Which gift for expat partners, for Christmas ?
gift for expat partners
Christmas is coming, and you don’t know what offer to your love’s one?
Joy of departure, difficulties of integration on arrival
Mary, who followed her husband John to France, is happy with the novelty and discovery:
Everything is beautiful, everything is interesting because it is different and she sees the bright side of things.
Then soon after, this positive outlook changes.
The way of life is completely different from her country of origin, she doesn’t understand it and the attitudes of French (they are strange, those ones!). She is experiencing culture shock!
On top of that, she left her job before moving, so she no longer has her own income, she discovers financial dependence, not to mention the loss of her social status (she is now only « John’s wife »).
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The importance of finding one’s place
All these factors gradually lead to tension in their relationship. In fact, Mary does not feel comfortable in France. John has his colleagues, his « work » evenings, and Mary finds it difficult to meet people.
She spends her time waiting for him.
She has never been dependent like this.
To keep her marriage in balance, Mary sees that she needs to find a job. Having a job will allow her to develop personally and adapt to this new country.
But in Paris, she doesn’t know anyone, she doesn’t know how to look for a job, how to make a French CV…
First, she thinks she has to learn French, it’s probably also a barrier to better understand French !
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Absolutely French the best gift for Christmas!
So Mary discussed it with John at length. John could see that she needed help to get better. So he looked at the options he could offer her:
A « back-to-work » coach ? An outplacement ? A French school? Cultural Visits of Paris ? Workshops to make her CV in French ?
And he finally discovered a French school, which does all these activities in one! In a fun and friendly way and which aims at one thing: that expatriates’ spouses develop their expatriation project to favour dual careers:
Following this discovery, he went to see his company, to discuss it.
To be or not to be… expat partners!
And Mary spent 6 months with Absolutely French ! She joined a group of 5 other expatriate spouses (including two men) from different countries. She played a lot with them, laughed a lot and learned a lot ! Now she speaks French and has found a job, in her field, in Paris. And this job will allow her to continue her career when she returns.
What if you also offered your spouse a career?
To do this, invite him/her to Absolutely Talented on 26th January!
And contact your company right away, because he/she will love it!
So for Christmas, the best gift for expat partners is a career !
Absolutely French is the first French language school dedicated solely to expatriate spouses and expatriates.
Our main mission is to promote dual careers for expatriate couples.
With our fun, friendly and innovative French courses, we guarantee a successful integration!
Want to learn with us? Register an expatriate spouse?
Contact us !
E-mail : email@example.com
Tel : 01 83 73 98 49
Address : 15 rue du Colonel Moll, 75017, Paris
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