Judith Völz

Germany, german flag  Germany

"It’s the people who make you feel at home."

    Exploring new places and cultures, meeting new people and stories is essential to me. Luxembourg is a culmination of all that and made me feel at home very quickly but unlike in other capitals or big cities around the globe, there are a number of things that work differently here, that I would like to help you to discover.

    What studies did you do and what is your main activity?

    I studied Geography/ regional development and Scandinavian studies. After many years as a freelancer for intercultural communication, teaching, interpreting and translating I am now working in social media monitoring and events to help people finding meaningful connections.

    How long have you been in Luxembourg?

    9 years.

    Which reason took you to Luxembourg?

    I met my Luxembourgish partner while living in Germany. As I was a freelancer and location didn’t matter for me at that time, I decided to come to Luxembourg and give it a try. I came and stayed 😉

    Tell us few things that have surprised you when first arrived?

    A lot has changed since I arrived. When I came it felt that Luxembourg was a cluster of parallel communities that didn’t know much about each other. It has opened a lot, more exchange is happening, though, I hope to contribute and help improve it even more.

    Luxembourg might be small, but there is a space for everyone and there is a great awareness that we are all different and our different stories can support or inspire others, regardless if related to one’s private life or within business.

    Can you give me 3 adjectives to describe your life in the Grand Duchy?

    Multicultural, innovative, up-and-coming.

    What aspect of Luxembourg would you miss if you had to leave tomorrow?

    It’s people, their stories, the many backgrounds and the labyrinth of languages spoken every day.

    Tell us what is your preferred district in Luxembourg and why?

    I have no preferred district. I like many of them and they serve various needs. I like to keep an eye on all of them and explore them to get a complete sense for Luxembourg.

    Can you give me one word in your language which is impossible to translate into other languages?

    Fernweh – longing to go somewhere/ wanderlust.  I’ve always been driven by “Fernweh”, but Luxembourg and its intercultural community are a great way to feed the travel bug while having to work and discover new ideas for the next destination ones holiday list.

    For which reason have you decided to join the JUST ARRIVED Ambassadors club?

    Integration, inter- and multicultural relations are a huge part of my life. I experienced the challenges of moving to different countries, the lows and highs and how one can evolve personally when one embraces change. It all gets easier, when you meet the right people to help you settle and master these challenges. In the past, I coached several hundreds on how to start a new life abroad and I would be happy to do that again in the place that I now call home too.

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