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Holistic intercultural preparation

Working in a foreign country is a challenge that involves a lot of effort both to familiarize yourself with the customs and culture of the new country and for the opportunity to assume more important and responsible roles in your professional career.


Culture shock, or even problems with support, uncertainty, etc. can directly affect personal efficiency. Therefore, for this purpose the project aims to find out what components an ideal intercultural preparation as well as integration program for companies should contain.


We have to keep in mind that generally, the need to be prepared for international exchanges is restricted to those who will go abroad. But a decisive role for a successful exchange program is played by the mobility partner, that is, the training of instructors or those personnel who work with foreign employees is necessary.

The combination of these two target groups allows for a general preparation of all parties involved in mobility programmes: from foreign participants to companies and their workers.

For this reason, we carried out a series of actions to achieve the objective of the project, among which are five transnational meetings between members of the association during the 21-month duration of the project (10/16/2019-07/15/2021). Most of these meetings, due to the COVID-19 crisis and the existing mobility restrictions, were held virtually, in order to achieve the initial objectives set.

In the first step, an investigation and compilation of studies on the early termination of mobility and the main problems experienced by expatriates and trainees in different countries have been carried out. To do this, we reached a consensus on 6 questions that were discussed in the second meeting and with which the main reasons for early termination of mobility have been obtained. This analysis has served to prepare the questionnaires that have been carried out in the second step.

In the second step, the perspectives of the two main groups involved in expatriation processes have been taken into account: companies and employees. Thus, the opinions and experiences of expatriates (who go abroad, who are abroad, those who have already returned) have been collected, as well as from companies that work with expatriates, either sending or receiving workers abroad. .

To collect these opinions, we first conducted a survey for each of the two target groups, obtaining 159 responses from workers and 131 from companies (290 in total). The results are included in the "Survey Analysis" document that is available for download.

After this activity, an interview was carried out with the companies to find out their point of view in more detail, with 72 interviews carried out.  This interview focused on three main questions to analyze the situation of professional mobility processes. The main conclusions reached with these interviews are collected in the document "Analysis of the interviews", also available for download.

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Center IFAPME Liége-Huy-Verviers ASBL


International Training Center


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