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What is Sojoourn ?


Sojoourn is the modern expat advisor service. We simplify your arrival and your daily life in France and make you discover your new city differently with global-minded people! We make your expat life more human by building community around shared values and welcome experiences. Sojoourn's purpose is to build a welcoming community intentionally built around a shared set of values of integration, discovery, enrichment. When you become a member of Sojoourn you join an international community and the friendly staff take time to know you and your needs and ensure you have everything you need to thrive under Sojoourn.




Which means of payment do you accept?


We only recognize wire transfer payment. We'll offer you all the data you need to make the payment safe. If you do not have a European bank account, additional banking charges may be added to your final invoice. You can use the transfer-wise service to prevent this, which is secure, user-friendly and cheaper than usual bank rates. Please email us at welcome@sojoourn.fr to address other alternatives if you have any doubts or are unable to afford via wire transfer.




When are requests accepted? When are the next available sessions?


Applications are generally available 1 to 2 months in advance. Dates of sessions can be found on our website. Feel free to subscribe to our newsletter to have the information about any future sessions of the French Program.




Can we contribute to the Sojoourn adventure?


With pleasure! Do you like writing, especially on all these topics of personal and professional integration in a new country? Offer us articles or even your experience!
Otherwise, any other proposal (partnership, a spin-off in the region, etc.) is welcome.




How do I become a member?


There are THREE WAYS to join Sojoourn and become part of the #Sojoourn tribe! You can check out our membership options here.




What makes Sojoourn unique?


Sojoourn is the first company of its kind in Lyon and France. Not only we are an international community of like-minded expats, but we also offer the most fun and enriching Welcome Experience for the newcomers in the city. We help you get settled and accompany you from your arrival and throughout your stay with events and personalized services that meet your needs. We foster an environment that creates the greatest opportunities for expats to succeed.




How would you describe the community at Sojoourn?


Sojoourn is premised upon 3 core values – support, community and networking. The community at Sojoourn shares these core values. Our members are curious, passionate, daring, disruptive, bold, ambitious and impressive. They are also incredibly supportive and caring. Sojoourn members want to elevate each other and are continually offering their time and services to one another. Sojoourn members love to meet, connect, and share stories, resources and ideas. It is a powerful network.





French courses

What are the charges?


The price for individuals is 650€ all inclusive (all taxes included: speaker time, materials and rent of the room). For businesses and organizations that want their employee (or their partner) to join the program, a distinct cost may apply. In this case, please contact us at welcome@sojoourn.fr




What are your payment plans? How many installments and its schedule?


Up to 2 installments can be paid for the program. Before the program begins to verify your involvement and at the end of the session.




Is there any economic assistance available?


There are none for now, unfortunately.




What’s the application process to be part of this program?


First complete and send our request form here. You will then receive an email inviting you to a Skype call or 1-on1 session in Lyon for a brief review to ensure that the program is fully aligned with your goals (~ max 30min), address any further particular concerns you may have about the pedagogy and confirm your participation.




Should I pay anything to apply?


Naturally not! The method of applying is free of charge.




Before registering for the program, can I fulfill the teacher?


Yes, it's possible! For expatriates in Lyon who want to enhance their French, we frequently organize free meetings. To join one of our upcoming events, check out our calendar on www.sojoourn.fr or our FB group "Sojoourn Expat Community-Lyon." Meeting the learning team is a wonderful chance.




What if I'm missing a lesson or more?


Before applying to the French program, a comprehensive timetable of meetings is accessible. Please make sure that you are accessible to take full benefit of this course for at least 80 percent of group meetings and activities.




Will I receive a certificate at the end of the program?


Yes! We will offer you a French language certificate of achievement that follows the guidelines of the Common European Framework showing your level and how many hours you have finished effectively. You will be able to show this document, demonstrating your fresh skills.




I prefer to have a French tutor, it's possible?


Yes! You can have the possibility to have face to face 1-on-1 French classes with a French tutor. French classes are to be scheduled with your teacher at a convenient time for both of you. The teacher can come to your office our your home when it is more appropriate for you.




What is the background of the teachers?


All our teachers have international backgrounds and speak more than one language. We work only with teachers who can truly understand what it is to learn a language as an adult, and the challenge that it can involve. Our teachers are experienced and dynamic. We mainly work with teacher-entrepreneurs who love their native language and are willing to share what they know with others. Our teachers love to interact and communicate.




When are requests accepted? When are the next available sessions?


Applications are generally available 1 to 2 months in advance. Dates of sessions can be found on our website. Feel free to subscribe to our newsletter to have the information about any future sessions of the French Program.




Would it be feasible for our impatriate staff and/or their life partner to have a French program on-site?


Of course! We would be happy to share a coffee with join and jointly strategize how to implement a French-like program tailored to the availability of your staff. Feel also to have a look on our dedicated page for businesses to get more information or contact us at welcome@sojoourn.fr




Which means of payment do you accept?


We accept Mastercard, VISA and recognize wire transfer payment. We'll offer you all the data you need to make the payment safe. If you do not have a European bank account, additional banking charges may be added to your final invoice. You can use the transfer-wise service to prevent this, which is secure, user-friendly and cheaper than usual bank rates. Please email us at welcome@sojoourn.fr to address other alternatives if you have any doubts or are unable to afford via credit cards or wire transfer.




Where are the courses going to be?


In Lyon! All classes will take place in selected Lyonnais cafés, accessible by public transport.





Career Pack

Where are the events going to be?


In Lyon! All worskops and meetups will take place in selected Lyonnais cafés, accessible by public transport.




Can I have a trial free of charge?


Of course! You can attend one of our monthly meetings every month. Check out our calendar here.




Would it be feasible for our impatriate staff and/or their life partner to have a French program on-site?


Of course! We would be happy to share a coffee with join and jointly strategize how to implement a French-like program tailored to the availability of your staff. Feel also to have a look on our dedicated page for businesses to get more information or contact us at welcome@sojoourn.fr




What are your payment plans? How many installments and its schedule?


Down-payment of 30% from the date of signing of the contract, then 50% on half-way of the program. The total balance is due at the end of the program.




What’s the application process to be part of this program?


First complete and send our request form here. You will then receive an email inviting you to a Skype call or 1-on1 session in Lyon for a brief review to ensure that the program is fully aligned with your goals (~ max 30min), address any further particular concerns you may have about the pedagogy and confirm your participation.




Should I pay anything to apply?


Naturally not! The method of applying is free of charge.




What are the charges?


The price for individuals is 350€ all inclusive (all taxes included: speaker time, materials and rent of the room). For businesses and organizations that want their employee (or their partner) to join the program, a distinct cost may apply. In this case, please contact us at welcome@sojoourn.fr




Is there any economic assistance available?


There are none for now, unfortunately.




Which means of payment do you accept?


We accept Mastercard, VISA and recognize wire transfer payment. We'll offer you all the data you need to make the payment safe. If you do not have a European bank account, additional banking charges may be added to your final invoice. You can use the transfer-wise service to prevent this, which is secure, user-friendly and cheaper than usual bank rates. Please email us at welcome@sojoourn.fr to address other alternatives if you have any doubts or are unable to afford via credit cards or wire transfer.




Is it possible to attend only one of the workshops?


Yes you can! But please notice that we designed this program to give you all tools to optimize your job hunting. Participate to all events of the program will allow you to get more chance to find work while giving your motivation with small participants who help each other by sharing experiences and feebacks.





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