How Global Intern Programme brought back my sparkle.

We sat down with one of our Global Intern members from last year to hear more about her experience with the course, how it’s made a difference in her life, and what advice she has for others.

…Let us introduce Beatrice Häuselmann!


Tell us a bit about yourself…

Thanks for having me! I am originally from Switzerland. We moved to South Africa about two years ago for my husband’s job. We had always talked of living abroad with our family, and about two years ago came an opportunity to move to South Africa, so we chose the adventure. It was great and exciting but also a struggle, especially with small children. Maybe for some people moving gets easier and you get used to having to start over, but it wasn’t easy for me. Once we got settled into Johannesburg, I felt like I was starting from scratch every day trying to learn everything new: life, friends, work, comfort zone. It was exciting but also a big adjustment.

What drew you to the Global Intern Program with Translating Me?

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I was a new expat learning new things, new people, and a new life. I used to work in Human Resources, but knew that career was not an option living abroad, and maybe it wasn’t going to be an option if we moved back. I was looking for inspiration. Translating Me offered  meetings and online workshops to discover your personal brand, your personal drive. Then came Global Intern and I jumped on the chance. I wanted to understand who I am, what I want, what I am passionate about, what I am good at, what I can try at this time in my life that I didn’t have time for before… and of course am still working on these answers! Global Intern was an opportunity to do all this with lots of mentoring, coaching, learning new skills, and connecting with like minded people.

What have you gained from the experience- professionally and/or personally?

Besides amazing friends, a bigger network, business experience, and confidence to really put myself out there, I also found new motivation. Since the kids are of age to be in school everyday, I can now focus on my personal and professional development, and that means so much! I feel that the experience of Global Intern has prepared me to successfully launch a new career this year.

What’s next for you?

We will be moving back sometime in the next year. So, I’m setting up brand, my social media, websites, and my portfolio to prepare my full-on career focusing on my passion: Videography in Social Media. I am currently working on some short videos to be used on social media- for clients and myself, all part of my growing portfolio. I am ready for a new career when we get back to Switzerland. I am a totally new person from two years ago, and I am excited!

What do you wish to tell others thinking about joining the Global Intern programme?

Do not limit yourself to thinking this is just about social media careers. It is only a skill that we work on. What you do with it is your own. If you can spend the money and time to do this program, do it. Global Intern is about connecting to South Africa and the business community, about an experience you will not have anywhere else. You get to experiment and learn what you’re good at and what to focus on. You work with a group of people, learn from your differences, and understand more about yourself. You get your ‘sparkle’ back and develop new confidence. I would recommend it to anyone!

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Any more advice you have for someone looking to a new career during transition?

Yes, some tips I’ve been working on myself! … Be specific on what you can offer, and how you are different from everyone else. Think about your ideal client and what they are interested in. Focus on that. Become an expert in what you’re doing and keep learning to be the best you can! Build your portfolio and share pieces of it regularly on social media. Have a vision of what success is for your next step and then prepare to show off your unique story, your brand, and your brilliance!

To learn more about our Global Intern Programme and download our information booklet. Click the button below.

5 Step Career Plan for all Expat Partners

You are all settled,

Found a house

Got the kids into schools

Finished unpacking

Registered for all 101 new services

Even got the TV up on the wall.

Now its time to work out what the heck you are going to do with all your time.

You may have a few ideas, maybe even a couple of objectives:

  • You don’t want a big gap on your CV.

  • You want to break out of the expat bubble and engage with local culture a bit more.

  • Use the skills you have on something meaningful, something significant.

One things for sure, you don’t want to be left behind. You see your old colleagues achieving so much….

Its hard not to look back.

Not to compare.

To wonder what if?

Do you try to repeat the job you had back home? Thats all you know.


Do you use this time to start something new?

Ideally you want something flexible, that you can do from home, that fits around the kids and your travel.

But thats just a pipe dream.

Something that makes me feel good again, thats rewarding, that introduces me to new people, and gets me learning new things again.

None of that was possible 5 years ago, but thats not the case in 2018.

Currently 42% of the US workforce is freelance with numbers rising year on year.

The average number of jobs a person will have throughout their career has risen from 3 in 2007, to 7 in 2010, and now US Buru of National Statistics predicts its between 12 - 15 per person.

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The truth is, you are not alone in having these mind games, even if you had stayed at home, majority of us struggle to work out what will make us happy in our career, let alone what to do about it.

Whilst its tempting to look around, to go for coffee, to seek out opportunities that you COULD do.

Living abroad gives you the perfect opportunity to figure out what you WANT to do.

The reality is only you can work out what’s right for you. Whilst your partner, family, friends and ex colleagues can offer invaluable insights and even inspire you with ideas on things you can do. Only you have the answers to what will make you feel a sense of accomplishment, and ultimately use this time to help you branch out in your career path to embrace the new opportunities and build something much more exciting.

Want to know how to start? We have put together our 5 step career plan that all our clients at Translating Me will go through to restart their careers:

1. Personal Brand

How well do you know yourself? Do you know what gives you energy? What grabs your attention? What feels effortless and easy because you enjoy doing it? What activities stop you from looking checking in with your phone every 2 minutes?

Equally - what drains you? What frustrates you and holds you back from being your best?

Are you the person you steps up to organise events when others shrink into the background? Or are the peace maker who helps calm people down when things are stressful.

I call these things your sparkle, we all have many bits of sparkle we leave behind. Start to write them down and identify what your sparkle is.

2. Be Brave

The actual act of moving abroad is the easy bit. There are lots of people to help, many people have done it before you, and so whilst its stressful, you know you will get sorted eventually.

The hard part is integrating into local life. Learning new ways of schooling, shopping, getting around, excising, eating, and working.

This all takes courage.

Its easier if you have done step one, and identified what you really want. Give yourself permission to explore ALL opportunities rather than the safe option of repeating your old career.

I find it sad that as a child we are always asked what we want to be when we get older? This answer usually changes every other month depending on what we are enjoying or who inspired us. Take a moment to reflect back to your answers, to reflect back to the things you enjoyed when you thought anything was possible.

Step 3: Write down your ideal day or week

Get detailed, write out your average Tuesday, what time would it start, what would you be doing, who would you be seeing, write down all the must haves, and also must nots! Sometimes its easier to work out what you don’t want rather than what you want. Remember flexible work is growing more and more popular, so you have the opportunity to create a week that works for you. What type of office would you like to work from?

Or maybe you don’t ever want to work in an office again!

What type of people do you want to work with? How do you want to collaborate, or manage people?

How will you re energise throughout the day? What food will you be eating? Where? With who?

Step 4: Explore

The best way to continue your career abroad, whilst still having flexibility to work around children and travel is to work for yourself, either as a freelancer or starting your own business. This may not have ever been an option you have thought about before? But why not explore the opportunity?

Put simply all you need to do is develop skills that businesses need via the internet (i.e. digital skills). You then go back to your old professional network, or find a local businesses willing to pay you for that skill. Off you go! Its easier said than done but, ultimately, that's all it comes down to.

Step 5: Flexibility

Did I know what my ideal week would like at 35 years old? Absolutely not, I followed the traditional career advice of identify your passion, study it, volunteer, get a job, work hard = success and happiness!

Life got in the way, we had three children within 2.5yrs, we moved abroad, and my husband needed to travel with his work a lot.

I had to get creative, to think differently and to try new approaches.

Very few people know exactly what future they want to create, its hard for us to know what even exists?

Don’t get hung up on trying to work it all out, spend this time to learn more about yourself, to notice what do you do enjoy and don’t to practice designing different weeks, to rejig and redesign your perfect week after noticing different skills or things that make you smile.

The latest predictions is that we will all be living well over 100 years, so its never too late to get started either!

The key is to be willing to be open to new possibilities, new ways of working, and to give it a try!

Need a hand to actually make the transition? We believe that social media is one of the easiest and best ways to make the jump into the freelance world. Its simple to learn, there is a big skill shortage in it, its can be added to existing or new portfolio (photography, marketing, strategy, branding, training, HR & recruitment….) plus you can do it from anywhere!

Want to know more? Join our next intake of Global Intern programme, and lets get you trained up and ready to work from anywhere. Click the image below to learn more.

Expat Entrepreneurs - Karenna Wood

Source: Photo by  Olu Eletu

Source: Photo by Olu Eletu

What do you love about your current city, what makes it special?

I love the sunshine, the friendly people, the opportunities that weren't there for us in the UK but the main thing is the life and lifestyle here for our children. The rainy days are fewer and we're always outside and in nature.

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What things do you always ask your guests to bring out for you from home?

Hob nobs! Although I have now found them here. I also ask for a few things from Boots as I still have some favourite cosmetics and products that I love from the UK. Books are very expensive here so I buy a lot online and people bring me some. I also ask people for children's clothes from the UK as they are so lovely and a bit different to what you can get here!

In what ways have you changed personally or professionally since living abroad?

For my husband, the difference professionally was huge. He went from working in very small organisations to quickly being high up in large organisations. It massively expanded his opportunities and thinking. Personally, he was struck by Australia being a 'man's world!'. When we first arrived we took a big trip into the outback and he couldn't get over the size of the country, the size of the trucks and he's got really into 4WD and camping here which I don't think he would have as much in the UK. 

What are some of your personal highlights since living abroad?

Travelling around Australia, birthing and raising two little Aussies, having friends and family to stay with us and introducing them to Australia.

What was the trigger that made you start up your own business? How did you have the initial idea?

I've always been an entrepreneur at heart, making and selling jewellery and candles as a teen and always having a project on the go. When I moved here I embarked on a raft of new training and started my business really small. I'd say the trigger was actually starting my family as I wanted to continue to work but flexibly whilst I had young children

What areas of your business have you struggled with? Where and how have you got help for that?

Isolation is a big one so professional networks are important for that. Learning all the digital tools that are now necessary for business is also a challenge and it's a case of tapping into the right information online and avoiding the overwhelm!

What have been some of your business highlights / rewarding moments (why should others set up their own business).

My business is incredibly rewarding, I am very lucky. I help people when they are really struggling with fertility issues and also antenatally with information and planning for birth. Each client is a highlight. In terms of my business, being able to plan my work around my children and work from anywhere and at anytime is such a benefit. I can't imagine having to answer to an employer now!

What is the best bit of advice you can give for others wanting to set up on their own?

Just do it! It's easy to dream and and look at others and get 'compareitus' where you think you're not good enough but don't compare your beginning chapter to their middle. You are good enough, you have something great to offer and you will never know what will happen until you try. 

Have you adopted any new customs or traditions from various places you have lived?

Absolutely, you bring a little bit of all your life experiences and places into who you are and how you do things. Australians are very relaxed and open so I'm more like that now. 

What is different about your normal routine currently compared to what it would be back at home?

Just the sunshine mainly - it makes me want to be up and about whereas at home the grey and cold made me want to sit on the sofa and drink tea!

What is your:

Fav book: Conquering Infertility by Dr Alice Domar. She is such an inspiration to my work

Podcast: She means business - Carrie Green from the Female Entrepreneur Association. Listening to this at the gym fires me up!

Quote: Emotions are like waves, we can't stop them coming but we can choose which ones to surf!

Instagram account: I love that Instagram has become a place for women TTC (trying to conceive) to chat and support each other. So I can't pick a favourite but love all the ladies on there helping each other out!

If visiting your current city where are your favourite spots to go for:

Dinner: Sauma 

Drinks: Leederville

Day trip: Perth Hills 

Must see: Wineries, cideries and boutique farm-gate producers in the Perth Hills

Coolest Shop / Brand: Industrie - my husband's fave!

Best entertainment: City of Perth put on some great events in the city

Favourite way to stay fit: Gym and walking

If you could go back and give yourself advice what would it be?

Just try

For more information on Karenna and her business - check out her website:

7 Daily Rituals all Expats should have

7 Daily Rituals all Expats should have

Athletes have set routines to get them in the right frame of mind for success. The rest of us don't really think about our daily habits - until they drastically change! 

How has your daily routine changed since moving abroad? Are you doing these 7 things to ensure you are at the top of your game.

Expat Entrepreneurs: Zoe Baker

Where do you live?

Nowhere, and everywhere! I'm currently in transit, which is exciting: though right now I am in Johannesburg, South Africa for three months. I have lived in London for the past 10 years, so call London and Auckland my home bases.

What do you love about your current city, what makes it special?

Johannesburg has got incredible weather (it's winter and it's sunny and reasonably warm everyday!), it has an endless number of beautifully designed restaurants (there's a big eating out culture here) and it's a great base to explore the rest of South Africa: the beautiful mountain ranges of the Drakensburg are close by, Kruger National park isn't too far, and Durban and the coast and Cape Town are only a short fligt away.

What is your current business venture?

With zoe&zest, my goal is to help women to age better and live longer! Advances in science means better ageing for us all, so I'm building a platform for curated products, approaches and science related to ageing, to make it easier for women to access the incredible (and useful!) information that's out there.

What things do you always ask your guests to bring out for you from home?

Marmite (the NZ and UK marmite is so different!) and Whittaker's chocolate, it's up there with the best in the world, it's so good!

In what ways have you changed personally or professionally since living abroad?

Living abroad has really helped to grow my confidence. Whenever I need a little confidence boost I remind myself that I managed to move to the other side of the world on my own, embark on a successful career and formed an amazing group of friends. 
It also made me more open to opportunities, getting in to the mindset of saying 'yes' to things that come my has had such a positive impact on my life. It's a habit I'm going to continue to try and nurture.

What are some of your personal highlights since living abroad?

Seeing so much of the world has been an incredible experience, getting to see places I never thought I would. Forming such close friendships and such a tight-knit circle of friends was an unexpected bonus of living abroad - your friends become your family, and I feel so blessed to know that we will be friends for life. The job opportunities available in London also meant that I was able to succeed career wise, and being a head of marketing and communications teams was something that I was very proud of. Finally, meeting my partner has been a highlight. If I had stayed at home I would never have met my amazing man who is South African, of Portuguese heritage and loves adventure and exploring the world as much as I do, so that is definitely a personal highlight! 

What was the trigger that made you start up your own business? How did you have the initial idea?

I had been doing a lot of thinking about my lifestyle; living in London life can be frenetic, balancing a demanding career, a lot of socialising and travel, and whilst it's great for a chapter in one's life, I had decided that I wanted more balance. But most importantly, I wanted freedom to be able to live anywhere around the world and to create the type of lifestyle that I enjoy. Creating that location independence is much easier if you have your own business! I also realised that if I worked as hard at my own business as I did at work, that  I could be successful (one of my fears is that I wouldn't be!). 

I had lots of ideas swirling around in my mind, but I decided to see a transition advisor/career change coach, as I wanted to make sure that I chose an idea that was right for me, and that could be built upon to create a business. Working with Rikke was the best thing I could have done, as the idea I am taking forward now, evolved over the three months I worked with her, and it's something I feel really excited about - as well as reassured that it's a viable business idea!

What areas of your business have you struggled with? Where and how have you got help for that?

So far the biggest challenge has been staying focused on one thing at a time and trying to avoid feeling overwhelmed! There are so many things that need to be done and could be done when you're starting a business and on occasion I've felt the weight of that, but having a coach has helped me immensely. Rikke set me specific goals to help me stay focused and always replies to my slightly panicked emails giving me reassurance when I need it! 
I also try to read/listen to podcasts regularly, to make sure I'm learning - and then implementing - good work habits to help me stay focused, such as working in 45 min sprints, setting myself just three things to achieve each day etc. There are so many free, excellent, resources out there these days, to help fledging entrepreneurs like me.

What have been some of your business highlights / rewarding moments (why should others set up their own business).

I love the sense of freedom, and reward it brings. To know that you are responsible for creating a successful business is exciting, and when you start to see small successes, it's really exciting. For me, it's still very early days, but one of the highlights has been setting up my Instagram and really engaging with people on that platform, it's nice to know people are enjoying the content you are producing! One of the other surprises/highlights is how supportive online communities can be. I am part of two for entrepreneurs, and they're filled the gap where my team used to be when I worked. It's so helpful to have people who understand where you are in your journey and you can bounce ideas off, as well as get encouragement when you need it! A final highlight was the response I got from people when I finally felt confident enough to tell people about my idea. Friends and family have been incredibly supportive, and that's been lovely. 

What is the best bit of advice you can give for others wanting to set up on their own?

I love Anais Nin's quote: 'Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage'. It can be terrifying making the decision to go out on your own, but it's worth having the courage to do so, as the rewards can be so great. Seeing a coach in the beginning feels like a big investment, but one I highly recommend, as they can help you get something off the ground much more quickly than you might be able to do on your own, and it's so helpful to have guidance from someone who is experienced in the world of entrepreneurship. I also remind myself, that if I need to, or want to for whatever reason, you can always go back to work, or get a freelance, part-time or contract role - that always gives me comfort knowing that I have options if I need to earn money to support my business. 

Have you adopted any new customs or traditions from various places you have lived?

Drinking tea whilst I work, is strangely one tradition I have adopted. In England, it was builders tea (Yorkshire tea or Tetley's) or Earl Grey, when I travel I love trying the tea locals tend to drink, Turkey has the best mint tea for example, and now I am based in South Africa for three months, I've adopted Rooibos tea as my go-to, I love working with a pot of tea beside me! 

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What is different about your normal routine currently compared to what it would be back at home?

It's definitely a little harder working whilst being on the road, and I've had to adopt some flexibility with my routine. I usually like to wake up, do some yoga and meditate, have breakfast and start working and work through to lunchtime, but when you're travelling that routine can be interrupted, by travel, lack of wifi etc. We are travelling for eight months at the moment, and I try to have as many days as possible that are close to that normal routine, but I don't get too stressed if it doesn't work out, I just switch things around and on those days try and do a lot of reading, or squeeze in 10 mins of yoga in the evening, having a list of things I need to achieve each month means I can select something off that list that I can fit into a shorter timeframe or I can do without wifi for example. 

What is your:

Fav book: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, it is beautifully written

Podcast: At the moment it's John Lee Dumas - I love that his podcasts are short but jam-packed with helpful hints and tips.  

Quote: "Go forth boldly, joyfully, and courageously", John Cranna from the Creative Hub said this whilst I was doing a creative writing course with him and I latched on to it. I love it as it embodies how I would like to live my life.

Instagram account: @jetsetmama for light relief and @mindbodygreen


If visiting your current city where are your favourite spots to go for:

DInner: Any where in Parkhurst, their Main Street has a great vibe and lots of good restaurants.

Drinks: The Westcliff, Four Seasons Hotel. The restaurant/bar has the best views in the City, and it's such a pleasant place to while away a few hours.

Day trip: I recently did the hop-on, hop-off bus tour with a tour of Soweto included, and I highly recommend that combo. Johanesburg is such a big city it's great to see it from a double-decker bus and to hear the history of this interesting city (founded during the gold rush and is the largest man-made forest in the world!), and going to Soweto gives you perspective on Jo'burg and South Africa generally. Also, Sun City, Cradle of Mankind or the Lion Park are apparently very good, I haven't yet been but they are on my hit list! 

Must see: The Apartheid Museum, it's a world-class museum that shines the light on South Africa's fascinating, and fraught, history, as well as key figures like Nelson Mandela. I can't recommend it enough.

Coolest Shop / Brand: - is an amazing blogger here in SA, who has loads of blog posts of cool brands, shops and places to go in Jo'burg. I haven't been here long enough to have found one, but I take her word for it!

Best entertainment: Trying out all of the different restaurants in this city! They've also recently regenerated Maboneng, a cool area with markets and great restaurants and bars. 

Favourite way to stay fit: I usually like to join a yoga/pilates studio and then just add in a short workout at home or a run around the neighbourhood, but the gyms here deserve a special mention. They are phenomenal. Because they have space in Johannesburg the gyms are all huge. You could almost spend a day in the Virgin Active close to where we stay: it has a couple of yoga/pilates studios, an exercise studio, multiple gym areas as well as a cafe. 

If you could go back and give yourself advice what would it be?

To believe in yourself. You have got what it takes and with some self-belief and knowing when to ask for help, you can set up a successful business. 

Follow Zoe at:

Instagram: @zoeandzest

Continuing your Career in South Africa

30 of us gathered to have great coffee without overlooking a car park, meet like minded people, and take the time to rethink our careers! It was a fantastic morning.  

I so wish that Hannah and Translating Me Abroad was up and running when I moved to Johannesburg 7 years ago. Hannah offers so many amazing resources to get settled in and enjoy this amazing city and country. I highly recommend getting involved!”
— Tessa Graham, Brand Strategist

“You have given me so much to go away and think about, thank you so much.”  

As people arrived at the brand new Milk Bar, just off Sandton Drive, they ordered their coffee, eat some delicious brunch and then had a fun quiz to introduce themselves to new people.  

With new friendships made, and tummies full, we sat down to be welcomed by Hannah Pirnie, founder of Translating Me and visionary behind the event. She challenged us all to widen our approach to our career paths, that there is a whole host of opportunities available that can meet our passions and talents.  

Expat Career

Tessa Graham, followed with her own personal story of how she has worked her way around the world reinventing her career, and applying for many visa’s.

Her tip - to work out your why, what it is that will motivate you and why you are doing it.

Catherine, originally from Ireland, shared how to refocus and humble yourself to re-qualify in order to practice professionally here, before Diana shared her story of starting up a blog.  

Nicola founder of the Facebook group Trailing Spouse, shared how she has managed to focus on personal development in every country managing to learn new skills through a variety of projects and passions. She encouraged everyone to get started in something.   

The panel were then joined by Hans a immigration expert to answer all the questions on the best type of visa to gain, and possible solutions forward.  

“The vision behind Translating Joburg is to encourage expats to leave Joburg in a better place than how you found it. By using your passions and skills to make an impact here. These monthly meetup events are just one of the many ways we aim to achieve this, through our Translating Joburg Membership Club.”  


Come join other passionate men and women who are creating their own side projects over in our Ubuntu Academy: 

We share training videos on: 

Creating your Website

How to Sell on Etsy

How to create $1000 a month by being a virtual assistant.   

For training videos and step by step tutorials on setting up your business - join us over in the Ubuntu Academy Now. 

Freelance Business Toolkit

I often get asked for recommendations on software and programmes, so here is my list of tools and programmes that Translating Me would be lost without: 

Business Toolkit


Squarespace - website 

Google Documents - store all your files online to give anyone remote access 

Mailchimp - email software (or convertkit


Design / Photos:

Unsplash - beautiful and un stock like images 

Shutterstock - images and music. Plus they have a great design programme too 

Canva - simple graphic design 

PicMonkey  - i create all our blog posts etc on here. 

Pages  - I create all the workbooks in Apple's Pages 

Creative Market - have everything you need for your design. From fonts, to styled images, you name it they will have it! 

Online Course Platform 



Freelance Platforms 

FlexJobs - FlexJobs has over 50 career categories, with jobs ranging from freelance to full-time, entry-level to executive. The best part? They screen the jobs before posting, so you don’t have to dig through shady opportunities. The site currently hosts more than 20K job listings including part-time and freelance opportunities!

Skip the Drive - Good job listings, plus some good resources (and I like the name) 

Upwork - Wide range of job categories: from virtual assistants to mobile app developers. Plus they have more than 1 million companies, from Pinterest to OpenTable, use the site to hire remote freelancers.

Toptal - Focused on connecting top-tier former consultants with short-term engagements for high impact corporations, the Toptal Business (formerly SkillBridge) model is taking the traditional consulting world by storm. 

Fiverr - whether you want to advertise your services or outsource some of your own business - fiveer can be a great option. 

Recruit My Mom (South Africa) 

People to Follow 

Michael Hyatt - great on productivity and work / life balance

Carrie Green - I joined her members club 3 years ago, and its given me all the knowledge and training I have needed.

Bryan Harris - Practical advice on how to get you started in building an email list.  

Jeff Walker - If you want to create an online course, he is the guru to help you 


Finding it all a little Overwhelming...... 

Come join other passionate men and women who are creating their own side projects over in our Ubuntu Academy: 

We share training videos on: 

Creating your Website

How to Sell on Etsy

How to create $1000 a month by being a virtual assistant.   

For training videos and step by step tutorials on setting up your business - join us over in the Ubuntu Academy Now.