My life abroad: A selection of expat stories
We are proud to publish for the first time in paperback a selection of those expat stories that you can read every week on BlogExpat.com.
Selecting and compiling those interviews has been a long task but also a lot of fun with the variety of anecdotes and experiences that so many expats have shared with us.
We hope that you will enjoy the book and share with all the past, current and future expats and friends that you know!
Expat Health Insurance: Getting the right package!
Article sponsored by APRIL International
1) What is the local healthcare system like?
If you’re travelling to the United States, Canada or the UK, you should be aware that the cost of healthcare in these countries is sometimes exorbitant.
In the UK for example, the healthcare system is split in two: the National Health Service (public system) and the private sector. The National Health Service provides free care but waiting times can be very long. (More)
Brexit and the implications on exchange rates
It’s a historic moment that will change the course of history for the people of the UK. For the last 43 years the UK has been a member of the EU which has shaped the way they trade, travel and interact with our neighbour economies. Since last Friday, this is all about to change.
The UK have made the decision to withdraw from the EU, undoing decades of economic, social and political foundations. Today is the first time in history any country might invoke article 50 of the Lisbon treaty, the UK is the first country ever willing to withdraw its membership from the EU.
David Cameron made his speech on Friday 24th and has announced he will be resigning in October.
With so much uncertainty ahead in terms of how political and economic uncertainties go, how will Sterling cope with such a huge change in direction?
Picture: Result of the referendum by regional voting areas.
Blue= Majority Leave votes;
Yellow= Majority Remain votes.
How bi- or multilingualism benefits MBA graduates and employers
If you’ve recently graduated with an MBA and are now looking for an exciting new job then you are not alone. While the competition for good jobs has always been fierce it seems to be getting even more intense. This means that recent MBA graduates need to add to their skillsets in order to make themselves a more desirable employee with a competitive edge that will help them stand out from the crowd.
Many experts and employers agree that one of the most highly marketable and valuable skills is bilingualism or — better yet — multilingualism. In an increasingly global economy, the executive who has the ability to communicate across cultures will be highly sought after by companies looking to expand their corporate boundaries. (More)
Guide for expatriates in Manila (Philippines)
We are proud to launch our new city guide for expatriates in Manila, Philippines.
The Philippines, Pearl of the Orient Seas, is known for its white sand beaches and hospitable people.
The country is only a few hours away by plane to Taiwan and Hong Kong in the north, Indonesia in the south, Malaysia and Singapore in the southwest, and Cambodia and Vietnam in the west. (More)
Being expat gave me opportunity and made me unique
Claudia is an American who moved with her Cypriot husband and two young children to Cyprus eight years ago. Her MBA in Corporate Finance did little for her on the island nation, so she reached deep and got imaginative. With a bit of ingenuity and dumb luck, she dusted off her experience as an actress and landed her dream job as a Radio Show personality. (More)
How the British EU Referendum could impact British expatriates abroad
On Thursday 23rd June 2016 the UK will vote either to remain in or leave the European Union. How will the EU Referendum impact the UK and what are the potential implications of a ‘Brexit’ for British expats. Despite all the talk from both the ‘leave’ and ‘stay’ camp it’s still not clear as to how expats will be affected, however this article offers insight into the possibilities, discussing factors such as healthcare, taxes and exchange rates. (More)
Guide for expatriates in Kingston (Jamaica)
We are proud to launch our new city guide for expatriates in Kingston, Jamaica.
Jamaica is an island in the Caribbean, just south of Cuba. On a clear day, you may see the tip of Cuba from Jamaica's north coast. The island is the third largest of the Caribbean with land area of nearly 11,000 sq km.
The country is divided into 12 parishes - each with a parish capital or main town. The capital city of Jamaica is Kingston, in the parish of the same name. Montego Bay in St James is the other city in Jamaica.
Kingston and St Andrew are two of the most urbanized parishes, and the people have a way to refer to both as Kingston. Most of the area between them, i.e. Kingston and urban St Andrew, is what is called the Kingston Metropolitan Area (KMA).
A little over a quarter (28%) of the 1.3 MN labour force of Jamaica is from Kingston and St Andrew. This is just about the same for the proportion (29%) of the employed labour force from those parishes. Most of the employment in the KMA is in trading, one of the key drivers of the national economy.
You will find the usual articles in our guide to prepare your expatriation to Kingston and manage your life once in there: Overview, Job, Passport, Visa & Permits, International Removal Companies, Finding Accommodation in Jamaica, Work, Benefits and Tax, Moving in, Education, Health, Practical Life (banks, transport, shopping...), Entertainment...
You can also discuss and share experience about Jamaica in our forum.
Last but not least, you can download the full guide in PDF format, in order to read quietly and maybe to upload on your mobile or tablet PC/iPad.
International health insurance: what coverage is provided?
Article sponsored by APRIL International
An international health insurance solution offers various benefits, specially designed for people spending over a year abroad. Though some benefits are essential, others can be selected depending on your needs and situation. Learn about what kind of benefits may be included in your policy!
This is THE essential benefit of any international health insurance solution! You can decide to cover all or part of your healthcare expenses abroad (hospitalisation, routine healthcare, optical and dental care). (More)
Happy New Year 2016
We wish you all a very happy year 2016!
We are looking forward to see you again soon on EasyExpat.com!