Meet the Sojoourn Team



Founder & Business developer

Emmanuelle is French, but she was born to be a globetrotter. After living in Mexico and Argentina and experiencing her best years abroad, she found herself thinking about how to create a welcoming experience for expats in France. In 2018, after working as a chemical engineer for 5 years, she quit her day job and founded Sojoourn. She wants everyone to feel at home in France, no matter where they come from.

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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. She lives in Lyon since 2018 and follows the adventure of Sojoourn since the beginning. With the same enthusiasm as she never says no to dessert, she is ready to bring some sweet complexity to the team as the Content and Community Manager.

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City Ambassador

Walt moved to Lyon in May 2019 to live here permanently without having previously visited the city. In the past seven years he traveled the globe and lived in seven different countries. During his exciting adventures he learned new languages and skills while connecting with local people and expats to fully embrace each culture. His widespread knowledge and open minded attitude makes him the perfect Sojoourn Ambassador.

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French teacher

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.


French teacher

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.

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