READY TO GET INTO DUTCH CULTURE BUT DON’T KNOW HOW TO ADJUST AND THRIVE?
Our Intercultural Training is a power-packed coaching series and digital training bundle that will immediately impact and enhance the understanding of Dutch culture for you and your family.
42 percent of expats like you are struggling to integrate smoothly at the moment because while they know their value and expertise, they don’t understand Dutch language and Dutch culture. What is even worse, 67 percent of expats fail within the first twelve months.
Most expats who have completed an intercultural training program are struggling, because their trainer didn’t know how to facilitate a training course for the whole family.
In an attempt to solve this problem, there is a large increase in the number of expats who try to succeed by themselves, but who fail due to the lack of quality learning tools and experienced coaches.
THERE ARE SO MANY OPPORTUNITIES FOR EXPATS IN THE NETHERLANDS BUT WHEN THEY TRY TO ADJUST WITHOUT ANY KNOWLEDGE OF HIGH-QUALITY LEARNING TOOLS, THINGS GET WORSE.
MANY FAIL BY NOT UNDERSTANDING DUTCH MANAGEMENT.
A lot of expats without good adjustment to Dutch culture have conflicts with their management. Their career stalls and they are unhappy and unproductive. This must be solved.
AND WHAT ABOUT THE LACK OF TIME FOR THEIR FAMILY DUE TO ADAPTATION CHALLENGES?
Even when expats do thrive in their career, their family seem to have problems. With changing roles and responsibilities, adaptation is really challenging for children and partners due to a lack of training opportunities.
MY NAME IS TINA AND I WAS IN EXACTLY THE SAME BAD SITUATION.
If I’d had the same knowledge and tools at that time, my life as an expat would have been totally different for my family and me.
MY NAME IS ALEX AND I WAS IN EXACTLY THE SAME BAD SITUATION.
If I’d had the same knowledge and tools at that time, my expat adventure as a student and young professional would have been totally different.
Through 10+ years of research, we developed the perfect solution that will have a long-lasting impact on you as an expat …
I AM TINA AND THIS IS MY STORY
I AM ALEX AND THIS IS MY STORY
I was born in Germany. I finished school, studied and then decided to move to The Netherlands to follow my passion and study Jazz singing. As a student, I didn’t have a coach nor learning tools to help me get over culture shock and adaptation problems. As a consequence, I moved back to Germany after a year.
I finished my Master’s in Germany and got a job offer in Amsterdam. Being skeptical, I hesitated. The last adventure did not go as planned. I would not be me if I let that opportunity pass, so I decided to move again. After a year I had the opportunity to do a Ph.D. in Germany. When I moved back to Germany after a year, something utterly unexpected happened to me: I was homesick and wanted to move back to The Netherlands. I had a difficult couple of months, trying to adjust to life back home.
My a-ha moment, when I finally understood why so many people struggle with life abroad was when I was when I started working in the intercultural field. Many expats struggle with the adaptation process. Adapting to a new culture takes time and effort, but it is well worth it, if people have ongoing support.
In the last decade, my passion for how people learn, perceive, and think about the world around them led me to develop an intercultural training program that is based on rock solid scientific concepts on the one hand, and practical approaches that have reached broad consensus in the intercultural field on the other hand. For me, the best thing in the world is to see how what we at Bilingual Solutions do adds value to the lives of our clients and helps them and their families to safely settle into a new environment.
I am Mechthild, and this is my story.
I was born in Germany and grew up in the Ruhrgebiet, the former industrial heart of North-Rhine Westfalia. I began my studies in Bochum and later moved to study at a university in Southern Germany to focus on Latin America Studies. During this phase, I had the idea to move to South America after graduating. I decided to move to Argentina first. Later I lived and worked in Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, and Mexico. I quickly realized that business life was really different from what I had experienced in Germany. Often, I was astonished by what I experienced in daily life. Unfortunately, I had to figure it all out by myself. At that time, there was no one whom I could ask. I did not have a coach for reflection on intercultural issues and challenges.
After returning to Germany, I made a decision. I wanted to support others who were about to move to South America for business, so they would not have to face these challenges. I knew that I had to integrate the perspective of the companies and employers because my focus was on business collaboration. This is why I decided to move on and become a certified intercultural trainer and coach, organizational development specialist, and business coach.
In more than 20 years in business, I have constantly seen, how important it is for expats to have the opportunity to reflect upon their own and other’s behavior and thoughts. At the same time, I saw the challenge in facilitating these learning and reflection processes in a one- or two-day training session. Being able to reflect is one aspect, but being able to adjust and broaden one’s communication strategies and behavioral repertoire is a totally different endeavor.
As an intercultural trainer and coach, and as a facilitator in organizational development, a blended learning approach for intercultural training is a huge advantage for me and my learners.
Blended Learning, Microlearning, and Face-To-Face Training – The Perfect Mix!
Before you start your intercultural journey, you will take our Intercultural Assessment, in short ICABS© which assesses your intercultural communication skills. You will receive an individual report and a debriefing session with your trainer, who will then on-board you to the following elements of the program.
Intake ICABS© to assess your intercultural sensitivity and communication apprehension
14 hours of self-paced online learning (7 Modules)
Microlearning via the user-friendly OTTOLEARN™ App
Up to 16 hours of Face-to-Face training (2 consecutive days)
Coaching on demand during the first 6-12 months
Culture Shock Profile to monitor the course of a culture shock
Coming Home: Reintegration after returning to your home country
Our program has 7 Modules to cover various intercultural topics:
Module 01: Plan the Journey Ahead
Module 02: Getting on the Way
Module 03: Set Your Sails
Module 04: Halfway There
Module 05: Stepping Stones: Looking Back and Looking Ahead
Module 06: Shifting Gears – Advanced Intercultural Communication Skills
Module 07: In the Fast Lane – Communication at work
After completing the training program, you have the opportunity to take on-demand coaching sessions according to the training package you chose. In the premium versions, you have the opportunity to take a culture shock assessment at specific points of the program, as well as retake ICABS after a year to document your intercultural competency development.
This way we make sure that you receive the best support through training, coaching, and the online parts of the program.
Our support does not end after you return to your native culture. We offer repatriation training (coming home) to help you settle back in.
THIS IS WHAT YOU GET FROM US
OVERVIEW OF ALL COMPONENTS
Debrief & Development Plan
Coaching on Demand
CULTURE SHOCK PROFILE
Award winning innovative training Solutions
LEADING SPECIALISTS IN EDUCATIONAL PLATFORM DEVELOPMENT 2019
MOST INNOVATIVE IN EDUCATION & TRAINING SOLUTIONS 2019/20! ISTUDY AWARD
HERE ARE SOME EXTRA BONUSES!
Access to our Expat Hub in the Netherlands
We have formed strategic partnerships with experts in tax and accounting, real estate, a coach for female entrepreneurs, a language school for professionals, and an online marketing expert. Our partners will be an invaluable source for you as you further your career and or your own business. Of course, you will have access to our network of intercultural business coaches and trainers, who will support you and your partner or family on demand.
Access to our accountant for tax-related questions
The Dutch tax system can be quite complicated and filing your taxes can be a royal pain. Do not worry, we do have an excellent tax advisor who is happy to help. We have been working with Richenel for the past ten years, and are happy to refer you to him.
Access to our network of Language Trainers in the Netherlands
Our partner Dutch in Dialogue is a language school based close to Arnhem. We have formed a partnership to combine language training and intercultural training in the best possible way. To guarantee for a smooth training process with the highest quality possible, we recommend that you follow the intercultural training program in parallel to your language course.
Access to our network of Business coaches for entrepreneurs
Our partner Monique has ten years of expat experience and 25+ years of experience in coaching and consulting. As a psychologist, she can also help you to navigate through challenging situations that you might encounter while dividing your time between family and starting your own business.
With our network of experienced business coaches, you will be able to master the most difficult negotiations, pitches, presentations, and leadership situations you might encounter in international business.
TRAINING PACKAGES FOR INDIVIDUALS - YOUNG PROFESSIONALS - FAMILIES
(All Prices include VAT)
Backpacker4 Months Subscription
- ✓ ICABS© including report and debrief by the Trainer
- ✓ Elearning (16 hours)
- ✓ Microlearning
- Face to Face / Virtual Training
- Coaching Sessions
Global Citizen12 Months Subscription
- ✓ ICABS© including report and debrief by the Trainer
- ✓ Elearning (16 hours)
- ✓ Microlearning
- ✓ Face to Face / Virtual Training (16 hours)
- ✓ Coaching Sessions (8 á 75 min)
ICT Kids* 12 Months Subscription for the whole family
- ✓ Training modules for children, or children with their parents respectively, plus tips for parents
- ✓ Age groups 0-3, 3-5, 5-9, 9-12
- ✓ Elearning Content for Kids (Worksheets, Games, Puzzles, etc)
- ✓ Coaching Sessions per family (4 á 45 min)