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About us

Yvonne van der Pol is the woman behind Luz azul training, consulting & coaching. “It is my passion to train and coach people who want to enhance their intercultural craftsmanship. In my opinion, working internationally is a craft, where one is continuously faced with the question ‘how do I work most effectively in this specific context?’”

Experience in international development

From an early age I was deeply interested in complex developmental issues in the world and wished to support development processes. This is why I chose to study sociology with a specialization in non-western societies. In the first 10 years of my career I worked with great commitment and pleasure for different organizations in the field of development cooperation. Like many others I learned by doing and learned from experience, as a Dutch woman living in the United States and Costa Rica, and by working with organizations in Europe, Latin America and Africa and travelling in many countries.

Closer to personal development

Gradually I found that my interest was focusing on individuals and personal development. I founded Luz azul training, consulting & coaching in 2003. Since then I have had great pleasure in training and coaching thousands of professionals from countries in five continents to enhance their intercultural effectiveness.

Enhancing better understanding between people

The mission that I formulated over 15 years ago is still my leitmotiv: enhancing better understanding between people. In order to become interculturally effective I support professionals in connecting to people with other cultural backgrounds, in performing in an international work environment, in managing uncertainty and especially in enjoying intercultural encounters.

Lifelong learning

As a trainer, coach and consultant I continually focus on other people’s learning processes, but I also like to learn wherever and whenever I can. In 2013 I completed the learning trajectory ‘Online Learning and Facilitation’. I am a SIETAR (Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research) member, participate in yearly international congresses, and since 2019 a Sietar Netherlands board member and the Dutch representative in the Sietar Europa board. I have been licensed in the assessment tool the Intercultural Readiness Check© since 2007 and I am an IBI associate since 2012. I also conduct train-the-trainer courses. As a proprietor of my business, I greatly enjoy working with other trainers in large projects. In 2017 I published my first book Reflections on Intercultural Craftsmanship.

Ethics and Privacy

Intercultural and diversity training or coaching can be sensitive. Therefore I work according to the Code of Ethics of Sietar Nederland. Of course I also work according to the General Data Protection Regulation. Read my Privacy regulation here.

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Masterclass Brain, Mind & Culture

On October 18, 2024 the next Masterclass Brain, Mind and Culture of Japan Intercultural Institute starts. This Masterclass is a blended learning course (webinars-podcasts-online learning) that introduces the latest insights of culture, brain and mind sciences to those living and working interculturally. You will gain a deeper understanding of the psychology of intercultural experiences, including: culture and cognition, biases, and deep culture learning and transformation. You will learn to be a more insightful interculturalist and learn how to encourage intercultural learning in others. Joseph Shaules and Yvonne van der Pol are your facilitators.

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