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    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 ... (...)

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    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 ... (...)

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    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 ... (...)

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    This article is about a book published in French, there is no English version of the article (...)

  • Marielle.20/10/2017

    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 ... (...)

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    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 ... (...)

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    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 ... (...)

  • Marielle.16/01/2017

    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 ... (...)

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    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 ... (...)

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    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 ... (...)

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    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 ... (...)

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    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 ... (...)

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    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 ... (...)

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    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 ... (...)

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    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 ... (...)

  • Marielle.18/02/2016

    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 ... (...)

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    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 ... (...)

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    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 ... (...)

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    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 ... (...)

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    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 ... (...)

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    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, ... (...)

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    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. ... (...)

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    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 ... (...)

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    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 ... (...)

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    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 ... (...)

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    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. ... (...)