Expat Focus London Charity Fundraising Dinner


Events - 2014

On Friday the 24th of October 2014, Expat Focus held an inaugural charity fundraising dinner for expats living in London.

The aim of the event was threefold: firstly, to help people who have recently moved to London meet other expats and make friends; secondly, to raise money for the Central London branch of the Samaritans, a charitable organisation providing confidential support for people feeling suicidal or experiencing emotional distress; thirdly, to raise awareness among the expat community of the work the Samaritans do, both in London and throughout the UK.

The Boat Trip and Dinner

The fundraising dinner took place on board the Prince Regent, a canal boat docked at London's Little Venice moorings. Thirty-four guests were present on the night, representing a wide range of countries from Burma to South Africa.   more ...

  Make The Most Of Your Time In Argentina - 5 Things To Try Before Returning Home


Articles - Argentina

Argentina is a country with an interesting culture, attractive natural landscape and a rich cuisine. Apart from cultural activities and eating out, there’s also a thriving nightlife and abundant shopping opportunities. There are plenty of things to do and see in Argentina, but we've narrowed down the list to just 5 things you must try before returning home.

Visit Iguazú Falls

The spectacular Iguazú Falls is located in the province of Misiones, in the north easternmost part of Argentina. It stretches across the border into Brazil and while the Iguazú River runs much of its course in Brazil, the falls lie on the Argentinian side.   more ...

  Moving to Canada? Learn What Makes It Such A Great Expat Destination


Articles - Canada

Canada has always performed remarkably well in measures of well-being. It scores highly on criteria such as safety, health, housing and income and remains one of the most popular expat destinations in the world. Expats moving to Canada can expect to experience a multicultural community that is friendly and welcoming towards foreigners. Here are some of the reasons why Canada is such a great expat destination.

Strong job market

The Canadian employment market has remained largely unaffected by global economic factors and expats with adequate experience and skills are able to find lucrative employment quite easily.   more ...

  Where Do Expats Choose To Live In Australia? An Overview Of Popular Locations


Articles - Australia

Property prices witnessed a boom in Australia during the latter part of 2013. Many expat investors and homeowners found it a lucrative time to buy property due to lower interest rates and an atmosphere of improved confidence about the country’s property market. Here are some Australian locations that are popular among expats.

Gold Coast, Queensland

With a population of about 600,000 people, Gold Coast is a highly populated city and has also experienced the most growth among the cities of Queensland.   more ...

  What Are The Health Risks For Expats In Hong Kong?


Articles - Hong Kong

Expats living in Hong Kong are generally safe and not at risk for any major health complications. But expats planning to relocate should consult their doctor beforehand and inquire if there are any recommended vaccinations or preventive medications. It is also important to ensure that all routine vaccinations and boosters are up to date. Here are some of the health risks that expats may face in Hong Kong.

Avian influenza

The influenza outbreak caused by the H5N1 virus in 1997 became a global concern due to concern over its spread to other parts of the world. Until then the virus was known to only infect birds.   more ...

  Using The Healthcare System In Costa Rica - A Short Guide For Expats


Articles - Costa Rica

Costa Rica is known to have one of the best healthcare systems in Latin America and the life expectancy of the population is among the highest in the world. Both public and private healthcare is undergoing continuous modernization with new equipment, new techniques and improved training. The best part is that the costs still remain low when compared to the United States and European Union countries. Here are some highlights of the healthcare system in Costa Rica.

Government-run healthcare

Under Costa Rica’s universal healthcare system, every citizen is eligible for health coverage through the public system. This is funded by employee income tax amounting to 9 percent. There is also employer contribution, which is variable. Public healthcare is available to citizens regardless of pre-existing health issues and the extent of the medical care required.   more ...

  Useful Job Hunting Tips For Expats Moving To Germany


Articles - Germany

Finding employment in a foreign country can seem daunting, as there may be differences in the nature of the job market, labor laws and cultural norms. Some expats may be posted abroad by their company, in which case the process is much easier. But for those who need to find a job on their own or accompanying spouses who prefer to work while abroad, the process can be a little more challenging. The German job market offers lucrative opportunities for qualified professionals. Here are some tips to increase your chances of securing worthwhile employment in Germany.   more ...

  Shopping For The First Time In Brazil? Here's What You Need To Know


Articles - Brazil

While Brazil may not be among the most popular shopping destinations in the world, the number and variety of shopping spots available in the country will come as a pleasant surprise to expats and tourists. Some of the top boutiques are located in the cities like Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, while Salvador is the place to go for great bargains. You can find everything here in Brazil, from jewelry and clothes to leather products and crafts. Even the smaller cities and towns have busy markets that sell regional goods.

São Paulo

From local handicrafts to international boutiques, you can find it all in São Paulo.   more ...

  A Month In The Life Of An English Writer In Tuscany - October Reflections


June Finnigan
Columnists - June Finnigan

The continuing adventures of June Finnigan, her Man, and Farty Barty the cat.

Benvenuti to all my Loyal and New Followers

Here in beautiful Tuscany, the first week in October heralds the buying up of loads of winter plants to cheer up the pots that are now in need of refreshing. So on the first Saturday morning, we dropped down to Certaldo’s fruit, veg and plant market to check out our lovely plant lady. She loaded us up with trays of clematis, pansies and heathers and threw in a few freebies as is her wont.   more ...

  Joanna Newman, Veliko Turnovo


Joanna Newman
Expat Experiences - Bulgaria

Hi I am Joanna Newman. I was a wife, as well as a mother & nana, when I moved here but I am now single. Not sure who I am right now as I am re-evaluating this very question. I am though the face behind "The Secret Garden Tea Room" which raise money for charities in Bulgaria.

I have lived permanently in the Veliko Turnovo area of Bulgaria for 6 years after owning property here for 3 years previously.

I moved here with my husband after we fell in love with the country & the simplicity of life here.   more ...

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