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Expatriation Coaching  with G&L SHIFT 

  • Far from being just a simple geographic move, expatriation represents a real "transplantation" for the expatriate and his/her entourage into an environment that is often completely new to them. A source of multiple opportunities and self-reinvention, expatriation is nonetheless a high-risk period.


  • ​Expatriation’s key word? Adaptation to change! As Heraclitus said, "only change is permanent" and that, as an expatriate, you know it better than anyone! You go through your own adaptation curve, riding a roller coaster from exhilaration, to  putting in place new resources for new projects, through phases of low energy and frustration.

  • In order to support you in this systemic change, we offer you a specific coaching that focuses on your expatriation issues: as a company employee or self-employed worker, with your spouse or as a single person, with your children or as a single parent.

Coaching d'expatriation avec G&L SHIFT 

In a few figures, what is your expatriation experience?

  • 66% of expatriates believe that their professional integration is mainly based on their enthusiasm and personal motivation.

  • During their expatriation, 87% of expatriates have a positive assessment of their expatriation. 85% consider expatriation to be good for their career and 74% have improved their standard of living. 88% would be ready to leave again for a new expatriation.. When they return, 46% still think that the impact on their career has been positive but 40% think that their expatriation is not valued enough and 31% that they suffer a lack of recognition

  • For expatriates:

    • The 3 priorities are married life and family life (61%), professional career (90%) and discovering the host country (66%).

    • The 3 main difficulties in expatriation are cultural difference (36%), language barrier (26%), pace of work (29%) and stress (24%).

  • For spouses:

    • Before expatriation, 80% worked full time, 35% earned as much or more than their spouse. In expatriation: 48% work, 11% are researching, 41% do not work.

    • 71% of spouses who looked for work found it. Their 3 main motivations are the continuity of the CV, having a project of their own, being financially independent.

    • Non-financial reasons outweigh financial reasons.

      • Opportunity to develop skills for the spouse (58% of spouses) - Training & Volunteering too

      • Opportunity to engage in entrepreneurship (32% of spouses)

      • Opportunity to work part time (36% of spouses).

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The 2019 expatriation barometer, Impact of international mobility on the life and career of expatriates

Expat Communication

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Your coach's profile

Sandrine Gelin-Lamrani is a certified coach in interculturality (Leading & Coaching Across Cultures) supporting international mobility for expatriates and their families (Expat Coaching). She will make you benefit from her expatriate experience on 4 continents, in professional configurations and personal contexts that were different each time.

Some of our expatriation coaching tools


Coaching on departure and return from expatriation

  • Life and Expatriation Adaptation curves to become aware of where you are at.

  • The wheel of life to better identify your expectations on expatriation and coaching.

  • A checklist for successful departure / return to expatriation.

Discover our expat coaching packs

  • Take the time to prepare for your departure and the key steps and actions.

  • Better anticipate events and possible difficulties find the appropriate resources to deal with them.

  • Help you listen to the physiological and cognitive signs of developing stress and adopt the right attitude.

  • Make this phase of expatriation a meaningful, positive and exciting moment.

  • Give you the benefit of our expatriate experience on 4 different continents, in professional configurations and personal contexts that are different each time.

  • Offer you a space for reflection, in a situation where your usual points of reference have largely disappeared (your skills, your appetites, the need for the local market). To open up a whole new field of possibilities by setting up permissions and protections.

  • Make your professional project emerge with regard to your background, your personality, your skills, your talents, your priorities, your values, your needs.

  • Implement your professional project in a structured way around approaches and tools adapted to your situation.

  • If you are an expatriate, to allow you to anticipate your next move according to your aspirations

  • If you are a spouse to support you in a situation where (financial) dependence, isolation, your new spouse status are systemic life changes.

  • Develop your ability to adapt and act effectively when facing challenges or different cultural contexts, particularly in a work situation.

  • Help you break a feeling of isolation and stress, due to lack of understanding of the cultural environment.

  • Help you know how to treat people as they would like to be treated and not as you would like to be treated yourself.

  • Understand the cohabitation of different cultures in the same physical space/time and adapt your communication and behavior accordingly.

  • Take the time to prepare for your return by anticipating the key steps and actions to be taken.

  • Better anticipate the reverse “culture shock” that you may experience back “home” and find the appropriate resources to deal with it.

  • Avoid any phase of depression upon return, by managing your own mourning curve.

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