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 We are here to help you succeed across cultures.  Our core competency is expatriate and cross-cultural coaching and training – and our approach is rooted in innovation. 

ButtonWe were the first to create an online Academy for Expatriate and Cross-Cultural Education by putting together a cooperative of trainers around the world.  Our trainers intimately know their countries – and our trainers know what it’s like to be an expat or an international business leader.  At the center of all of our courses is Culture Mastery 4 C’s Process™ -- the only program that teaches intercultural competency from a values-centric approach.  Our courses are available 24/7, easy to access, affordable and fun.  They also come in many formats – individual self-study format; in-house facilitation materials for companies/organizations; and facilitation guides for trainers/coaches/consultants.


ButtonWe were the first to combine the disciplines of individual coaching, partnership coaching, NLP, and cross-cultural training to develop a program – Culture Mastery 4 C’s Process™ -- that can help international leaders and teams develop culture-emotion intelligence.  The program is available in several formats – as a downloadable self-study guide; a facilitation process for a trainer; or an individual coaching program for an executive.

 

ButtonWe were the first (and so far as we know, the only ones!) who approach Culture Shock management from a different perspective.  Instead of concentrating on the four/five phases and on advice-giving, we offer a Culture Shock Tool Kit (in English, Spanish, French, and Russian!) that teaches people to manage culture shock in a unique manner.

 

ButtonOur expatriate and cross-cultural coaching services are individual or group-based. We help you find ways to make expatriate lifestyles work for you and we assist you with overcoming frustrations of working and living overseas. Coaching is a unique tool that empowers people to do their best – why not make it work for you when you need it the most as an expat?

 

ButtonOur online Academy for Expatriate and Cross-Cultural Education is also a source of know-how and self-growth programs for expatriates who choose not to go with individual coaching.  We offer materials on Culture Shock (in 4 languages!), on Adjustment, on Repatriation, on 7 Habits of a Happy Expat, and many others.

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The Founder -- Margarita Gokun Silver, MPH, CPCC, PNLPStilts

 

Differences – different people, different places, different things – fascinate me.

 

Routine, other people’s expectations, pre-assigned roles and guidelines – shut me down.

 

I grew up in a closed society where my future was decided for me years before I was born.  Moving abroad tore down all the walls and gave me a chance to explore who I really am and why I am here on this planet.  Since leaving the USSR and making the rest of the world my playground, I’ve …

 

  • Married into a cross-cultural relationship
  • Have been raising a true global nomad who lights up my days
  • Graduated from Yale University
  • Wrote two novels and one screenplay
  • Wrote four bi-lingual children books that are now iPhone and Android Apps
  • Learned to paint in oil and exhibited at the Museum of Art of Ft Lauderdale
  • Lived and worked in seven countries and travelled through 40
  • Learned two languages fluently and two others not so fluently
  • Coached many a client on finding their light
  • Created e-books and courses for expatriates
  • Organized an online Cross-Cultural Academy with courses on many countries created by a cooperative of trainers
  • Moved my family from country to country and planned every single vacation we ever had
  • Started the first and the largest website for healthy and responsible lifestyles in Russia

 

… and I loved and continue to love doing all of those things (and more!).

 

We all have unique talents and disregarded parts of ourselves that are longing to be expressed and explored.   Sometimes moving half way around the world is our cue to begin that exploration.  Abraham Lincoln said “I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have.”

 

You want to discover your light?



Professionally ... I hold a Master of Public Health degree from Yale University and I coach in English, Russian, and Spanish. I have been trained by one of the most prestigious coaching schools in the United States - The Coaches Training Institute - and I hold a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) Certification. I am also an NLP Practitioner.


In writing: I was one of the contributors to the Illuminations: Expressions of the Personal Spiritual Experience along with such writers as Desmond Tutu, Marianne Williamson, Julia Cameron, and others.  

 

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One of my novels -- Looking for Sarah: The story of Survival -- is now available on Kindle.

 

The children's bi-lingual books/apps are all here.

 

And you can see my paintings on Pinterest!

 

Listen to Margarita's interview with Coach Chat Radio about the future of Expat and Cross-Cultural Coaching:

 

Listen to Margarita's interview with ExpatsRadio about Expatriate Coaching:

 

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Listen to the demonstration of How to Manage Culture Shock using Margarita's 3 Steps on the ExpatsRadio radioshow

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