BoomerangingExpat to Repat
Hosted by Margot Andersen
Podcast producers Margot Andersen and Simone Pregellio share the expat stories from both the podcast and six months of conversations with Australians who have been part of the 600,000 contingent who have come home during COVID.
It was the Aussie sense of adventure that took journalist Prue Clarke to New York in 2000, it was the American dream that kept her there for 19 years.
Andy Whitford acknowledges just how ‘lucky’ he is to return with an MD role after 15 years in Asia. It was however a deviation to his original return strategy of building out a portfolio and board career.
After 19 years in London, the final year of living on his own in lockdown, Michael Ellis jumped at the chance to return to Melbourne via a DFAT sponsored flight. Like many COVID repats, the big question is will he stay?
Proving that no-one is immune to reverse culture shock, Sarah Ntiamoah, a globally experienced change manager shares how she found herself asking that all too familiar question of “What have I done?” not long after arriving home.
When journalist Nicole Webb initially moved overseas with her hotelier husband James, she thought she would enjoy a career break. Little did she realise though just how much her identity had been shaped by her work.
Michael and his family were on an 18-month global adventure when COVID and family tragedy saw them grounded in regional Sth Australia. As the world starts to open back up, they are now asking ‘do we stay or do we go?’
For six years prior to the onset of the pandemic, Bridget John had been living a globally nomadic life between home bases in France, Morocco and Australia. A ‘quick trip’ home in February 2020 changed all that.
After attempting to come home three times, Shane finally cracked the code in 2020. But just as he was booking flights for he and his family along came COVID.