Sunday, July 31, 2011

Expat Women August Home Page 2011

Hi Everyone, I hope you are enjoying (or enjoyed) a lovely weekend! Please take a few minutes to read, enjoy, share and tweet about our new August home page features below. Thanks so much and I wish you a wonderful week! Andrea

Success Story
Aurélie Gilles
Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)

Aurélie Gilles has defied many odds in her short lifetime. She is one of the 12 percent of Haitian youth who have completed high school, one of the 1.3 percent of Haitians who have completed a college degree, and she graduated from the Université de Pantheon-Sorbonne with honors whilst battling cancer. After completing a double master's degree and internship with the United Nations Development Programme, Aurélie now works with the Inter-American Development Bank to restructure Haiti and improve children's education...
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Business Idea
Olive Kebab and Café
Elena Karoumpi

When Greek expat Elena Karoumpi left her career in the hospitality industry in London and relocated to Bangkok, Thailand in 1997, she loved the city's wide array of international cuisine, but wished the city offered her favorite food – Greek. Four years later she introduced Olive Kebab and Café to Thailand's gourmet industry. Olive can now be found at three retail centers and two stand-alone restaurants around the city. Under the Olive brand, Elena and her business partner also operate a supermarket deli corner, and offer home delivery options, plus event catering...
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Author Interview
Big in China: My Unlikely Adventures Raising a Family, Playing the Blues, and Becoming a Star in Beijing
Alan Paul

Suburban dad Alan Paul was supposed to be moving to China for his wife's once-in-a-lifetime adventure - she had been offered the job of Wall Street Journal China Bureau Chief. He ended up with an amazing adventure of his own, co-founding a Chinese blues band, becoming an award-winning columnist, creating a press identity as the Panda Dad (as opposed to the Tiger Mom), and already selling his memoir's film rights to Ivan Reitman and Tom Pollock's Montecito Pictures...
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Expat Confession
Raising Bilingual Children
Extract from Expat Women: Confessions

Our family is British and about to move to Brazil. One of my major concerns about our move is that none of us speak Portuguese. I worry about how our children will cope. Other people have told me that children are fast learners when it comes to language and it will all work out once I get there, but will it? I have no idea how to raise bilingual children and I question how much time I should invest in raising them bilingually, when they might forget it all when we leave...
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Expat Marriages
How To Help Your Marriage Thrive Instead Of (Barely) Survive While Living Abroad
Dhyan Summers MA, Licensed Psychotherapist

Sam and Susan fall into fairly typical patterns of "naming and blaming". Neither of them are taking responsibility for their own feelings and Needs. Instead, they are blaming their spouse. They are making demands instead of requests which only further alienates their partner. Jennifer and Richard, on the other hand, have learned Nonviolent Communication, or as I prefer to call it, the Compassionate Communication model of conflict resolution...
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