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"It's important to feel you belong in the city where you live." - Emmanuelle Gimenez

After living in Mexico and Argentina for a year and experiencing her best years abroad, Emmanuelle found herself thinking how to address this need upon her return to France. An engineer by training, she quit her day job and founded Sojoourn in September 2018.

It is in this community; she met Lorelie, a first-time expat from the Philippines trying to navigate her new life. With her digital marketing background, she joined Sojoourn as an intern and founded a new passion for contributing to the community she discovered.

With experiences on expatriation and moving across the globe, we are passionate about making expatriates feel at home in Lyon. Solution-finders, creative, and loves challenges, together, we make the Sojoourn team.

We really want to revolutionise the way to connect expats together because we really believe that cultural diversity is wealth! And inclusion is one of our core value.

Our mission, to facilitate the integration of expatriates and highlight their talents.
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.

Who is Sojoourn for?

Sojoourn is for the millennial traveler in Lyon who is looking for an international community that can open up many opportunities to help him/her integrate into the city. Whether to make friends, grow connections for an entrepreneurial activity, speak French or to look for a job or share and inspire other expats, Sojoourn is a roof with many opportunities! It is a place to make you feel welcome and to enrich your stay in Lyon.

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Sojoourn is the leading network & guide for expats in Lyon with a dynamic community at the heart of it.

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