FIND YOUR WAY
Personal development for expats and people in relocation
Tropism describes the growth or change in direction of a biological organism, usually a plant, in response to an environmental stimulus. Migration or relocation brings us all to the point where we undergo a similar process.
HOW CAN I HELP?
You might be thinking about relocation, have recently moved or already live in a new environment for several years.
The sheer amount of information is overwhelming. You don’t know where to start and how to process all this information. There are so many questions – but who do you ask? You want to know what happens when you leave your home country to follow your partner.
You dream big. You see endless possibilities, you want to travel, you're excited to meet different people and make new friends. There's also the thrill of a break from your normal routine. There's the freedom to start something new.
Then you arrive and the big dream explodes… What happens when you arrive and realise that things are not quite what you expected? Everything is so different; it can be cold and unwelcoming. You miss your family, your friends and your country of origin. You yearn for the simple, familiar markers in life, like choosing the right ingredients for your favourite home meals. There are so many things to learn and you don’t know where to start…
What is required to integrate into foreign surroundings? How do you negotiate the unfamiliar but essential social codes? Relocation can be a very exciting period of your life. There is so much you can accomplish in this novel situation. Knowing where you are heading reduces the amount of stress and helps you cope with the inevitable challenges. You'll be secure in the knowledge that you have the resources to thrive, keeping you in better physical and mental health.
I am here to guide you in your journey
In addition to lectures, I consult privately or in small groups via workshops.
In my workshops and lectures we learn about the process of integration and acculturation, the importance of networks in the process of integration and how to create a meaningful network that will lift you and support you, and more importantly how to make sense of our life so to be able to flourish in all its aspects, to reduce stress and to manage to live your life to the fullest.
Relocation makes us think that we will have the time to achieve all our dreams... so how come it is not the case? Learn how to manage your time smartly to enable to do all that you wish.
Cultures in between
Entering a new surrounding brings new possibilities. We explore new cultures and really want to take in all they propose. In this workshop we learn how to touch the essence of our culture. What do we take from other cultures and how, and especially how do we create a place of belonging for us and our children.
Body language and gestures
Approaching new people can be very difficult for some of us. Adding to it, cultural barriers can make it even worst. So how do you make new friends within a new cultural framework? What should I know about body language and gestures to make conversations smoother?
Stress reduction among teenagers and students
We live in a period of uncertainty, which can lead to stress, isolation, discouragement and possibly the feeling that it is too much on you…
Sometimes you study for your exams and you feel that you know the material, but when you face the paper you see it all black… you are blocked.
To avoid these situations, I propose 4 workshops of 1.5 hour via Zoom for a maximum of 4 people at a time. We will talk about your feelings and learn to, among others, manage your stress, organise your time and be as efficient as possible, via different simple learning methods.
If you participate in one of the workshops I will accompany you during the exams period, to help you plan your learning period, to talk and to reduce stress if needed. I also give private sessions.
I found my way
As a young woman with a history of relocations and so many thoughts, I felt lost and had no idea how to describe my desires, how to write down my position in life and my life experience.
Thanks to Efrat I did a big step towards understanding my achievements. Efrat helped me to understand my journey and to appreciate myself.
My name is Efrat. I have lived in Belgium for over 20 years and via different aspects of my life such as learning languages, studying, social life and work, I have transformed Belgium into my home.
As an academic, I have spent over 20 years conducting research and interacting with different migrant groups, especially those who are voluntary.
I obtained a PhD degree in the field of migration, identity, identification and integration. My research examines the life of migrants in Brussels and how they make their new place home. My fields of expertise are social networks, identity formation, transnational living, empowerment among migrants, employment and migration and existence at the cultural crossroads.
My interest in this topic is informed by my personal journey. I moved to Belgium with my partner and living as a migrant designated the subject of my PhD. I met other women in similar circumstances and listened to their stories. Together, we found ways to bring them to real happiness and stability during their time away from home.
I studied at Bar Ilan University, Israel, KU Leuven, Belgium and taught at Ghent University, Belgium. After a solid grounding in research, I decided to go into practice, bringing my knowledge and expertise to assist people on their journey.
In order to help migrants fulfil themselves, I give lectures, workshops and conferences on these topics for large and small groups, in addition to coaching before and during migration.
Your scenario is unique. That's why I consult and direct privately, adapting to each journey, maximising your potential and helping you achieve a meaningful life.
Resources concerning my academic work can be found here.