10 episodes

Have you ever wondered where you belong? Did you struggle to fit in at some point in your life? Do you feel the call of the outside world? In this podcast you will hear stories of people who moved to a different place. Expats, migrants, refugees, everyone has his own story but by sharing it we discover how much we have in common and how deeply human we are.

Perfect Strangers Valerie

    • Personal Journals

Have you ever wondered where you belong? Did you struggle to fit in at some point in your life? Do you feel the call of the outside world? In this podcast you will hear stories of people who moved to a different place. Expats, migrants, refugees, everyone has his own story but by sharing it we discover how much we have in common and how deeply human we are.

    Bonnie adventurous life began when she was 16

    Bonnie adventurous life began when she was 16

    Bonnie experienced cultural differences for the first time when she was a 16 year old exchange student. Austria after WWII was very different from New-York and it was only the beginning of rich life experiences abroad. She worked in different countries, languages, jobs, married three times and now looks back on her life with a smile.

    • 34 min
    Rene is a Latino who arrived illegally to the US when he was very young.

    Rene is a Latino who arrived illegally to the US when he was very young.

    Rene fleed from Guatemala with his parents when he was a toddler. They were refugees in Canada and entered illegally in the US. His father was later caught by immigration services and sent to prison. He speaks about his experience in the US as a Latino.

    • 21 min
    My dad American Dream

    My dad American Dream

    My dad became an orphan when he was 10, began to work when he was 13 and met American tourists through his job in an hotel in Florence, Italy. The more he learned the more he wanted to move to the United States. Listen to his journey to get there and his love for cultural diversity.

    • 21 min
    Kiana is a Third Culture Kid, listen to her for the inside story

    Kiana is a Third Culture Kid, listen to her for the inside story

    Kiana is a third Culture kid, growing up in different countries none of which the country of origin from her parents. She doesn't belong completely somewhere and she feels home when she is with other international kids like her. She has learned to adapt and be resilient, taking the positive parts of each culture. She shares her experience from childhood to today as a college student in the US.

    • 30 min
    Felix experienced a big culture shock when he arrived in the US

    Felix experienced a big culture shock when he arrived in the US

    Felix tells us about his childhood with deaf parents in central Switzerland, his travels to work and learn languages while still in high school, his journey to South America during his gap year and how it helped him choose his field of study, his culture shock when he arrived in the US and everything he learned along the way.

    • 31 min
    How does moving change us? Why do we need to belong? Ever experienced reverse cultural shock?

    How does moving change us? Why do we need to belong? Ever experienced reverse cultural shock?

    Alison has a rich professional and personal experience of moving to new places, how it changes us, what it triggers, how to adapt, and why we experience reverse cultural shock. She shares what she has learned through coaching both expatriates and Americans coming home, and personally living in different countries. She offers us very insightful observations.

    • 37 min

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Valerie’s part friend, part student, part interviewer. Brings out the humor, the tragedy, the mundane of the story. Great work! Health Hats

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