Tag: International Spouses

Starting Life Over Again in a Foreign Country

Posted on 11/20/18 by Yvonne Lefort
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By Jolanda Heijnen Jolanda is an international spouse from the Netherlands. She followed her husband who is doing a post-doc at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Before moving to Berkeley, Jolanda worked at one of Europe’s largest steel manufacturers as a Product- and Process Technologist, combining aspects of data science and data analytics. Here she talks about more »

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My Support Group

Posted on 06/09/14 by Yvonne Lefort
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By Ruth Weinhold-Heße Ruth is a journalist and an international spouse from Germany who is currently living in Berkeley while her husband does a post-doc at UC Berkeley. Here she talks about the Friday Morning Coffee, a group for international spouses/partners facilitated by Yvonne Lefort that meets weekly at Caffe Strada in Berkeley. Friday mornings, my mood more »

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Moving Through Transition

Posted on 10/14/13 by Yvonne Lefort
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y work as a career consultant and intercultural trainer brings me into contact with many people in career and life transition. At UC Berkeley, where I have been working as a consultant and teaching a course called “Creating A Fulfilling Life in America,” I have met many international spouses and partners going through intercultural, career more »

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Finding A Job in America: Laura’s Story

Posted on 09/24/13 by Yvonne Lefort
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aura is from Barcelona, Spain and is 37 years old.  She first came to the US with her boyfriend three years ago. When she arrived, she was holding a fellowship that allowed her to work in the communications department at the Advanced Light Source in the Lawrence Berkeley Lab (LBL).  After that, she returned to more »

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Coming to California: An Essay in Seven Parts on the History of this Land: Part 7

Posted on 09/11/13 by Yvonne Lefort
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Based on an interview with Louise Pubols, Senior Curator of History at the Oakland Museum of California, this column narrates the history of California through the personal story of someone who once moved to this area seeking new opportunities, just like we did. — Diana Gadaldi, international spouse of a postdoc at UC Berkeley Episode 7: more »

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Getting a Job in America – A UC Berkeley Spouse from Portugal Shares Her Story

Posted on 05/08/13 by Yvonne Lefort
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Patricia is an international spouse from Portugal who is currently living in Berkeley while her husband does a post-doc at UC Berkeley. In this interview, Patricia talks about getting a job and describes what it has been like for her to work for an American company. Briefly describe who you are, where you’re from, why more »

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Breaking into a new chapter of my life!

Posted on 10/18/12 by Vatsala Shrivastava
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ello Berkeley, my new home. What are you up to? Do you want to be my friend? I see you are confused. Let me introduce myself. My name is Marie and I am from the Czech Republic. Please, do not ask me what I’m doing here, because right now my answer would be that I more »

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