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Expat Women: WIN Conference 2011: Creating History, Yet Again: Jo Parfitt
WIN Conference 2011
Creating History, Yet Again
Jo Parfitt
This was the 14th annual Women’s International Networking conference and the 9th time I had attended. Each year has a theme, and this time, fittingly for its Rome venue, the theme was “Creating History”. And there we were, in one of the most ancient cities of the world, appreciating and creating not just a new history, but the future...
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Fawco Conference 2011
FAWCO Conference 2011: A Report from the FAWCO (Federation of American Women's Clubs Overseas) Conference in Marrakech, Morocco: 16 - 20 March 2011
Andrea Martins
 
Morocco: home of wonderful spice markets, gorgeous-colored materials in the Medinas, exotic jewelry, shoes straight out of Arabian nights, buildings ornately decorated from floor to ceiling with the most exquisite tiles, delicious food to shake up the senses... it is little wonder that last month's 40th Biennial FAWCO (Federation of American Women's Clubs Overseas) Conference, themed Celebrate Tradition, Embrace Diversity, in Marrakech was so well attended...
 
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Expat Women: The STARS Come Out at FIGT: A Report from the Families in Global Transition (FIGT) Conference: Apple Gidley
The STARS Come Out at FIGT: A Report from the Families in Global Transition (FIGT) Conference, held in Washington DC, March 17-19, 2011
Apple Gidley
 
Two key words came out of the Families in Global Transition (FIGT) Conference in Washington DC last month. The first was focus. The second was STARS - Spouses Travelling and Relocating Successfully, as an alternative to the traditional and not always well-respected term, "trailing spouse".  UK Telegraph blogger and long-time FIGT supporter, Apple Gidley, walks us through the context of these two words at FIGT, plus paints a great overview of the conference...
 
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BlogWorld 2010: 12 Insights From The World's Largest Social Media Convention: Andrea Martins
BlogWorld 2010
12 Insights From The World's Largest Social Media Convention
Andrea Martins
 
In October 2010, I was privileged to attend BlogWorld in Las Vegas with more than 3,000 other attendees. Many big social media names were there, and even Survivor creator Mark Burnett...
 
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Erc Conference, Hong Kong, 2010: Andrea Martins
Worldwide ERC® Conference
March 11-12, 2010 Hong Kong
Andrea Martins
 
Have you ever made a last-minute decision to attend a conference and then found yourself having such a wonderful time you wondered why you had never attended before? Well, that happened to me recently...
 
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Families In Global Transition Conference Highlights 2010: Rebecca Grappo
Families In Global Transition Conference
March 4-6, 2010 Houston, Texas
Rebecca Grappo
 
Imagine a huge convergence of people who represent families who are in, or understand, global transition. One cannot measure the level of energy nor the buzz of excitement that filled the air of the conference center as old friends reunited and new friendships were made...

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Families In Global Transition Conference 2009: Andrea Martins
Families In Global Transition Conference 2009
March 5-7, 2009 Houston, Texas
Andrea Martins
 
This year's FIGT conference was again a reunion of 'like minds'. It sounds cliché, but it is true: most FIGT regulars go back time and time again because they enjoy the camaraderie that exists between 'like-minded' attendees, with whom they can share the international experience – with all of its joys and complexities...
 
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Globe Women Summit: Andrea Martins
Globe Women Summit
5-7 June 2008 Hanoi, Vietnam
Andrea Martins
 
Have you ever wondered what 1,000 women, from 72 economies, would talk about if they were gathered together in the same room? Well, at the recent Globe Women Summit, it certainly was not football, cars or plasma televisions, that's for sure...

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Families In Global Transition Conference Highlights 2008: Robin Pascoe
Families In Global Transition Conference Highlights 2008
Robin Pascoe
 
Last month, FIGT held their 10th anniversary conference in Houston, Texas. More than 200 people attended from all over the world. We talked to loyal attendee Robin Pascoe about what went on behind closed doors this year...

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WIN Forum 2007 - Special Report Part 1 of 2
WIN Forum 2007 - Special Report Part 1 of 2
Andrea Martins
 
The 10th anniversary of WIN's Forum took place this year in Oslo, Norway, and was attended by 700 women from all over the world. The Women's International Networking (WIN) conference brought together some amazing speakers and gave plenty of opportunities for participants to network and share ideas.

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WIN Forum 2007 - Special Report Part 2 of 2
WIN Forum 2007 - Special Report Part 2 of 2
Andrea Martins
 
Last month, we shared with you why 700 women flew to Oslo in the last week of September. To find out more news and inspirational stories from the 10th anniversary W.I.N. (Women's International Networking) 2007 conference in Norway, take a look at this second instalment of our two-part report from Andrea.

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ERC Conference 2007
ERC Conference 2007
Jill Lengré
 
The Global Workforce Symposium is held in the fall each year, and brings together workforce mobility professionals from around the globe, providing an opportunity for higher learning, benchmarking, and networking. The conference offers sessions focusing on international assignment issues, as well as U.S. domestic workforce mobility issues.

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Families in Global Transition (FIGT) Conference Highlights 2007
Families in Global Transition (FIGT) Conference Highlights 2007
Andrea Martins & Jill Lengré
 
As expected, the 8th annual Families in Global Transition Conference brought together a wealth of expatriate experience from all around the globe. Expats, repats, HR coordinators of expatriates, international schools, researchers, and a wide range of service providers gathered for three days in Houston.

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Global Summit of Women Concludes
Globe Women 2007
 
On Saturday, the 13th Global Summit of Women closed in Berlin. "This year's Summit achieved its mission – and went beyond," said Summit President Irene Natividad. "It provided a forum for best practices in women's economic and social advancement to 1000 women from 95 countries, an accomplishment no other conference can claim.

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eWomenNetwork 2007 International Conference
Ursula Kauth
 
From June 7-10th, I joined 2000 other DARING, DETERMINED AND DYNAMIC women who gathered for an International Conference & Business Expo in Dallas, Texas. It was an awesome, educational, and highly informative conference.

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10 Most Important Things to Look for in the Campus Visit – Especially If You Live Overseas: Rebecca Grappo
10 Most Important Things To Look For In The Campus Visit
Rebecca Grappo
 
For families that live abroad, unless they have a magic carpet, or unlimited time and funds, it is very difficult to visit all of the boarding schools or colleges/ universities that a student might be interested in offshore, or back "home"...

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A Global Nomad's Guide To College Applications: Kristina Dooley
A Global Nomad's Guide To College Applications
Kristina Dooley
 
Families whose children have spent their school-age years living abroad can often reach a state of frustration or panic when embarking on the college application process. Questions abound such as: "Will my child's transcripts make sense to the admissions committee?", "Will they understand...

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TCKs and College/University: From Overseas to Undergrad: Rebecca Grappo
TCKs and College / University: From Overseas to Undergrad
Rebecca Grappo, M.Ed
 
Third Culture Kids (TCKs) who have grown up overseas and many times are going to live in the country of their passport for the first time, or at least the first time in a very long time, face special considerations when looking for the right fit and match in higher education...

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Preparing to Study Abroad - The Logistics of Packing, Researching, and Planning: Brian Freedman
Preparing to Study Abroad - The Logistics of Packing, Researching, and Planning
Brian Freedman
 
The hardest part of the study abroad experience -- more difficult than any potential culture-shock, more taxing than any amount of time you'll spend away from that new girlfriend or boyfriend you've recently fallen so deeply in love with -- is preparing ...

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Gap Years: Myths & Tips: Jenny Early
Gap Years: Myths & Tips
Jenny Early
Taking a Gap Year is an increasingly popular way of gaining experience and seeing the world. From voluntary work to backpacking, there are so many options these days. There are numerous companies catering specifically for each type of Gap Year student. Gap Year student Jenny Early talks us through some Gap Year myths and tips...

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No One Said It Would Be Easy: Jenny Early
No One Said It Would Be Easy
Settling-In To An International School
Jenny Early
 
My short sojourn in an international school taught me so much more than I was expecting. There is always something torturous about moving to a new school. There are new rules to adhere to, new friendship groups to break into, new teachers to adapt to...

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Expat Women: Caring For Aging Parents Back Home: The Expat Dilemma: Sue Lane
Caring For Aging Parents Back Home: The Expat Dilemma
Sue Lane
 
Finding the perfect home and school can be the focus when organizing a family transfer overseas. But all too quickly, with the many last minute tasks requiring completion, the needs of aging parents left behind can sometimes be forgotten…
 
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10 Ways to Boost Your (Relocation) Brand Online: Andrea Martins
10 Ways to Boost Your (Relocation) Brand Online
Reprinted with permission of Worldwide ERC®, from the August 2010 issue of MOBILITY
Andrea Martins
 
Relocated families love the Internet. It feeds their need for information about new destinations and keeps them “connected” with friends and family when their companies transfer them thousands of miles from home. Logic follows then that if your relocation-related business is trying to tap into the valuable online relocation market, you need to be online media savvy...

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Culture Shock: It's A Good Thing
Culture Shock
It's A Good Thing
Ines Hofmann
 
 
Cathy was a lawyer in the United States, but when she accompanied her husband to Frankfurt she suffered from culture shock and every small step outside of her apartment seemed to be a great effort. Strange, this might seem to some, given that Cathy had been working as a competent lawyer in the US just a few months ago...

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Making Expat Websites Work For Your Business: Andrea Martins
Making Expat Websites Work For Your Business
Andrea Martins
 
 
Expatriates love the internet: it provides essential information for those facing a daunting move abroad. It makes sense therefore that if you are in the business of servicing internationally-mobile employees and families, you need to be expat-website-savvy to best reach your target customers...

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Coaching Tips for a Successful Relocation: Piercarla Garusi
Coaching Tips for a Successful Relocation
Piercarla Garusi
Moving to a new country can be very demanding - there is not only the physical removal to organise, but also a new accommodation to find, a new job, perhaps a new school or university, perhaps a new language to learn. Not to mention the strain of leaving behind friends, family and familiarity...

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Low Cost, High Impact Strategies for Supporting Internationally Mobile Families: Tina Quick
Low Cost, High Impact Strategies for Supporting Internationally Mobile Families
Tina Quick
 
 
Many organizations, particularly non-profit and humanitarian aid organizations, acknowledge that they need to support their internationally mobile families better, but imagine that doing so requires a much larger budget than what they have available. This is not always true...

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Celebrating Two Great Expat Volunteers
Celebrating Two Great Expat Volunteers
Anne Ponti-Riggins & Pamela Musselman
 
Be inspired by the stories of Anne Ponti-Riggins and Pamela Musselman: two women whose volunteer efforts abroad exemplify some of our incredible, selfless, unsung expat heroines abroad...

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Consider the Options
Consider The Options
Jill Lengre
 
Women of all ages are volunteering their time abroad. As you begin exploring possibilities, it is important to know yourself and consider the kind of overseas volunteer experience you want to have.

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Three Women Volunteers
Three Women Volunteers
Cecile Chappey
 
These three women decided to help others by volunteering overseas and enriched their lives. Starting with Erin... Erin Duffy left the United States in April 2006 in order to spend a year to work in an elementary school in Tonsupa, Ecuador. She teaches English and Physical Education). The school walls of the school are made of bamboo with dirt floors and an outhouse for a bathroom...

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Volunteering Overseas: When Traveling Abroad Makes a Difference
Volunteering Overseas: When Traveling Abroad Makes a Difference
Leyla Ayse
 
Each year, thousands take to the road not just to see the world, but to become a meaningful part of it by becoming volunteers. And there's no stopping them – mothers, daughters, young and old, single and married – volunteering can be for anyone.

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Expat Women: Confessions – 50 Answers to Your Real-Life Questions about Living Abroad