Meet the team
Founder & Business developer
Emmanuelle is a French globetrotter. After living in Mexico and Argentina for a year and experiencing her best years abroad, she found herself thinking about how to address this need upon her return to France. A chemical engineer by training, she quit her day job and founded Sojoourn in September 2018. She wants everyone to feel at home in France.
French and Parisian graduated from Alliance Française de Paris and a specialization in communication (ISCOM Paris), Christel has more than 20 years of experience teaching FLE for adults of different nationalities. Her 17 years spent abroad (United States, Portugal, Belgium, Spain) have given her a great understanding of the challenges of expatriation. Back in France 5 years ago, she specialized in Business French for expatriates and enjoy teaching them their own language with a human and multicultural dimension, essential to their integration.
Content & Community Manager
Zsofi is a true career chameleon from Budapest. Having finished at the top of her class in University - studying Economics - she moved to France to follow her passion: pastries and chocolate. With the same enthusiasm as she never says no to dessert, she is ready to bring some sweet complexity to the team as the new intern for Content and Community Management.
After a one-year stay in the United States and studying Modern Letters, Valérie turned to teaching French in middle school and then studying French in training centers and schools for adults for almost 18 years in the Paris region. Her experience as a French/FLE trainer in different organizations allowed her to acquire a good mastery of her profession. She works today as a FLE trainer/consultant for expatriates, students and allophone professionals.
Rita is our first City Ambassador. Originally from Lebanon, Rita understands pretty well what it's like to be an expat in a new city. She has been living in Lyon for 6 years. She is a passionate community-builder and she is an expert in networking. Rita started attending ApéroExpats events' a year ago and she never misses one!
Martine has been living in Lyon since September after spending 12 years abroad. During her expatriation, she worked as a kindergarten teacher and a librarian. Graduated from Alliance Française in 2016, she started her Modern Foreign Language teacher career in a British school as a private teacher for adults and young people. Her learning and educational experience has given her a great opportunity to develop her pedagogical skills, that she would be enthusiastic to share.
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