoC wave.
Maxime, co-founder and CMO (Chief ... (...)
Studying abroad : a dream.
Many students take the leap and succeed in finding enough money and courage to go to the country they dream of. Still hesitant ? Lets shed light on three key aspects of studying abroad through the story of five students. So what kind of adventures have students had to face in their new country ?
To expatriate oneself, the administrative side of the iceberg
Victor is an Egyptian young man. Now 21 years-old, he arrived in France at 18 to ... (...)
It is spring time, seasonal renewal. During this period another sort of renewal operates. Spring also marks the renewal among expatriates: it is departure time.
First departure abroad or returning to France, or even changing mission location, all these departures share a common point: the stage of the move.
Those who have already experienced some of them are able to foresee the fatigue, both physical and emotional, stress and excitement caused by this important gap time.
But moving is ... (...)
Created in the US a decade ago, the Lumina Spark provides an individualized psychometric profile, so called Portrait, based on the big Five paradigm and the Jungian personality theory.
This Portrait provides a framework for better self-understanding and helps people identify how to improve their working relationships with others and all the more to elaborate personal development goals to work on.
A question could be: “why do we need a new tool!” and that’s relevant, ... (...)
Early bilinguism favors adaption skills and cognitive aptitudes. The psycholinguist Ranka Bijeljac-Babic, member of the Laboratoire de psychologie de la perception de Paris-Descartes, and author of L’enfant Bilingue, she studies early bilinguism.
Many recent studies state the advantages of bilinguism on the cognitive development of the children. Ranka Bijeljac-Babic highlights how enriching is a double culture, as early as possible. She insists that this bilinguism is not only ... (...)
Mark, a non EU-citizen, received on March 13 his Visa but is bothered by a small problem.
The note included in his Passport states that he cannot leave France until he gets his Residence Card. However he needs to travel to a EU state (Schengen area) in May 2018 for a business trip and to his home country in July 2018 for Work and Holiday.
What should he do? He would like to apply for his Visa to the EU state before March 20, 2018.
What does the immigration expert answer?
Well, right ... (...)
This year marks the 10th birthday of Alceis. We are proud to have served our clients and their co-workers.
Ten years, hundreds of relocations, assisting impatriates and expatriates during their international transition, so many coachings of French leaving their home country or coming back to France, spouses finding their path in a new country and a host of other services aimed at helping small and middle size companies as well as global companies. We also developed collective accompanying in ... (...)
We are proud to announce that our new website is now on-line. We invite you to discover our services, our news, and much more!
The new website has the characteristics wanted by the users, easy to consult on your mobile phone or digital tablet.
A website built to facilitate your navigation !
In English and French versions, it presents the two main aspects of our activities and services, international mobility/relocation and coaching, as well as our team of experts and consultants, and ... (...)
At the time of the globalization, living in another country is almost a routine. However, leaving one’s home country is not harmless.
Heimweh, or nostalgia as it was initially called, was invented by a student, Johannes Hofer with his doctoral thesis «Nostalgia, oder Heimweh » (1668). During the XVIIIth and XIXth centuries, medical officers noticed that soldiers suffered from nostalgia, missing their home country.
An article was published in the French revue ... (...)
The Association of Women Magistrates (AWM) of Côte d’Ivoire was founded in April 2016 with the active support of ProJustice.
On December 16, 2017 ProJustice organized a seminar on institutional mentoring for the AWM prior to the Association Annual General Assembly.
The consultancy consisted in assisting the ProJustice team in preparing the seminar, providing expertise and facilitation on mentoring during the seminar: presentation and workshops to introduce mentoring ... (...)
Isabelle has been Trainer Manager for Nuxe in Dubai for two years. We interviewed her during our annual visit to Dubai aiming to meet our local partners.
Isabelle, you are a woman, and expatriate for a French company; could you share your first professional feelings?
It is essential to adapt to the local way of working, without trying to use our European standards. For instance, you won’t find here the same rigor than in France- however, Emiratis praise our rigor and our knowledge. ... (...)
Nowadays, in a fast-changing world and constant movement, more and more people have to work or study abroad. Before the departure, many questions may emerge and sometimes transform this wish and desire of adventure in real source of stress (how will I manage the cultural differences, new relationship between people, the language barrier...)
Contrary to popular belief, stress is not systematically negative, because it can sometimes be a good source of motivation to realize our projects. Some ... (...)
In January 2000, we decided to move abroad with Aliénor, our little 9-month old girl, to go to New York City. NYC, because Philippe's company offered him a job opportunity there. We still remember saying to one of our brother/brother-in-law: "if we ever start enjoying America, come right away and bring us back." He must have forgotten about it or else he does not really want us back!
January 2015. We are still in NYC, living in Park Slope no longer with one but with now four kids aged ... (...)
When last August it was confirmed that we will become expatriates in Spain we thought that everything will be very simple for us. We already lived in England for 2 years and my husband is a bilingual speaker (French and Spanish) : no matter the problems we will have to face ! However we should have known that being an expatriate is a new adventure in itself and we should have been aware of the fact that Spanish Civil Service (as well as in France) could sometimes be a ... (...)
The association XMC Consult held a breakfast of which the theme was the role of our image and where I had the honor to speak. A company’s image, personal branding and e-reputation are all central preoccupations for members of a consultants association, as well as those who have recruitment companies or job interviews. The image is a genuine asset for those who work on it, but a burden for those who choose to neglect it.
Everything happens in the first few minutes. The importance of ... (...)
“I wonder why I did not divorce. Traditionalism (I come from a family where divorce is taboo)? Tenacity (I don’t admit failure)?”: these words were expressed by an expat’s wife answering our survey “expatriate’s partner”. If divorce rate regularly increases everywhere, expatriate couples divorce more often than sedentary couples. The Telegraph, a British newspaper, stated 445 Dubai foreign couples living in Dubai ended their marriages in 2011—a 30 ... (...)
Expatriate families usually move in summer. They even sometimes come back home! Companies do not pay the same attention to the end of the expatriation, compared to a departure abroad. This is just acknowledging the facts, especially when listening to expats. The company changed, organizations are different, former experiences do not interest new colleagues.
Coming back home should be anticipated. If the end of the professional contract is the first cause of the end of expatriation, in 60% of ... (...)
When expatriates were sailing to China
How was expatriation in the past? I mean, at the beginning of the XXth century, when “expatriates” did not have this name, when most of those sent abroad were diplomats? The Ginger Tree by Oswald Wynd gives a good idea. This summer, we suggest a time and space travel thanks to literature. First of all, if expatriation is not always simple today, it was just frightening a century ago: Europeans in Asia were threatened by sickness, waited news ... (...)
If expatriation often makes people dream and is usually a great opportunity for personal growth, it is not uncommon that it raises difficulties for spouse faced with uncertainty about his professional future and change of status. Indeed, in the current context where both spouses work, whoever resigns from his own job to follow the other is confronted with questions about his repositioning opportunities, his employability or his professional identity.
A major success factor of expatriation is ... (...)
16% of French engineers work outside of France
The IESF survey (Ingenieurs et Scientifiques de France) dedicates one page to international careers. This may seem quite little in the light of the number of French engineer expats. According to this survey, 120 000 engineers, that is 16% of French engineers, work outside of France. Half of these are in Europe, Switzerland now stealing the US’s first place, in the midst of growing Asian attractiveness. 87% of these scientists believe ... (...)
It’s another very warm August afternoon; I am in the RER A train heading to Paris when I receive a Wechat message from my friend O. He helped my daughter find an internship in Shanghai and is hosting her for the summer. As I look down to my phone, I smile at a picture of “the whole family”: his wife, Anne, his three children, and my daughter. We met in 1999, back when we were expatriates in Hamburg. Our children were about the same age… ranging from 0 to 5 at the time. ... (...)
Flow is a brand new magazine in France (the English version was lunched ten months ago). We like it for its covers and illustrations, their pastel colors, and the interesting articles. The French issue #3 (sold out) attracted our attention: How to dare leaving your comfort zone. Sounds familiar to any expatriate, doesn’t it? The narrator starts with an anecdote. She was on holiday in India. She feels OK at the hotel, but as soon as she tries to leave the hotel, she feels ... (...)
French Senator and ex-minister Hélène Conway-Mouret gave in July 2015 her report to Prime minister Manuel Valls. Under the title « Le Retour en France des Français de l’étranger », this parliamentary report shows how diverse situations of French citizens living abroad are, quotes and analyses their main difficulties when they come back home, then finally gives solutions to enhance their situation. Published in the middle of the ... (...)
Jean-Baptiste Audran and Gregory Desbuquois, our partners in Beijing, just settled in brand new – and really impressive- offices. SCOUT Real Estate’s new offices are located in Sanlitun, on the ground floor of the “France-China House” project, a project realized by the SCOUT team for the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in China. An innovating project nominated by the FCCI.
SCOUT assists you at your arrival to Beijing: relocation, administrative steps, ... (...)
Pension benefits may be a real headache for expatriates, especially in case of multiple expatriations. Working abroad has consequences when acquiring and transferring pension rights. They depend on different elements:
The country in which you work: check if the guest country signed a coordination agreement for social security with your own country
Your status during your expatriation: expatriate or detached, and the length of the expatriation
You are expatriate
In this situation, the ... (...)
French are good cooks!
After two years in Thailand, I was punctually aware of little French thinks I missed. Two years ago, if you would have asked me “do you think there is a specifically French culture?”, I would have shrugged my shoulders and answered, without being convinced “French are good cooks”. Two years later, I realized that I missed not only many products but more deeply also habits, or behaviors that were not applicable in Thailand. I couldn’t go to a ... (...)
As most of the world, our team was deeply shocked and saddened by the horrifying events that occurred on Friday evening, November 13, 2015. Everyone here at Alceis Global Nomads would like to express our deepest condolences to all the families and friends of the victims of these senseless attacks. Our thoughts are with all those affected, and with the Parisian community as a whole.
The many messages, the calls, the emails, from family, friends or colleagues alike, were all profoundly ... (...)
Danielle Deffontaines is certified Lumina Practitioner. But what is Lumina?
Created in the United-States a decade ago, the Lumina Spark provides an individualized psychometric profile, so called Portrait, based on the big Five paradigm and the Jungian personality theory.
This Portrait provides a framework for better self-understanding and helps people identify how to improve their working relationships with others and all the more to elaborate personal development goals to work on.
A ... (...)
12,000 French expats are enrolled at the French Consulate in Shanghai, but the number is certainly higher, estimated from 15,000 to 20,000. According to Sylvia, relocation expert, families with children choose a residence keeping in mind the location of the Lycée Français (French School). No-kids families would prefer the center, more precisely a popular touristic destination: the French Concession. Rents are constantly increasing and expatriates have to compromise, choosing a ... (...)
“I have been marketing manager for five year in a growing SME. When I took the job, I was the only person and had to organize, create, structure. As the company was developing fast, the Chairman decided to enrich the team: he hired a marketing director. I didn’t find my role anymore, but didn’t know what to do: “do I want to work longer in marketing?”, “am I competent if the Chairman hired a marketing director and did not give me the job?”, ... (...)
Essential: your bank details
You need a French bank account, whether your company signs the rental contract of your new residence or not. We suggest the name of banks used to welcoming expatriates and having interlocutors speaking your own language, or at least English. We complete your file with you. A document can be problematic: a proof of residence in the country you live before arriving to France. The accepted documents are: a recent bill of electricity, gas, water, or home telephone. You ... (...)
As 2016 just begins, we are happy to announce our partnership with Sotheby’s Realty International Hong Kong. This partnership will give us the possibility to accompany still better our customers in their international mobility.
Sotheby’s Realty International Hong Kong is an acknowledged relocation agency in Hong Kong. Wishing to extend the service we could supply in this area, we were looking for a partner with whom we share common values of liability, quality, and loyalty.
This ... (...)
Defining an expatriation policy is indicative of the company’s development strategy in the HR policy, and avoids increasing costs due to individual packages and insufficient knowledge of social as well as financial costs of an expatriation. Though they increasingly internationalize their activities, SME (Small & Medium-sized Enterprises) do not always have an expatriation management policy. They often prepare a custom-made expatriation project for the first expat assignee that is not ... (...)
Sometimes the reality is stranger than the theory
Corporate immigration in France has a reputation of being complex. Ask any International Mobility Manager from a multi-national with installations on 5 continents, if their global strategy has had to be adapted where France is concerned? But be assured, our beautiful country is not alone in this domain.
In France, we have to deal with a number of different standards, sometimes contradictory: labour and social security laws, international ... (...)
Florence has been living for four years in Zhuhai, China. Before leaving her home country, she attended the “Preparation to expatriation” seminar. She writes a most interesting newsletter –the last issue is already #15- and is kind enough to send it to her coach. Four years of an experience she lives with discovery fever, and a very accurate judgment on her life as an expat.
Everything changes so fast in Zhuhan
We truly appreciate the quality of life in Zhuhai. We live in a ... (...)
One of the biggest worries for any parent choosing to move their family overseas is how will this decision affect their children’s ability to achieve academically. All over the world, a good education is paramount to success, but how can we ensure our children get this when the country we are moving to may not uphold the same values as our native nation would? Pros and contras of an international education are explained in this article published by Expat Child (...)
The stunning importance of well-being and sports
Sydney is a very special city. It is located along two winding estuaries, and a few islands. If you wish to drive from one part of the city to the other, you will need to cross many inlets. As you may have understood, driving a car is the most complicated thing, and it is often simpler and faster to travel by ferry or your own boat moored in one of the many harbours of the city. Sydney is also characterized by a quite anarchic urbanism, with a ... (...)
Relocating to the United States can be a daunting task; learning American administrative procedures (such as opening a bank account) and for a home. In order to alleviate the stresses of relocating the aid of a company experienced in the country and located in it is indispensable. It is in this context that Alceis operates with its US partner. Therefore, the Human Resources Director is a reliable intermediary in the new country, encouraging saving time and money in the mobility management of ... (...)
A relocation is not only a house hunting. There are several steps, from the first contact to the end of the mission, and it can take a few months. A non-UE family with young children should follow the following steps: Immigration, finding the most appropriate school, a new residence, enrollment to French social security.
The immigration process
Ricardo is Mexican, as well as his wife and their two chidren. Anthony, our immigration expert, examines their situation and suggests to his ... (...)
Christine spent several years expatriate in Surrey. She is American and moved back to Chicago recently. Just before leaving England, she posted everyday her feelings on FB. She gently accepted to share these posts on our blog.
7 DAYS UNTIL REPATRIATION
I would like to say that I am Blessed and Lucky. I have loved and hated my expat life in England, but I am honestly sorry to leave it. Today I am in London and am saying goodbye to the City. I have toured, walked, and spent more time here than ... (...)
According to a recent report, France is the second preferred destination after the UK for job seekers in Europe.
The results of the report "Europe on the move" published in April by Indeed Hiring Lab show that job seekers in Europe prefer the UK and France. The reasons are extremely various, and not only linked to economic or professional perspectives. The first reason given by candidates to expatriation is: “getting a personal experience” (65%). “Getting a professional ... (...)
Christine spent several years expatriate in Surrey. She is American and moved back to Chicago recently. Just before leaving England, she posted everyday her feelings on FB. She gently accepted to share these posts on our blog. This month, the last 3 days.
3 DAYS TO REPATRIATION
Sometimes I wonder if we did the right thing by becoming expatriates. It was hard for my family. Third Culture Kids, Trailing Spouse and all that. But I believe a person has about a hundred years to live and we should ... (...)
The AIRINC 2016 Mobility Outlook Survey examines how Mobility is resourcing their function, structuring their policies, and adapting to changing business and talent needs.
The Mobility function is in transition. Responsibilities and priorities are shifting, and Mobility is now expected to act as a business by offering solutions that meet customer demand. For many, these changes represent a great cultural shift, with mobility professionals now being required to bring both a commercial outlook ... (...)
Holidays are over; you are back to your expat sweet home, great, it is September!
1 You can rest… finally!
You visited any single member of your family during the Summer: parents, step-parents, your auntie who always makes a huge carrot cake that you HAVE to eat all up. You caught up with your best friends, you politely told the others that you really have to visit your aging granny. Your Mom asked you 15 times when you would come back from this weird country, because she never sees ... (...)
Having an internet connection in a new residence is now a priority, if not THE priority. Fiber is the most required option. However, if many apartments and even houses are now eligible to fiber, this is not true everywhere in France. The first thing we do is checking by the providers if your residence is eligible. If this is not the case, an ADSL connection is the alternative.
Providers recently change their policy. They send their own technician –usually a subcontractor. This means that ... (...)
In their recent ‘The decline of the traditional expat?’ article ECA looked into the extent to which the traditional expatriate socio-demographic profile and remuneration package had changed over the last 20 years. They found that sending employees to work overseas was more popular than ever before, but that there had also been some significant changes to the demographics of the typical assignee profile.
In this article, they look into the trends that their latest Managing Mobility ... (...)
Did you check your matrimonial system before being expatriate? Private international law is extremely complex and any expatriate couple should be very careful about their matrimonial regime when there is no prenuptial agreement. Transferring abroad the residence of a couple may affect and modify the matrimonial regime. This modification has important consequences on the patrimonial point of view, in case of divorce (which law will apply?) or if one of the partners passes away. The ... (...)
The 9th issue of the worldwide HSBC study “Expat Explorer” is on-line. 26,871 expats coming from 190 countries completed an on-line questionnaire in March and April 2016. This is the most important study, according to the number of questionnaires. They were 22,000 last year.
The study covers three aspects of expats’ life
Their professional life and finances;
quality of life and cultural immersion;
family life and children’s education
Y generation ... (...)
Anyone involved in managing international assignee packages will know that monitoring exchange rates and cost of living is essential since currency movements can have a big impact on the value, or perceived value, of the package you give your expatriates. A cost of living allowance calculated six months ago, for example, may no longer be enough to protect the assignee’s purchasing power if the currency you are paying in has weakened during that period. Conversely, you may be overpaying if ... (...)
Should we stay or should we go ? We can always ask the question. Actually, it is the job (my husband’s job) that decides. We once left Lyon to go to Normandie, then France to China, and we don’t have any idea of our next place. Sometimes, when our relatives are sick, we feel sad t be so far away. However, travelling and quiet life make the distance easier to bear. Life is made of changes and uncertainties, or what I can call opportunities. We just enrolled the girls in ... (...)
The lycée international in Saint-Germain-en-Laye is well known, with its 14 national sections, as well as the Lycée de Sèvres (English and German sections); they both are excellent options for bilingual children. For family living in the South-West of Paris, Buc offers another option.
Section Internationale Anglophone de Buc, from CE2 to Terminale, offers free bilingual education within the French public school system, with a long‐term view to the pupils taking the ... (...)
A EU citizen with a EU driving license settling in France
When a EU citizen settles in France and has a driving license delivered by another European Economic Area (EEA), he may ask to exchange his driving license under conditions. This is not compulsory except if he commit an infraction with a measure of restriction, suspension, or cancelation of the license or if he loses points on his license. The European may drive in France, but if he commits an infraction, he will have to apply ... (...)
After two stays in 1987 and 1990, I am back to Japan for leisure. I discovered one of the most Northern isand of the country, Okinawa, meeting point of Japanese families during the Equinox break. The planes were overbooked, the resorts overcrowded. Like anywhere in Japan, manners, attention to details like arranging the plates, the flowers, and on the other hand a disorder of houses, and buildings with electric wires on the facades. I thought the island would be tropical and isolated, I found ... (...)
In an article published in French on LinkedIn, Yannick Pons, International Project Manager at Areva, is questioning the international experience. Is it a valuable professional experience? Yes, of course, would he answer, but the expatriate also faces many challenges coming back to France.
Difficulties to be understood by the family that stayed in the home country, administrative complications, misunderstanding with the company, often linked with the working organization.
Comments to this ... (...)
This article is based on a radio programme (France Inter, public French Broadcast) from May 5, 2017, Grand Bien vous fasse. In our Western societies, we feel as is time is speeding up. We are hyper connected, and do not have time for ourselves. We also feel that in China, everybody is rushing. According to a French living in Beijing, in Chinese culture, things go extremely fast and extremely slowly. Chinese are able to combine digital and economic speed to taking time for walking or ... (...)
Danielle Deffontaines, co-founder of Alceis is also an accredited coach. The EMCC renewed last month her accreditation as Practitioner Coach. The EMCC (European Mentoring and Coaching Council) is an international association of professional coaches worried of guaranteeing the quality of their expertise. EMCC France put a lot into the elaboration and the dialogue between the various country members for the implementation of an European accreditation. The EIA (European Individual ... (...)
ECA published on its blog an article in August 2017 explaining what is the spendable income. The spendable income is the portion of salary to which the cost of living index is typically applied. The understanding of spendable income helps distinguishing the different costs of living and adapting the expatriate’s income. To read ECA’s article: https://eca-international.com/insights/blog/august-2017/mobility-basics-understanding-spendables.
According to ECA’s Expatriate ... (...)
Sophie arrived to Shanghai in August. She already spent a few years in this city about fifteen years ago; non-working partner, she prepared intensively the departure of the family and noticed how much Shanghai changed since her last stay. This time, she is not with three young children: the two oldest are students in European universities. She started again to study seriously Mandarin, practices gym in the Hua Shan Park (where she is the only Western woman), and enjoys the rich cultural life of ... (...)