Discover the Framework for a Successful, Rewarding, and Happy Life Overseas…
The Resilient Expat helps internationals to settle, adapt, and thrive when living overseas. Cross-cultural wellbeing support is offered at every stage of the Expat Journey (from pre-posting preparation, to arrival, adaption, and departure) - offering advice, support and, most importantly, continuity along the way.
I'm Kellie Collins - currently living as an Expat in the Netherlands, I recently retrained as a Life Coach after realising the importance of resilience and wellbeing for the international community during the Covid pandemic.
I've lived and worked overseas for 18 years, in 6 different countries, and have many personal experiences of going through life transitions overseas.
I have seen and experienced firsthand how wellbeing support can ease the transition between each stage of the Expat Lifecycle: from Preparation, to Arrival and Adaption, then Departure and I have helped many colleagues from international organisations and their families with these transitions during their overseas adventures.
My aim is to encourage, equip and support international movers with their resilience and wellbeing needs. Imagine having a dedicated personal "Expat Coach" to give you tailored wellbeing guidance and be a constant source of support to ensure your overseas life is as enjoyable as it can be...I'm here to do just that.
I offer support to individuals within the international community - to anyone who has either moved, or is about to move overseas - as well as those repatriating to their home countries.
I offer support to organisations/groups/communities who have members that are going through, or have gone through, international moves.
Delivered through 6 weekly group virtual workshops, we focus on how to understand, identify, plan and prioritise your, and your family's, wellbeing throughout your posting. Being in a group setting has the added benefit of hearing others' experiences and making social connections.
Delivered through two live 1:1 virtual workshops, the workshops will explain, explore and give practical advice on how to adapt your wellbeing focus throughout an overseas posting. The 1:1 setting enables a more tailored approach to your family situation and your specific stage in the Expat Lifecycle.
After completing the workshops, individual 1:1 follow-up sessions are available as a more personal focus. These virtual sessions are tailored to specific wellbeing aims and outcomes, with as many follow-ups as desired.
Tailored wellbeing advice for your international organisation - international schools, Embassies, international orgs etc., available. Offered in-house (if in close proximity to The Netherlands), or on-line.
The Wellbeing Workshops focus on eight elements of cross-culture wellbeing. All these elements contribute to a balanced sense of wellbeing. An explanation of each element is followed by top tips and practice guidance relevant to you.
The focus is tailored to your Workshop - taking into account the specific stages of the posting lifecycle, family situation, and whether you are a "first- or multiple poster", to equip you with the necessary tools to get the most out of your life overseas.
We go through your Wellbeing Action Plan together, so you can take-away areas on which you would like to concentrate - with the aim of improving and preparing your Wellbeing for your life overseas.
The Eight Elements of Cross-Cultural Wellbeing include:
How much do you undertand about your own culture and how it differs to your new culture? We'll explore your cultural intelligence to make your integration easier and quicker! We'll also look at culture shock - at which stage you are now, and what to expect as you go through the following stages of culture shock.
This is the ability to produce positive emotions, moods, thoughts, and feelings, and adapt when confronted with adversity and stressful situations. It describes resilience. You will become more resilient as you have the understanding, advice, and support to see you through the expat life challenges.
We'll look at practical tips that you can use in your new location to develop the important sense of connection - belonging to a community, contributing to society and establishing a support network will be vital in settling in to your new life.
Physical wellbeing is the ability to maintain a healthy quality of life that allows us to get the most out of our daily activities without undue fatigue or physical stress. We'look at what you enjoy and how to ensure you maintain your physical wellbeing in your new transition.
This relates to our sense of life-meaning and purpose. It can include our connection to culture, community, spirituality and/or religiosity and includes beliefs, values, and ethics. When met, spiritual wellbeing will enable you to thrive in your new environment.
Vocational wellbeing is having an occupation that aligns with our skills and values, which challenges us, and gives us a sense of fulfillment. Intellectual wellbeing recognises creative abilities and encourages us to expand our knowledge and skills, through a variety of ways. We'll look at how you can get these in your new surroundings.
Are you on track for a healthy financial future? We'll look at your relationship with your money, to ensure you can feel secure and in control of your finances, both now and in the future. This expat chapter is a good opportunity to re-evaluate your financial plans.
…is about having good health in pleasant, stimulating environments to support wellbeing. It promotes interaction with nature and alsocreating an enjoyable personal environment. We'll exlpore how to set up your new home to ensure it serves you well during your time overseas.