A new country means new opportunities, this definitely applies when you just moved to the Netherlands. There are lots of opportunities for expats in this internationally oriented country.
The principles of personal development are universal, but we experience that expats have slightly different needs. Therefore we tailored our coaching for expats. We offer expat coaching in different fields, expats generally come to us for career coaching, executive coaching, stress coaching and life coaching. There are several other possibilities, depending on the expat coach of your choice.
Coaching in your language of preference
We understand it if you are not fluent in Dutch (yet) and that you prefer to speak your mother tongue when you talk about personal issues, therefore we offer coaching in 7 languages: Dutch, English, German, French, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese and Hebrew.
Best of both worlds
Our coaches are Dutch citizens, this means that they are experts in dealing with Dutch culture and know the Dutch labour market and working culture. Because of their education and their experience with the expat life, they know exactly how to deal with cultural issues effectively.
The first step towards a smooth transition to living in a new country is the search for a suitable job. We generally spend a great deal of our time at work and it is an important step in building a social network as well.
Process of personal development
Career coaching at GORTcoaching has the purpose of accelerating your career by promoting desirable and sustainable changes. This is achieved through structured and focused conversations and the use of appropriate exercises and coaching techniques. Career coaching is a process of personal development and helps you to get better insights into your qualities and weaker points, personality, motivation and working on your personal development.
You will acquire profound personal insights that are often life-changing. During this process, you can also consider entrepreneurship, use tests or focus more on meaning in your life or career.
For who is career coaching?
Career coaching is for everyone who wants to get more out of their career, has doubts about their current career path, wants to enhance satisfaction or performance at their current job, or wants to land their dream job in the Netherlands.
Moving to a different country always means different customs you have to deal with in personal as well as professional spheres. The habits you learned in your country of origin are usually challenged when you move to another country and this brings new challenges. Misunderstandings can quickly build up and hinder you from working efficiently and communicating effectively. Having the right intercultural competencies increases your opportunities and makes you capable of getting the most out of your expat experience.
Benefits of gaining intercultural competencies
Through training of intercultural competencies you can learn about the differences between your culture and the culture of your new home country. This will enable you to become more aware and to effectively bridge the gaps in order to realize smooth communication and mutual understanding.
Examples of intercultural competencies we distinguish are: awareness, sensitivity, knowledge, effective communication, relationship management, flexibility, stress resistance, patience and adaptability.
Programmes for professionals abroad
Before departing to work abroad for a longer period of time it’s important to be well-prepared. Working in a new cultural environment can bring with it a variety of (unexpected) challenges. Moving abroad and taking on a new job with new colleagues can be hard enough as it is, however it will be even harder when you are unprepared for the cultural differences. You can expect both personal and work-related challenges. Our pre-departure expat coaching optimally prepares you for your work experience abroad and builds on your knowledge of what to expect from the new country.
When you work abroad and you experience personal or work-related problems, it can be comforting to be coached by an expert with a similar cultural background who speaks your language. Over the telephone, via email and Skype, GORTcoaching offers you the possibility to flexibly attend your coaching program from abroad while speaking your own language.
Long distance (abroad) coaching possible
Former expatriate coaches
Adjustable to your specific wishes
What does a coaching program for expats look like?
What does a coaching program look like?
Each coaching program is tailor-made. Together with your coach you will plan your program in line with the specific questions and needs you have. You can select a suitable coach based on the coach his/her personal profile. At the personal profile you can find the background, methods, target groups and specialties of the coach. On the basis of the specific profiles of the coach you can choose a particular expat coach that suits you best. In every region we have several coaches.
The orientation meeting
This conversation serves as an introductory meeting between you and the coach.
You and the coach will discuss:
– What goals you want to achieve and why
– What you want from the coaching program (when is the coaching program successful? What is your ideal situation?)
– Which approach or method fits best for your purpose
At the end of the conversation, you communicate with the coach whether the coach is a good match for you. If this is the case, you are ready to start your coaching program.
The coaching program
During your coaching program, you will work on your goals and competencies through discussions with your coach, reflection exercises and assignments. In consultation, it is also possible to take a test, for example a personality test.
Together with your coach you will:
- Draw up an appropriate plan of action and put it into practice
- Reflect constantly on the goals you set: are you on the right track?
- After each session you will do exercises. The success of a coaching program depends on your own motivation and commitment.
Our coaches use techniques and methods such as Motivational interviewing, RET (Rational Effectiveness Training), Mindfulness, NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming), Solution-Oriented Coaching, ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy) and MMS-motivation management service.
In the last meeting, you and the coach will reflect on the coaching program and the process. Did you achieve your goals? Where are you now and what do you still want to tackle in the future? If desired, you can schedule a follow-up call after a certain time, to get together and discuss how it is going.
“An orientation meeting is always free of charge”
You can find the prices on the profiles of the coaches. The price ranges from 99,- \ 189,- euro per hour depending on the accreditation level of the coach.
Duration of programme
5 to 10 appointments. Personally adjusted by you and your coach.
When to start
Usually it’s possible to start a coaching programma any time, anywhere.
Our USP’s for expat coaching
- Coaching in your language of preference
- Knowledge of the Dutch labour market
- Face-to-face coaching on location, over the telephone, via Skype or E-mail.
- Specialized expat coaches experienced in working and living abroad.
- Due to years of experience, GORTcoaching has become a coaching specialist and works with only the best coaches.
- We offer coaching for Dutch expats abroad, foreign expats in the Netherlands, as well as expat relatives.
- The coaching program is adjusted to your specific wishes.
Our specialized expat coaches
This is Fan: analytical, perspective broadening, solution-oriented
Target group: introverts, managers, expats, intercultural professionals
Coaching specialties: introverts & work, communication, building self-confidence
International experiences: lived/worked in Belgium, China, the Netherlands
Languages: Dutch, Flemish, French, English, Mandarin Chinese (proficient in German)
Location: Amsterdam area
This is Henriëtte: empathic, easy to approach, result driven, aiming for what’s possible.
Target group: higher educated, internationals, professionals, expatriates, independent contractors.
Coaching specialties: career coaching, executive coaching, personal development.
International experiences: worked/lived in Brazil, China, USA, the Netherlands.
Languages: English, Dutch, Brazilian Portuguese.
Location: The Hague, Delft & Leiden area
This is Manon: warm, easy to approach, open minded
Target group: self employed, higher educated, professionals, expatriates
Coaching specialities: career coaching, executive coaching, personal development
International experiences: lived/worked in the United States, the Netherlands
Languages: English, Dutch (proficiency: French, German, Spanish, Hebrew)
Location: The Hague & Leiden area
This is Martine: inspiring, challenging, compassionate, focused.
Target group: expats, trailing partners, (young) professionals, managers.
Coaching specialities: transitions, identity & meaning, professional & personal growth, stress & work-life balance, loss & bereavement. International experiences: United Kingdom, Bosnia, Serbia, Spain, Brazil, Russia, The Netherlands
Languages: Dutch, English, Portuguese, Spanish, German, Bosnian / Serbian
Having difficulty selecting a coach?
Please don’t hesitate to contact us, we’re always happy to help!
Testimonials from our customers:
I am very satisfied with what I got so far from my coaching sessions. If you think: “I am an expat, but I don’t need expat coaching” — like I did, you might still want to consider that someone who is an expat or lived abroad for a while can better understand your needs and worries. A specialised expat coach can help you and your family adjust to the new culture and the new way of life, but is not limited to that. The coaching you get can be on a variety of issues, but it comes from a former expatriate and might be more suitable for you.Dana - Amsterdamian
Talking while you walk in the park, amongst all the greenery, the fresh air, plus the feeling of cadence and flow you are immersed in, and the meditative and relaxing effect of the whole thing! It all seemed ingredients for success. This experience has proved to be a surprisingly valuable gift.
I had never thought of searching the help of a coach before, but having someone at your side helping you to release your potential – in a smoother, more focused and efficient manner – is nothing short of amazing. Especially in those times when all the twists and turns, try-outs and obstacles start getting heavier, making you lose clarity of mind.Ana - Amsterdive