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How to Make a Successful Move Abroad: Easy Transition Guide

Kristen Palana, Professor, Award-Winning Artist, Digital Do-Gooder

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29 Videos (1h 40m)
    • Introduction and Welcome: About This Course & Meet Your Professor

    • Digesting the Big News (*Optional Lecture for Those Still Awaiting News)

    • How to Share Your Big News the RIGHT Way

    • Research and The Big Schlep: Getting Ready to Start Getting Ready

    • Letting Go So You Can Move Forward

    • Visualizing and Manifesting Your New Life (Hint: Think Positive!)ndance

    • Welcoming Help and Abundance

    • What’s Your Language Plan? Start Hiding Words in Your Brain Now

    • Be the Boss of Important Documents

    • Don’t Panic. Prioritize

    • Your Pets Might Freak Out. Coping With Your Furry Friend’s Fears

    • Your Children Might Freak Out, But Not If You Do These Simple Things

    • Organizing From Afar: Housing Options (A Brief Rundown)

    • Paying It Forward. As you Close Down, Help Others Still Staying in Town

    • Vaccinations and Giving Attention to Medical and Dental Needs

    • The Long Goodbye: Planning Visits and Meet-Ups to Reconnect With Loved Ones

    • Revisit the Past: Reconnect With Your Roots & Honor How Far You’ve Already Come

    • Packing For the Roller Coaster

    • Shut ‘Er Down. Tying Up Loose Ends

    • A Few Days Before Your Move: Introduction

    • Highly Imperfect Video Shot 4 Days Before Our Move (Case Study and Tips)

    • Insights from Two Days Before Our Move (Case Study and Tips)

    • Let's Do Something FUN: One Last Meet-up With Friends

    • It's Time. Get on the Rollercoaster. Go! Go! Go! (Our Moving Day Case Study)

    • Resources and Insights for Right After the Big Move

    • Our First Hours in Myanmar- Flashback and Case Study

    • We Made It! -Tour of Our New Home and Case Study Six Days Aftre the Move

    • Extra: Guest Lecturers, Lukas and Nico Tell How They Are Doing Now

    • Thanks For Taking This Course! Please Review.on


About This Class

Take the pain and stress out of your upcoming move abroad by using effective best practices for an easier transition.

Facing a major transition like an upcoming move overseas is both exciting and terrifying. Where do you even begin? 

How can you be sure you are organized, prepared, and able to cope with leaving one part of the world (tying up all those loose ends) and setting up shop in another country without pain, stress, headaches, and causing an international incident?

In this easy-to-follow, fun, and practical course, I'll share with you my very best tips and tricks for getting from here to there in one piece with your sanity and sense of humor intact. In this first installment of How to Make a Successful Move Abroad: Easy Transition Guide we will focus exclusively on surviving before and during the actual move abroad.

After taking this course students will be able to:

  • Create an easy and clear plan of action to ensure all loose ends are tied up in the "old" country before the move.
  • Discover and lock down important resources and services in the "new" country well before moving day to ensure a smoother set up.
  • Focus valuable time, energy, and resources on the most essential to-do items for an easier and less-stressful transition.
  • Easily assist children and pets through the process of leaving one way of life for another.
  • Engage in essential self-care best practices for taking care of YOU in this time of extreme change.
  • Find and appreciate the benefits, hidden-blessings, and FUN aspects of moving abroad to help offset the stress of the inevitable challenges and obstacles.

Most video lessons include actual footage from my own recent transition abroad from Rome, Italy to Yangon, Myanmar to help illustrate the good, the bad, and the ugly when dealing with a major transition like an upcoming move. 

I'm a practicing award-winning multimedia artist and a former tenured Associate Professor of Digital Media and Program Director of Film & Digital Media at The American University of Rome (2006-2016). I'm currently an Associate Professor of Digital Media at American University of Myanmar in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma). 

I've lived, volunteered, and worked in the USA, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, India, Tanzania, Liberia, and Myanmar and in this quick and easy course, I take decades of travel and expat experience and share my top essential tips for making a smoother international transition with less headaches and more fun.

Since 2000 I've been teaching students all over the world using my tried and true custom approach (turning complex information into something simple, memorable, easy-to-understand in as short amount of time as possible) to ensure that you get the most important, relevant, and useful information that can be applied immediately.

New bonus lectures and resources will continue to be added and timely advice will be provided in the discussion forum. I love to help and always respond to inquiries and discussions ASAP.

Empower yourself now and  let's get started effectively preparing you for your upcoming move right away!





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Kristen Palana

Professor, Award-Winning Artist, Digital Do-Gooder

My goal is to empower ordinary people to do extraordinary things.

I'm a multimedia artist/educator based in Yangon, Myanmar and am an Associate Professor of Digital Media at American University of Myanmar. I also served as tenured core faculty at The American University of Rome (2006-2016) where I co-founded and ran its Film and Digital Media Program.

I have 17+ years of university and adult education teaching experience in North America, Europe, As...

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