Ioana Jora-Boerosu Resident doctor / Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy

I had the pleasure to collaborate with Dr. Margarita Lourido (...), I was surprised how well structured and effective our sessions were. Her approach is personalized; goal-oriented and helped me find clarity in identifying my goals, obstacles, and personal abilities. Thanks to her sessions, I found the motivation and the resources to overcome a difficult moment and to accomplish an objective I have struggled with for more than 2 years. (...) I would recommend her sessions to anyone who needs guidance towards reaching their goals or wants to overcome either professional or personal difficulties (...)
București, Romania

Oscar Leonel Rueda Ochoa Medical doctor Ph.D. / Erasmus University Medical Center

The coaching with Margarita allowed me to make a stop on the way and to take a moment of reflection. This allowed me to see my goals, my strengths, and my weaknesses more clearly and to work to improve those aspects that slowed me down in my path to success.
Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Johanna Martínez Artist, Industrial designer, Marketing specialist

Margarita, I want to express my appreciation for your valuable coaching. For me, it represented a beautiful guided journey to my inner being. A journey of discovery, observation, and analysis in which with your help I got to know myself better and grew as a person. What I liked the most was that it is a very practical process and that each session allows you to deepen and discover new possibilities that you can implement immediately in your life. In my case, after completing the coaching process I managed to correct completely the situation that was the main objective to work on this process. I developed the ability to identify similar situations and found the tools to handle them. I even got an additional benefit that I was not even looking for: with your help I was able to clearly define the mission of my "ART with PURPOSE" business, using my passion for art, my profession as an Industrial Designer, and my desire to contribute to society. It is an experience I would recommend to anyone going through a situation where you do not see an exit, this journey helps you discover the way to find the solution.
Hilversum, The Netherlands

    Andrea Patricia Cortes Medical Doctor

    The Coaching sessions with Margarita were a revealing experience. I started the coaching sessions without knowing very well what to expect and I ended up feeling happy. From the first session, I felt heard and it was very nice to feel that another person wants to work with you to help you achieve your own goals. Working on my goals and looking for answers within me was the most enriching task of the coaching process. Not only did I learn how to use time more effectively, how to study and work cleverly, but I also discovered resources and qualities that I have and I did not know about. I can use what I learned during these sessions at an academic level, in my life, and my relationship. I want to thank Margarita immensely. (...)

    Catalina Rada Trujillo Corporate Communicator

    For the first time, I was presented with the opportunity to have a process of help and guidance for my life. In my first session I felt a little strange and shy to tell everything that was happening to me at that moment, I was confused returning to my home country but Margarita made me feel very comfortable, confident, and sure. What I liked most about this process was that there was a person who listened to me and did not judge me, that she contributed positive things in the course of all my sessions, I discovered many goals of my life, my values, and strengths. My greatest learning of this process was to understand that life must be lived every day to the maximum and to live NOW because the future is uncertain. Also, I learned that I am the main author of my life, I must think about myself and my goals. I learned to see things differently and this helped me in my search for a new job. This process helped me to be aware of my priorities, my dreams, and my goals. The benefits of following a coaching process with Margarita are: to have a coach who listens to you 100%, this process helps you to see the best path for your life and it is a guide that shows you the best tools to practice in your daily life.
    Cali, Colombia

    Maricela Vasquez OPEX Project Manager

    I did a coaching process with Margarita. Her integral approach, when dealing with expats, definitely makes a difference. She is an outstanding professional, one reason is, she helps not only you to analyze your reality as a migrant or expat (with a different pair of glasses), but also helps you improve different areas in your life, to move forward. Did you move from abroad? I highly recommend you to work with her. I am looking forward to working with her in the future too.
    The Hague, The Netherlands

      Words from event organizers

      Series of workshops for international students

      Yness Slokar Senior Lecturer in Water Treatment / Technology & UWS Programme / Coordinator at IHE Delft / Institute for Water Education

      I have collaborated with Margarita at IHE Delft Institute for Water Education in The Netherlands, on the topic of “Coping with studying abroad”.
      Margarita developed a lecture, workshops, and follow-up sessions for our international MSc and Ph.D. participants, who have reportedly struggled not only with studying in a foreign environment but also with being away from their families and friends.
      Based on the evaluation of some 250 participants over the past two years, Margarita’s input into viewing and understanding the aspects of studying abroad and overcoming the shortcomings and stress associated with it, help almost all of them to be more effective in their studies, assessments, happier in their life outside the classrooms. I wholeheartedly recommend Margarita’s expertise in expat coaching and personal development.

        Workshop for students of health professions and coaches

        Daphnée Izurieta, AICM Coach Mentor Coordinator Life and Family Committee

        Working with Margarita Lourido is always a pleasure; she is a great professional, passionate about intercultural relationships in this world without limits. Margarita manages to take you to discover your magic with a new vision, accompanying you to reach your brilliance outside your country.
        AICM Peru Chapter

          2 days long workshop assignment about communication skills for Dutch multinational

          Jeanette Wijnhoven Partner - Leertouwer Van Dijck & U

          (...) Margarita made this tailormade program her own, went beyond our expectations of preparing, structuring, and communicating with the client, as well as understanding the strategic goal of the session and working accordingly. With a very positive evaluation from the team and a satisfied client, I would definitely recommend Margarita as a skilled trainer (...)

            Workshop "How to build trust in the Netherlands"

            Beth Farris Business Clarity Mentor

            She (Margarita) shared insights on how to navigate cultural differences in business. And gave us creative ways to think about the role that culture plays in business communication, sales strategies, and more. One of the things I admire most about Margarita is how she leads with both head and heart. She’s both extremely knowledgeable and authentically passionate when it comes to helping internationals succeed.

              Words from participants of workshops

              Participant of "How to make high impact presentations"

              Jorge Osorio Manager of KLM Social technologies team

              "I attended the "How to make high impact presentations" workshop of Switch! Intercultural, this was very clear, with very practical tips, and with a good balance between theory and practice. I participated in this workshop a few days before doing a couple of very important presentations within my department, and I managed to create a very good impression, one that still lasts. As a result of this, my boss proposed my participation in a managerial development program."
              Air France – KLM, Amsterdam

                Participant of “Hacking decision making”

                Oxana Sytnik Project Officer

                "Oh, I´m going to talk about this workshop to my colleagues at the next staff meeting. I just loved it and it made me question myself things that I don't usually dare to ask." (...)
                AquaTT, Dublin

                  Maria Gallo Founder of KITE

                  "Margarita approaches a heavy topic with professionalism, fun, and practical strategies to re-think stress in our lives." (...)
                  Keep in Touch Education, Ireland

                    Samar Al Zayer Counseling and Clinical Psychologist

                    "This was a very useful workshop, with a lot of useful tools, techniques, and great metaphors. (...) Margarita is a captivating and natural presenter. Thank you for this great and useful workshop."
                    PsyQ- Amsterdam

                      Participants of “Dealing with workload stress for High Achievers”

                      Sandra Rincón Founder and President

                      We've had the pleasure of hosting Dr. Margarita Lourido for various in-person workshops and webinars for NL alumni-Netherlands, the association for international students and alumni residing in the Netherlands. Margarita has been inspiring many of our members to reflect on their current career paths, revisit their goals and evaluate their meaning of success in relation to the many demands we impose on ourselves. With her caring nature and deep understanding of human psychology, she always leads us to learn much through the process of reflection and revisiting our assumptions to lead a more fulfilling and balanced life. Personally, I always learn from Margarita in viewing my current reality in positive and innovative ways. Thank you Margarita for your gift of unleashing greatness for a better world!
                      NL alumni-Netherlands

                        1 on 1 coaching process

                        Andreea Jora-Boerosu Transfer pricing and business modeling / Ernst & Young Global Limited expert

                        I was dealing with this new chapter of my life alongside Margarita and our regular conversations were constant in an otherwise extremely uncertain period. My personal objective was to increase my presence at my workplace and to better structure and strategize my interactions. The information and knowledge shared by Margarita were of great value, extremely insightful and therefore I benefitted from a multitude of perspectives which, on top of everything, were also actionable. This means that I could take action based on our plan, and I could grow during the tough period which pandemic brought. At the end of our collaboration, I saw a real change in my attitude and in how I was perceived at my workplace, my leadership during the pandemic being acknowledged and recognized as a role model for the team.
                        I couldn't be happier with this outcome.

                          Bruno Weitz Partner Marketing Manager / Global Business Development at Jacobs Douwe Egberts

                          Switch! Intercultural coaching and mentoring processes have been of great value to me. Considering that I am in a stage of changes and new challenges at a professional level, in each session Margarita has supported me helping me to establish clear objectives as well as concrete and realistic action plans. The space she generates for self-reflection makes one feel very comfortable, and she can make oneself propose ideas and express feelings, through her empowering questions.
                          And the combination of coaching with stories and mentoring with the proposals of her experience, makes me end up very motivated. I highly recommend participating in Switch! Intercultural programs to all those who want to learn to be aware of their opportunities and grow professionally, but above all, personally. Thank you so much for everything, Margarita!

                            Andrea Pizza MSc Sustainability and Management

                            After moving abroad, I encountered work and personal challenges that I found difficult to understand and manage. Margarita helped me to understand my emotions and identify strengths to enjoy new experiences in my new home. The exercises and the sessions were always focused on exploring my feelings, questioning my reality, and building personal tools to overcome fears and challenges. She took the time to listen to my concerns and provided alternatives and examples that were easy to understand and apply. Margarita provided me with different perspectives and helped me to see opportunities where I previously saw obstacles.

                              HR Business Partner

                              My colleagues have realized the change, I get compliments about my increased confidence and how I handle the office in a difficult time when many people are away from my team.

                                Estefanía Zárate Angarita Journalist and Reporter

                                My name is Estefanía Zárate Angarita, I was born and raised in Bogotá D.C, - Colombia, I currently reside in Aarhus - Denmark, and I have lived in Europe for the past 5 years. In 2019, I got enrolled in a European, inter-cultural experience in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, where Dr. Margarita Lourido led a workshop about growth and personal development for migrants.
                                I could immediately resonate with her experience as a Colombian woman living in Europe and her knowledge triggered in me immense self-reflection and inner work. Her intuition is strong and she connected with me from a warm-hearted place, she could see I could benefit from the tools she could share with me... and I certainly did.
                                We had our first session at a moment in my journey of those we could call "low tides". I was struggling to navigate the job market in Denmark, I had recently accomplished my Master's degree and my financial and legal instability and uncertainty were a constant ticking clock in my mind. With Margarita, I learned key information and tools that helped me to ground and succeed. Since then, she has been genuinely interested in supporting my growth and we have developed a trustful and fruitful relationship.
                                Latin America and the Nordics

                                  Around the world, there are many opportunities. Work, business, study, and joyful life opportunities. I contribute to your development by helping you get closer to these opportunities and enabling you to achieve your goals.



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