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How To Immerse Yourself In A Language Before Moving To A New Country

Posted on Wednesday May 04, 2016 (05:20:19)
(c) Pabak Sarkar
Learning a language can be one of the most daunting things an adult can do. As children we are able to quickly pick up on subtle rules of grammar and a whole dictionary of vocabulary without too much effort. But as we get older our brains find it hard to make new connections and increasingly work in whichever language we use the most.   more ...


Interview With Allana Da Graca, Expat Author

Posted on Wednesday May 04, 2016 (04:40:29)
Dr. Allana Da Graca
Allana, tell us a bit about yourself and how you came to be an expat.

My name is Dr. Allana Da Graca and I relocated to Portugal in 2014 to experience the lifestyle and culture of this beautiful community. I also have in-laws who reside in Europe so the thought of living in Portugal was exciting! I always had hopes of living in another country and when this opportunity arose my husband and I decided to relocate abroad.   more ...


Ten Things Being An Expat Will Teach You About Yourself

Posted on Tuesday May 03, 2016 (08:35:35)
(c) Nattu on Flickr
Living abroad will change you. Things you used to hold dear will seem irrelevant and things you never worried about will quickly become important.

Taking someone out of their ‘natural habitat’ and surrounding them with another culture is going to expose them to a whole range of new experiences, without the stabilising effect of the familiar. Culture shock isn’t just about exposure to a new way of life, but also the absence of what was a familiar constant.   more ...


Why Moving To Malaysia Will Bring You Better Career Satisfaction

Posted on Monday May 02, 2016 (05:16:05)
(c) pexels.com
Getting an offer to work in another country is bound to be a very exciting prospect. It could give you the chance to boost your profile, realize your ambitions, and build a new life for yourself as well as your loved ones. However, it is important to remember that adjusting to a foreign place isn’t always a great experience, personally and professionally.   more ...


Canada - Recommended Blogs

Posted on Saturday April 30, 2016 (07:49:27)
At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at Canada and some of the blogs that might be useful for expats there.

Eat. Live. Travel. Write.

Now calling Toronto home, Australian Mardi somehow manages to fit in a full-time job teaching French, running cooking classes for young lads, contributing freelance foodie articles and teaching French pastry techniques.   more ...

Netherlands (Holland)

Thinking About Moving To The Netherlands? Read This First

Posted on Friday April 29, 2016 (08:17:07)
(c) tpsdave on pixabay
The Kingdom of the Netherlands, usually known simply as the Netherlands, is one of the most popular expat destinations around the world and particularly in Europe. This small country is among the most densely populated, but it’s also one of the most stable and well-developed. The Netherlands is famous as a liberal and progressive nation, with open and tolerant attitudes to everything from same-sex marriage to abortion to cultural diversity.   more ...


What Are The Happiest Expat Destinations?

Posted on Friday April 29, 2016 (07:44:35)
(c) Ggia on Wikipedia
When Bhutan’s use of “gross national happiness” as their main development indicator began gaining worldwide attention roughly a decade ago, it was a new and rather surprising concept. However, over the last few years, there has been more and more discussion around the world, both in the media and in political circles, about happiness and quality of life.   more ...


Ten Common Life Goals That Are Easier To Accomplish As An Expat

Posted on Wednesday April 27, 2016 (08:31:19)
(c) Josef Grunig
The bucket list is a funny thing. Even the most cynical grouch has a secret list of things they hope to achieve before they check out. Most of us have carefully curated lists of ambitions that are just out of reach but still feasibly achievable.

Which makes it all the more tragic that so few of us spend the time, or make the effort, to tick off items from the most personal of shopping lists.   more ...


Belgium - Recommended Blogs

Posted on Tuesday April 26, 2016 (08:31:48)
(c) Wouter Hagens on Wikipedia
At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at Belgium and some of the blogs that might be useful for expats there.

La Petite Rose à Bruxelles

Currently wrestling with being allocated the 'expat wife' label, La Petite Rose à Bruxelles is tracing Charlotte's new expat life in the Belgian capital.   more ...


Why Hiring An Expat Manager Is The Best Idea For Your Business

Posted on Monday April 25, 2016 (08:32:02)
(c) ashrafhage on Wikipedia
Globalization has had a huge impact on almost all aspects of life, even business and employment. Today, a majority of organizations function on a universal platform and are required to deal with clients, partners, investors and suppliers from around the world on a day to day basis. Uniformity in universal operations has become the key to the success of any product or service. It has therefore become quite beneficial for multinational establishments to hire executives and managers from different countries.   more ...

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