Tag: Yvonne Lefort

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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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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Volunteering Experience at the Food Bank

Posted on 04/23/13 by Yvonne Lefort
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hen I decided to move to America to be next to my husband, one of my priorities was to get involved in many activities ASAP.  That is when I thought of volunteering for community services, and found out that, fortunately, the Bay Area provides a lot of possibilities and organizations specialized in this matter. So more »

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Being a mom in U.S.

Posted on 02/21/13 by Vatsala Shrivastava
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I still vividly remember the moment that the doctor said “it’s a girl!” Then I was holding my tiny little baby with very confused feeling of amazement, worry and tiredness (of course I stayed up night and spent 12 exhausted hours of laboring). By the time my mom was on the way flying from Korea, more »

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A new home away from home!

Posted on 12/06/12 by Vatsala Shrivastava
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iving a life experience in the States has always been a dream for both my husband and me. However, when the time comes, it’s hard to say goodbye to people you love. It’s hard to put your life in a bag and leave your previous time behind you. But you do it because you keep more »

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Creating a Fulfilling Life in America

Posted on 11/15/12 by Vatsala Shrivastava
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Three months in Berkeley/Albany and I have this feeling of happiness. That is great to feel. My family and I have got a nice start here – this year we have been planning for almost one year back home in Norway. Shortly after we arrived there was an information meeting at CAL for visiting scholars more »

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