My name is Guillemette RONY but I go by Mademoiselle Guiga.
I have been expatriated for studies, for work and also for love for a total of approximately 7 years so far.
Why do I help expats relocate to France?
Why did I decide to help expats relocate to France? Why can I help you with this adventure?
I have lived (more than 6 consecutive months) in 6 different countries. My name is very difficult to pronounce wherever you are from and it is even difficult to remember for French nationals too! I have many different nicknames, but the one I relate to the most is Guiga, mainly used by Brazilians or Mademoiselle Guiga.
If you are here, you might be thinking of coming to France or may have arrived in France already. Whatever the phase you are at if you are loving it or struggling at the moment…
…I can assure you I UNDERSTAND YOU! Because I have experienced it myself!
I have experienced the ups and downs of being an expat
I know the hassle of preparing your relocation and being totally lost in the foreign red tape, not understanding a word of what other people are saying and experiencing a strong culture shock…
My first professional expatriation
After graduating from my MA of Internationals Relations, I found my first job in London, UK in the relocation industry! I had been expatriated as a student in 3 different countries (Ireland, Argentina and Luxembourg) before arriving in London. And I was so delighted to learn how to help other expats to relocate!
I lived in London for 3 years, I fully enjoyed it, and loved it! After 3 those years, I felt that I had reached the end of the London cycle (I will talk more about this in the blog). I had lived and discovered more than I could wish for!
My first expatriation failure
My dream, at the time, was to relocate to Brazil, a country that I had the chance to discover when I was living in Buenos Aires as a student. Straightaway I loved the Brazilian culture, the people, its music, and also all its dance…
I was determined to learn Portuguese and relocate there at the time of the Football World cup and the Olympic Games. For about 2 years, I worked on this project. I even had job interviews in Brazil but it didn’t go through due to immigration difficulties. If you are a non-EU national trying to come to France, you will understand! Then, I decided not to persevere and leave this dream on the side but continued learning as much as I could about this country and its culture. It had become a passion.
Expat life goes on
I decided to move to a warmer country, at least warmer than the UK 😉
And I found a job in Barcelona as a Global Mobility officer in a big multinational. I was assisting expats and their families in all the aspects of their relocation. After 18 months in Barcelona, I felt the need to go back home, at least for a while.
Why did I move back home?
After experiencing daily life in 7 different countries, I felt like an eternal expat and I thought I would never return home, but life happens and we also have different stages and needs in life.
My first niece was born and felt the urge to be close to my family, in Lyon, France.
So I went back but I couldn’t make it as a final decision!
And I can tell you, repatriation (going back home) can sometimes be harder than the initial relocation!
When my friends and family were asking me: « so, is it for good? Are you staying? », I would answer « For now, yes… »
It has now been about 5 years since I repatriated. I worked for 3 years at the University of Lyon, assisting international researchers and PhD students to come to Lyon and then in another international company leading the Global Mobility department.
Why this blog?
Having an extensive personal and about 10 years of professional experience of the expatriation, my wish is now to share my passion and help as many people as possible to come to France!
I want to make your relocation to France a bit easier
and ALL IN ENGLISH (with my French touch)!
Not being a native English speaker, I apologise beforehand for the mistakes I may make, I hope you will still understand my point 😉
I also want to help you understand the French culture, the good and the bad sides. Yes! Nobody is perfect! Even if French people think they can be sometimes… ahaha! Yes, I promise I’m French!