How Expats Celebrate Christmas Around the World

22 December, 2008 18:41  EasyExpat EasyExpat

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Christmas is a time for getting together – spending time with loved ones, cooking and sharing food, and of course, the exchanging of gifts.  But how does the expat community spend Christmas away from home?  What’s the best present to send if you’re living offshore and how can you keep in touch during the busy holiday season?

HSBC Bank International has looked into how Christmas is celebrated in popular expat locations across the world and found some surprising similarities. To help celebrate Christmas the Bank is giving expats a chance to win £1000 in gift vouchers to keep the giving going in 2009. Readers can enter the prize draw by visiting Christmas Prize Draw and detailing their experiences of a Christmas abroad. No purchase is necessary and the lucky winner will be randomly chosen on 30 January 2009.

Christmas in Dubai

Christmas time for expats living in Dubai is similar to the experience shared in the UK– spending the day with family and a big lunch.  Expats who do not have any family in the city meet their friends for a festive feast in one of the many five-star hotels.  Hoteliers make an extra effort to put on special meals, decorations and even a Christmas tree, which is often shipped in from Europe. (More)

   


Christmas traditions around the world

19 December, 2008 17:41  EasyExpat EasyExpat

There’s more to Christmas than Christmas trees, gifts, Santa Claus, reindeers and mistletoes. Read on to find out more about some of the traditions associated with Christmas around the world. (More)

   


Top Tips for Expat Christmas Giving

17 December, 2008 22:24  EasyExpat EasyExpat

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Article sponsored by HSBC 

Sending gifts home from far off locations can be a real nightmare for expats. So, what’s the best way to get presents to friends and family at Christmas?  HSBC Bank International has looked at some ways to make sending christmas gifts home a little simpler at this busy time.

To help celebrate the Christmas season the Bank is also giving expats a chance to win £1000 of gift vouchers for Amazon.com to keep the giving going in 2009. Readers can enter the prize draw by visiting the Christmas Prize Draw and detailing their experiences of a Christmas abroad. No purchase is necessary and the lucky winner will be randomly chosen on 30 January 2009. (More)

   


Top 10 European Ski Resorts

04 December, 2008 17:58  EasyExpat EasyExpat

Ski resortPlanning a ski vacation but not sure where to go? This article features some ski resorts that are popular amongst both, professionals and hobby skiers alike. From the most spectacular views to the places with the best runs, least waits and deepest powder, read on to find out more about some of the top ski resorts across Europe. (More)

   


Festivals in Europe this December

26 November, 2008 16:13  EasyExpat EasyExpat

Christmas is in the air. Let’s get into the spirit of the season and see what else is happening all across Europe in December.

Clothesshow, Birmingham, England
5th December – 10th December

Calling all fashion addicts! This is the world’s largest fashion and beauty event. Expect world class fashion shows, designs, labels, hair stylists, models, celebrities and endless opportunities to shop. The highlight is the Fashion Theatre, a catwalk show featuring over 40 models and dancers from around the world. (More)

   


Confucius Institute

24 November, 2008 17:43  EasyExpat EasyExpat

In this week’s article, the spotlight is on the Confucius Institute. With the world’s attention on China and its increasing importance in trade, more and more foreigners are trying to learn and understand the Chinese language and culture. According to estimates of the Education Ministry of China, approximately 100 million non-Chinese worldwide will learn Chinese as a foreign language by 2010. This is where the Confucius Institute steps in. As the name suggests, this non-profit public institute aims at promoting the Chinese language and culture across the world. (More)

   


Società Dante Alighieri

11 November, 2008 16:18  EasyExpat EasyExpat

As part of our series on international institutions, today’s article focuses on the Società Dante Alighieri. You can probably guess by the name that this is the institution responsible for spreading and promoting Italian language and culture around the world.

History and growth

The Società Dante Alighieri was formed in Italy in 1889 and named after Dante Alighieri, a pre-Renaissance poet who is considered the father of the Italian language. In 1948, it was restructured so that all chapters of the society had more autonomy and followed their own methods to reach their common goal i.e. the spread of the Italian language and culture around the world. In 2005, along with the British Council, the Goethe Institute the Instituto Cervantes, the Instituto Camões and the Alliance Française, the Societe Dante Alighieri was awarded the Prince of Asturias Award for outstanding achievements in communications and the humanities. (More)

   


Festivals in Europe this November

31 October, 2008 23:17  EasyExpat EasyExpat

It’s getting colder, the days are getting shorter but that’s no reason to stay at home. Here’s what’s happening in Europe this November.

Crossing Border Festival, The Hague, Netherlands
18th November – 22nd November
This is for literature and music lovers. Crossing Borders is an annual event that brings together theatre groups, authors, musicians, artists and bands. Best to get tickets in advance. For more information, check the link below. (More)

   


The British Council

08 October, 2008 21:04  EasyExpat EasyExpat

As part of our series on international institutions, today’s article focuses on the British Council.

The British Council is a non-department public body of the UK government which specializes in educational and development opportunities. Founded in 1934, the main aim of this institution is to build cultural and educational relations between the United Kingdom and other countries. Its overseas network spans across 233 locations in 107 countries and territories. In the UK, it has branch offices in London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Belfast, Cardiff and Cambridge and a headquarters in Spring Gardens.

The British Council has two main sources of income – funding in the form of grants from the governments and income from teaching English. In 2006/2007, it brought in an income of £551m, of which £195m was grants from the British government. (More)

   


Alliance Française - Parlez vous Francais?

30 September, 2008 17:09  EasyExpat EasyExpat

Welcome to the third article in easyexpat’s series on language and cultural institutes. In this issue, the spotlight is on Alliance Française, an organization whose main mission is to promote French outside its own country’s borders.

While most people can manage ‘Bonjour’ or the famous ‘Bon Appetit’, this wasn’t enough for some French lovers. Set up in 1883 by a group of eminent men including the scientist Louis Pasteur and the writers Jules Verne and Ernest Renan, this institution’s aim is to spread the French language throughout the world. A mission well accomplished with a network of over 1071 institutions in 133 countries, from far the largest in the world! From India to Australia, UK to U.S, every year approximately 440,000 students learn a few more French words at one of its many centres. In fact, so great is its success in spreading the French language and culture that in 2005, along with the Societe Dante Alighieri, the British Council, the Goethe Institute, the Instituto Cervantes and the Instituto Camões, the Alliance Française was awarded the Prince of Asturias Award for outstanding achievements in communications and the humanities. (More)

   


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