Lectures to mitigate daily life and social encounters

Interactive lectures to private groups and small organizations

As a living environment, Brussels is a mix of Belgian and numerous other cultures. When moving into a new environment old friends and family are left behind and social support is often absent. The interpretation of social situations is not as self-evident as it is back home. The learning of local conventions, recreating the social networks and relearning the new styles of communication all take time and resources, and therefore tutoring is recommended. Our training is formulated so that Brussels environment becomes easily familiar both regarding intercultural encounters as well as daily life routines. It is especially designed to facilitate the psychological stress the newcomers face when settling in Brussels.

Prices from 150 eur (excl. VAT).

Training

For employers to offer for their employees

New challenges usually slow down the adaptation in the beginning of the secondment, affecting also the efficiency at work as well as well-being in daily life. We can offer a compact and specific package of knowledge that facilitates the difficulties in the beginning. Our expertise is based on both scientific studies and practical expertise. We offer specific and comprehensive knowledge of components of adaptation. For example, flexibility and tolerance of ambiguity are essential components of adaptation in Brussels. Our training covers, in a practical manner, these and other components of adaptation needed in Brussels. In our training the local conventions and styles in everyday social encounters become familiar. This enables the expatriate to concentrate with full attention to work and avoid misinterpretations, which are common when entering a multicultural environment.

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Coaching

In every country, expatriate needs to learn new codes of behaviour and ways of understanding the environment, regardless of the country of origin and that of the new residence. In order to be able to work efficiently and adapt smoothly one needs basic knowledge of the local conventions and cultural codes. This knowledge enables a person to review one´s own codes of behaviour and ways of thinking. In coaching we open the gate to understanding the local society and its functioning. The cultural variations in Brussels are introduced with concrete examples.

The secondments may become interrupted for several reasons. Among the most common ones is the inability of the spouse to adapt. We offer the training also to the spouses, thus facilitating the adaptation of the whole family.

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Practical knowledge

Additionally, we offer practical knowledge on following issues:

  • • Local customs, cultural variations, time as a relative concept
  • • Housing and living: Information package mainly for tenants, covering also more general practical matters such as rules concerning households
  • • Health care: basic info on local practices
  • • The importance of finding the social circles and social support
  • • The adaptation of the family, some tips when moving with children
  • Each package includes practical information most commonly unknown to new arrivals.

     

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