Workshop for the Trailing Spouse: A Portable Identity
You’ve decided to move to another country with your spouse/family – a significant life change that not only brings with it wonderful opportunities and adventure, but also a healthy amount of often overwhelming challenges and even the feeling that you may have lost your identity.
Living in a different culture can be a great opportunity to redefine yourself. However, such a move can result in feelings of shock, disorientation, sadness and stress and requires a specific set of skills to deal with them. How does one effectively keep going during this time of mixed emotions? What do you want to accomplish during your stay? How can you set and reach your goals?
This full-day workshop is designed to answer these questions and give you tips to start your new life in a fulfilled matter
• What is culture shock and how might it affect you?
• How do you turn “loss of identity” into a time of “enrichment”?
• Build comfort and confidence in dealing with German and other cultures
• Making this time away from home work for YOU - not just surviving, but thriving
• A new skill set to apply to present and future challenges in life, both abroad and at home
We look forward to you being a part of this group where you will receive support and empathy, develop “navigation” skills and develop a plan to set and reach goals to get the most out of this time. Whether you are in “the valley of despair” or just looking for ways to grow and develop during this sabbatical from work, you will benefit from this seminar, both now and in the future.
You might think you are the only one going through this, but you are not! Come and do something about it, you are worth it!!
When: March 6, 2013
Where:Fürther Straße 98-100, 90429 Nürnberg
What time: 9:00am – 5:00pm
How much: a special one time introductory rate of only 50€
To register, contact by Feb 22nd: *Rosie Grünberger-Aicher at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mia van der Heijden, originally from the Netherlands, is a trainer, coach and artist. Since 1999 she has lived and worked in several countries including Canada, Germany and China. Besides having her B.A. of Management in Non-profit Organizations and a Marketing and Sales Certificate from Oakville Sheridan College, she also has training in TEFL, Professional Coaching (London) and Intercultural Communication (Shanghai).
Mia is a private and business intercultural trainer/coach and a producer of intercultural programs and works in Europe and in China. Her professional background and personal experience as a “trailing spouse” enables her to give her students the right tools to cooperate with others more effectively in today’s global world.
Rosie Grünberger-Aicher is a certified life-coach and trainer. After working many years as an assistant to a CEO and HR Heads of big companies she did a 4-year training to become a coach and trainer. She has 6 years of experience in this field and has worked with more than 900 clients. She has lived in the USA and has just recently moved from Munich to Nürnberg. This gives her the experience as a trailing spouse in her own country. Her main focus is on working with people who are searching for orientation in their profession or have difficulties in their job or private life. In addition she gives courses on communication skills, team-work, conflict-management, soft-skills as well as stress and burnout-management. The satisfaction and positive feedback she gets in seeing people get new ideas and drive through her trainings and coaching motivates her each day.
Rebecca K. Weber, originally from the U.S., has a B.A. in Pacific Rim Studies from Alaska Pacific University and an M.S. in Linguistics and TESL from Ga. State University. In addition to learning foreign languages and studying oversees, she married a German and has lived as a wife and mother in Germany for the last 12 years. During most of this time she has taught seminars on Intercultural Communication, been a student of and intensive participant in German culture. She has experienced severe “culture shock” and can now look at it from the “other side”.