Story is powerful. Story is complex. A story is not complete until it is told, heard, and understood. The purpose of this podcast is to showcase guests’ stories who speak specifically about their cross-cultural experiences. What ever cross-cultural means to them. Listen to understand as they tell it.
My guest today is Loubelle. Loubelle is a 20-something year old Filipino-Canadian currently living in Maastricht, The Netherlands. She was born and raised in Al Ain, The United Arab Emirates where she lived for 17 years, before immigrating to Canada in 2008. Loubelle is a Registered Nurse (BScN, RN) by profession and had worked in Toronto for approximately six years before deciding to pursue higher education in The Netherlands. As such, she completed her Master’s Degree (MSc Healthcare Policy, Innovation and Management) in 2018 and then decided to pursue a new career in Europe. Currently, Loubelle works as a Clinical Safety Specialist for Medtronic, and is planning on finally settling down in the Netherlands where she has met the love of her life. You can connect with Loubelle on Instagram at: loubellebutalid
My guest today is Nick. Nick Dunn began his international education career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in western China. In 2014, he became an F and J advisor for the 10,000+ international students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is now the Assistant Director leading the Training, Operations, and Programs branch of ISSS. Beyond the office, Nick is an independent intercultural trainer passionate about building strong communities. He can often be spotted on bike rides with his amazing wife and three brilliant kids. You can connect with Nick on LinkedIn here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicholas-dunn-international/
My guest today is Priya. Priya Jindal is the founder of Nextpat, an organization focused on supporting cultural transition for individuals and organizations. Priya is a military brat and has spent 10 years as a foreign service officer spending many years overseas and navigating diverse global cultures. She has found navigating an ever-changing America a surprising cultural challenge each time she returns and strives to support others transitioning to new cultures, whether that be into a corporate sector position or return to home.
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I almost titled this episode, “It is What it is” simply because I’m new to hosting and producing a podcast. And as such, this is not the most polished podcast you’ll listen to in terms of editing segments and eliminating background noise. But, I hope it is a podcast that piques your interest as I have guests share their stories and we unpack experiences through a cultural lens. Thank you for listening to, A Culture Story.