You’re not alone. We’ve been there.

We know how you feel. We know how your partner feels. We know how your kids feel. 

Meet the team: Together we have heaps of experience and knowledge. 

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Colette van Boxtel (NL/NZ)

Born in the Netherlands, Colette is an experienced expatriate who used to work in both South America and European countries before moving to New Zealand when her husband was transferred for work.


Though she finds living overseas “positively addictive,” she agrees that it’s a challenge.

“You need to be a quite adventurous and curious person,” says Colette. “If you don’t like a challenge then it can be difficult.


Afterall, you have to start over again each time: everything from finding a place to finding good bread, to not recognizing brands in the stores, to settling your kids and finding new friends.”

See more of Colette or send her an email:

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Ella Hanzon (NL/CAN)

Ella Hanzon is the co-founder of She is also born in The Netherlands, currently living in Canada where she moved about 10 years ago.

With her Project Management background she is an adamant planner and has experienced that communication is key in order to lead a successful project. Ella is passionate about helping women around the world following their careers abroad.


When she thinks about where will be in 3 years, she will be providing training globally to people and organizations. The outcome of providing excellent training and coaching services will be that the number of women moving abroad, pursuing their dreams, will increase tremendously each year. 

Contact her with any questions at:


Freddy ter Braak (NL)

As a born and bred Dutchie who grew up in Deventer, Freddy has had a successful career in improvement management, with time as a consultant and advisor with international organisations to improve culture, processes and performance of employees. 


As an applied philosopher his focus will be on the relation between individuals and society and the way they are orientating themselves in a complex and fast changing world.

With his knowledge and experience he will be able to help you with your orientation in your new role and career. 


But Freddy's true passion is in traveling and exploring the world. His special interest is the culture and social habits of people in everyday life.  "I love to spend time abroad and live and work within the locals' 

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Rianne van Zalinge (NL /NZ)

Rianne has an MSc in Cultural Anthropology and Sociology, Diploma in Counseling and Coaching, both as a Life coach as well as an intercultural Coach. 

She completed her Master’s research at the University of Amsterdam. Her MSc thesis entitled “Where is Home? Dutch expatriate children return to the Netherlands”focussed on how children form their identity when they move abroad and then re-establish themselves when they return back to Holland. She has a passion for exploring the many issues faced by expatriates and their families when both relocating to foreign locations and also their re-adjustment when the expatriates return ‘home’ after a period of time. 


Due to her highly mobile upbringing, during which Rianne lived in 11 different countries and moved 22 times across 6 continents. She truly sees herself as global citizen. ' I made it my mision in life to help you find happiness and a sense of belonging whether it is in your work or home life'.

Currently, she resides in Christchurch, New Zealand, with her Australian/Greek husband and two sons.

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Gabriela Encina

Gabriela is a licensed psychologist, MSc in Psychology and certified coach, with 15+ years of professional experience.


She provides counseling and coaching, having helped more than 300 expats from all around the world to cope with the challenges that expat life can bring.


Being an expat herself, she can understand what her clients are going through and provide them with the help and guidance they need to live a fulfilling life abroad, regain their confidence and self-esteem, build meaningful relationships and reduce stress and anxiety.


Her approach is mainly through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and aspects of Gestalt and Humanistic Therapy.   She also integrates tools from Coaching and Mentorship.


Gabriela is an advocate of difficult emotions, as all are useful and providers of information, and speaks the truth about the B-Side of Expat Life.






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