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Moving Overseas And Cultural Adjustment...
Checklists For Planning Your Move...
International Insurance...
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Research Your Relocation: What Resources Help Make The Most Successful Move?
Research Your Relocation: What Resources Help Make The Most Successful Move?
Expat Arrivals
 
Whatever the reason and no matter the destination, relocation should be handled with care – both before you bubble wrap your boxes and even well after the dust has settled on the runway. Research is paramount to preparing for the move beforehand and tantamount to easing adjustment after arrival, and knowing what resources are right for each phase of relocation is key...

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Repatriation: Tips And Advice To Ease The Transition
Repatriation: Tips And Advice To Ease The Transition
Dana Frost
 
Filled with anticipation and expectation, we go home after living abroad, never imagining that it could be more difficult than the countries and cultures we have manoeuvred in foreign lands. But the real journey 'home' is an emotional and mental marathon that in reality is not so...

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To Relocate Or Not To Relocate?
To Relocate Or Not To Relocate?
Louise Wiles
 
According to JustLanded.com, currently over 200 million people worldwide are living abroad... But not every assignment or relocation abroad results in happy and fulfilled lives... Of course, it is impossible for everything to work out well for everyone all of the time, but...

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What To Do If Your Ageing Parents Are Hospitalized While You Are Abroad
What To Do If Your Ageing Parents Are Hospitalized While You Are Abroad
Jane Allison Austin
 
I know what a joy it is to live overseas – and I also know the difficulty of living 3000 miles away from an ailing, aging mother, even if you are living in the same country. If you are living abroad and your parents are aging back home, it is important to prepare yourself before a crisis hits...

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7 Habits of a Happy Expat
7 Habits Of A Happy Expat
Margarita Gokun Silver
 
Ever wondered what makes some expatriates happy and others not so happy? Margarita Gokun Silver, the Founder of the Global Coach Center, a coaching firm that specializes in Cross-Cultural Coaching and Training, gives us her seven habits that make a happy expat...

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Courage To Fly
Courage To Fly
Robin Fay McNair
 
On every flight, while some passengers are excitedly browsing through their in-flight movie guide, other passengers are fighting their inner fear of flying and thinking things like: "Look out!", " The plane is going to fall out of the sky and crash", "I will be trapped and screaming for my life", "I cannot stand it, I will end up going crazy!"...

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Expat Networking: Helping You Improve the Success of Expat Assignments
Expat Networking: Helping You Improve The Success Of Expat Assignments
Andrea Martins and Jill Lengré
 
In an era of high global mobility, many professionals are searching for ways in which to boost both the success rate of their companies' expat assignments and the retention rate of those same repatriating employees. Martins and Lengré suggest expat networking as a solution.

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The Top 10 iPod Applications For Travelers And Expats
Top 10 iPod Applications For Travelers And Expats
Sarah Novak
 
We all know that having the right tools is critical for success in any endeavor. Sarah shares with us how to leverage up-and-coming iPod technology to smooth out those rough points in your overseas adventures...

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Overseas Job Search Tips
Overseas Job Search Tips
Andrea Martins
 
1. Get the correct work visas and permits.
2. Check that local employers can hire you.
3. Set realistic salary expectations
4. Follow up your job application with a phone call
5. Network as much as possible.

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Feng Shui Your Way
Feng Shui Your Way To Relocation Success
Samantha Honey
 
What woman does not wish for herself and her family a smooth transition into a new home – and wish to find herself and those she loves in an environment that feels welcoming, relaxing and healthy? Whether you have a choice in the home you move to... whether you like the place instantly upon entering, or dread returning to those four walls every day...

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Picking The Right Removal Company
Picking The Right Removal Company
Rob Fenn
 
Moving abroad is undoubtedly an exciting experience, but one element people often do not enjoy is the planning stage of moving their belongings to their new home. Moving abroad has added complications, so there are a few things you should do before picking a removal company for the job...

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Top Tips for Getting Your Visa: No Matter Where You Plan to Migrate
Top Tips for Getting Your Visa: No Matter Where You Plan to Migrate
Mark Johnstone
 
Ever fancied a life overseas? Well, chances are that you will need a visa. Moving to a new country can be a complex as well as daunting prospect and if there is one thing that can shatter your dream move, it is failing to obtain that all-important visa...

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Women On Overseas Assignments
http://www.interchangeinstitute.org/
A study of women expatriates from around the world - their reflections on what their companies are doing to maximize their adjustment at work and at home.
 
Six Job-Search Tips For Expatriate Spouses
http://online.wsj.com/public/page/news-career-jobs.html
With the increase in the number of dual-earner couples around the world, spousal employment is a problem more transferees are facing. This article includes six job search tips to help expatriate spouses find the best way to secure employment.
 
Ensure an Overseas Stint Will Accelerate Your Career
http://online.wsj.com/public/page/news-career-jobs.html
Failing to plan ahead can stall your career, while taking initiative early on is likely to enhance it.
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Expat Bloggers Are Going Pro: Maria Foley
Expat Bloggers Are Going Pro
Maria Foley
 
Years ago, bloggers tended to write only for pleasure. However, the sophistication of many of today's blogs... has meant many bloggers are now trying to generate an income from their blog...

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Silver Sponsor: Clements Worldwide: Articles: Social Networking In The Expatriate World: Clements Worldwide
Social Networking In The Expatriate World
Clements Worldwide
 
When you think of social networking, what's the first thing that comes to mind? Is it business cards and cocktail parties, or online profiles and status updates?

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Successful Blogging: 5 Steps to Planning a Successful Blog: Annabel Candy
Successful Blogging: 5 Steps to Planning a Successful Blog
Annabel Candy
 
Learn from Annabel Candy – a serial expat woman and a blogger who, as a result of her blog, was unexpectedly flown recently to Shanghai by Coca-Cola to offer her advice on social media...

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Expat Blogging: What's in it for Me?
Expat Blogging: What's in it for Me?
Maria Foley
 
Expat Blogs typically document the ups and downs of the expat experience. In doing so, they not only enlighten and entertain their readership, but they provide tangible benefits for bloggers themselves...

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Stumbling Along...
Stumbling Along...
Jenny Early
 
The internet can be a dreadful bore. You visit the same old websites day in day out, whether from habit or necessity. Finding something new and interesting in the net's plethora of pages can be a real chore. How on earth do you sift through it all to find something you really want to see, without trailing through all of the junk as well?

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What is a Blog?
What Is A Blog?
Andrea Martins
 
The term "blog" is blend of the words web and log (web log). Blogs provide commentary or news on a particular subject, such as food, politics, or local news and some function as more personal online diaries.

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10 Tips for Expat Women Blogging
 
Here are ten tips to help you get started blogging in wherever country you are living.

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Top 6 Fun Ways To Learn A Foreign Language: Using Music, Radio, TV and Movies
Top 6 Fun Ways To Learn A Foreign Language
Susanna Zaraysky
 
Have you ever heard a song on the radio that you have not heard in years and you surprise yourself by singing all the lyrics? Music and catchy jingles can stick in our minds for years, while verb conjugation charts and memorized data disappear. So put down your textbooks and turn on...

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The Truth About Language Learning: Myths, Facts, and Strategies for Success: Laura Sicola
The Truth About Language Learning: Myths, Facts, and Strategies for Success
Laura Sicola
 
For a large number of us, life abroad often requires learning a new language. Yet many believe they are too old to start a new language, fear that the task is too big, or simply are convinced – usually from an unpleasant experience in high school – that they are simply not good language learners. To all three, I say: untrue!

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How to Say "I Love You" in More Then 100 Different Languages: Bob Jacobsen
How to Say "I Love You" in More Then 100 Different Languages
Bob Jacobsen
 
A long list to help you express your love in more than 100 languages.

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Selecting The Best Language School For Your Needs: David Neehly
Selecting The Best Language School For Your Needs
David Neehly
 
Some people decide to work abroad, some decide to study abroad, some just want to learn a foreign language, or just need to brush up on their current skills. There are any number of reasons that people what to learn a second language.

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Language Learning Tips
Language Learning Tips
AskOxford.com

1. Find out what kind of learner you are
2. Work at your own pace
3. Why not learn with someone else?
4. Remember that you can go a long way with just a little language
5. Language learning is also about intuition
6. Don't get stuck a word you don't know
7. Speak, speak, speak!
8. Build up your vocabulary
9. Get the right tool
10. Get used to hearing everyday language at normal speed

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10 Tips To Help You Settle-In Abroad
10 Tips To Help You Settle-In Abroad
upack.com
 
Whether relocating permanently, or just traveling abroad for an extended period of time for work, moving to a different country can be a difficult time. There is definitely a level of excitement, but, as with any change in scenery, there will also certainly be a readjustment period. Getting used to new surroundings and a new culture can be tough, especially if you are going at it alone...
 
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Cultural Iceberg: A Metaphor For Transitioning Into A New Culture
Cultural Iceberg: A Metaphor For Transitioning Into A New Culture
Lisa Velazquez
 
Picture an iceberg in your mind. Imagine, you are on a ship sailing towards an iceberg that is off in the distance. Are you primarily occupied with the visible part or do you also wonder about what lies below the surface?
 
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Mind Your Multicultural Manners: It's Good for Business
Mind Your Multicultural Manners: It's Good For Business
Lisa La Valle-Finan
 
Unless you have been living in a cave lately, you are probably experiencing considerable anxiety about the global economic crisis. This emotion is immediately followed by further panic when recruiters or employers are asking you to 'go global' to make yourself more marketable. That is if you still have a job...

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Cultural Considerations
Cultural Considerations
Thunderbird
 
1. Symptoms of culture shock Tips for dealing with cultural change.
2. Tips for dealing with local attitudes & perceptions.
3. Helpful cultural exercises.
4. Considerations when returning home.
 
 
 
Cultural Intelligence: The Tool To Being Culture-Savvy
Cultural Intelligence: The Tool To Being Culture-Savvy
Margarita Gokun Silver
 
Cultural intelligence takes a more individual approach to learning the culture. Here are five steps
Be an active observer
Leave your assumptions and judgmentsat home
Really listen
Be curious
Look for values

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Three Ways to Manage Culture Shock
Three Ways To Manage Culture Shock
Margarita Gokun Silver
 
All of us at one time or another probably experienced the phenomenon that's widely regarded as culture shock. I have named the five stages with more friendly terms. This way we can see that they are merely examples of how we look at our relationship with another culture.

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Tips To Help Families Moving Overseas: Marcia De Wolf
Tips To Help Families Moving Overseas
Marcia De Wolf

Regardless of the location, an expat posting inevitably affects family relationships. The good thing is that they mostly change for the better. Families who put in the extra effort are typically rewarded with closeness between family members that is stronger than ever before...

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Intercultural Communication Institute (ICI)
http://www.intercultural.org
The Intercultural Communication Institute (ICI) is a nonprofit charity with the mission of fostering an awareness and appreciation of cultural difference in both the international and domestic arenas offering training and development on Intercultural Communication, a non-residential Master program, as well as assessment services.
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Home Inventory
Home Inventory
Jill Lengré
 
You know you are heading abroad: the date has been set. Now the fun part: preparing the move and paperwork. Most countries expect a list of the possessions that you will be shipping and the relocation company also must have list to organize the insurance on your move. So its time to make a home inventory ...

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Electric Power Around The World
http://kropla.com/electric2.htm
This website summarizes information on the electrical systems in use in most countries of the world.
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10 Things You Need To Know About International Auto Insurance
10 Things You Need To Know About International Auto Insurance
Clements Worldwide
 
Finding the right auto insurance in your own country can be challenging enough - getting coverage abroad can cause even more confusion. To help keep you informed, we've compiled a list of the most important things you need to know to protect you and your vehicle, no matter what happens on the road...

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Abu Dhabi On His Own
Abu Dhabi On His Own
Andrew Apps
 
There seems to be a growing trend for international companies to expect their employees to take on shorter-term assignments abroad which separate them from their partners and families. Usually it is still the woman who is left at home to worry: What if he gets sick or injured? How are we going to communicate with each other if he does? And how are we going to pay for it?

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Peace of Mind for Your Family
Peace of Mind for Your Family
Alison Massey
 
If you are living or working in a strange country with your family, especially with young children, you'll certainly not want to take risks with healthcare provision.

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What to Look for when Choosing International Health Insurance
What to Look For When Choosing International Health Insurance
Alison Massey
 
If you live or work abroad, buying healthcare cover will be one of your first priorities. But, short of becoming a leading authority on the ins and outs of medical provision in your new country of residence, how do you make the right decisions about insurance for you and your family?

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Insurance for the Modern Explorer
Insurance For The Modern Explorer
Clements Worldwide
 
Magellan set sail years before the idea of insurance was ever created, and never had the opportunity to benefit from this modern concept, but today you have a wide variety of choices in coverage to help you on your journey.

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Healthcare for the Family in Eastern Europe
Healthcare For The Family In Eastern Europe
Andrew Apps
 
As the EU expands eastwards a new confidence is emerging within the economies of Eastern Europe driven by a growing middle class. As a result countries such as Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia are becoming sought after as second-home destinations and also seeing an influx of more and more expatriate workers from the UK and Western Europe. So how are the new immigrants served by the medical infrastructure?

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Street Smarts Equal Safety How to Not Be a Target for Kidnappers
Street Smarts Equal Safety
Clements Worldwide
 
The boogie man. Monsters under the bed. Things that go bump in the night. When you were young, there were plenty of things to fear. But you also knew a nightlight, a quick check under the bed, and some reassuring words from your parents were the right precautions to take to make sure you got a safe, uninterrupted night's sleep.

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Local Versus International Health Insurance
Local Versus International Health Insurance
Andrew Apps, Aetna Global Benefits
 
Expatriates moving to a new country will look to establish a fresh and local way of life: a new home, new friends, regional food and so on. A local healthcare policy would therefore appear to fit in well with this approach, and it's usually cheaper, but that's until the damage limitation factors start to hit home.

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Expat Women: Family Dispute Resolution, When You Separate Or Divorce Abroad: Jacky Stock
Family Dispute Resolution, When You Separate Or Divorce Abroad
Jacky Stock
 
Separation and divorce happen – both at home and abroad. Such changes can be traumatic and painful for everyone. Especially if you are an expat living abroad and are far away from your extended family and established support networks...
 
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Expat Women: How to Beat the Expat End-of-Summer Blues: Dhyan Summers, MA, Licensed Psychotherapist
How to Beat the Expat End-of-Summer Blues
Dhyan Summers, MA, Licensed Psychotherapist
 
For many expats, August/September is a particularly poignant and difficult time, as we are frequently returning from time spent in our home countries with family and close friends. When we return to our host country, it is not uncommon to find ourselves feeling depressed, lonely and a little out of sorts. Here are six tips for regaining equilibrium and moving from end-of-summer depression to full engagement with our lives abroad...
 
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Expat Women: The Science of Anxiety in New Places: Catherine Transler
The Science of Anxiety in New Places
Catherine Transler
 
Coming to a new place generates mild feelings of oddity in the best case, anxiety for many of us, and for some people, it can induce a panic attack. When I arrived in the Netherlands after one year of living in a hilly and very crowded part of Paris, I was surprised by the immensity of the sky. It felt as if I had never noticed the sky before...
 
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Weight Loss Secrets
Weight Loss Secrets
Vardit Kohn
 
To cover the whole topic of weight loss in just one article is like trying to tie together wet spaghetti - impossible. Being overweight usually has its roots deeply entrenched, which is why losing weight can be such a struggle. If you want to lose weight and keep it off for good, but don’t know how, read on for some new inspiration.
 
 
 
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