1 August 2016

GHIRINGHELLI Marc - Expat in PHNOM PENH, Cambodia

GHIRINGHELLI Marc - Expat in PHNOM PENH, Cambodia

Q: Where are you originally from?
A: I’m from France

Q: In which city are you currently residing?
A: I was in PHNOM PENH from 08/2004 to 08/2006

Q: What do you do in your new city?
A: I was a Senior Staff Military Cooperating in the Education and HR fields.

Q: How is the quality of life in your new city in comparison to that of your home city?
A: The quality of life was fantastic during my tenure in Cambodia. I had a very huge house, with 2 permanent employees (cooking and housekeeping).

Q: How would you rate the healthcare system in which you are currently enrolled?
A: I had my French Military health care, but the hospital level was very poor. Every serious cases had to be evacuated in Thaïland. (SOS international). You need to have a very good insurrance.

Q: How does the cost of living compare to that of your home city?
A: The cost of living was very interesting, with a rate around 1/10.

Q: Did you use a relocation company to help you with your move?
A: No only a moving Company.

Q: How easy or difficult was the relocation process?
A: The relocation process was very easy because I had a house provided by the French Ambassy. My Children had a reserved place in the French School and my predecessor on the position prepared eveything for me before arrival.

Q: Did you move here with any family members?
A: Yes I moved with spouse and 4 children.

Q: Did your spouse and children find it difficult to adapt to their new job and schools?
A: Not at all, they enjoyed their stay in Cambodia and met a lot of Khmer Friends.

Q: How did the family, including you, do in acclimating to the new culture and surroundings?
A: We loved the >Cambodian culture and population. We tried immediately to have some contacts with everybody. We visited a lot of places and boudhist temples to learn the local culture. 

Q: What is one piece of advice you’d like to offer a new expat in your new city?
A: Don’t be afraid by the town and the people. Try to learn the way of life of the people in the street. Speak with them. And before the departure of your home land read a lot about the Khmere civilization and history.