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Belgium

An Overview Of International Schools In Belgium

Posted on Monday November 24, 2014 (23:54:23)
Belgium has a variety of childcare and educational facilities that will benefit expat families. Expats can choose to enroll their children in local or international schools. Local schools can lead to better integration into a new culture. International schools, on the other hand, enable children to continue in the same education system once they return to their home country. Here’s an overview of the best international schools in Belgium.

Antwerp International School (AIS)

This co-educational school includes preschool, prekindergarten, kindergarten, elementary, middle and high school.   more ...

United Kingdom (UK)

Dealing With Landlords In London - What Expats Need To Know Before Renting

Posted on Monday November 24, 2014 (23:41:32)
Expats can choose to rent an apartment in London either through a letting agent or privately. Letting agencies usually take care of the framing of the tenancy contract and deposit. The Association of Residential Letting Agents must regulate agents and you can find listings on the association’s website. Those who choose to rent privately need to deal with a landlord. While not all landlords are difficult, there are some who may refuse to abide by the tenancy contract. This occurs due to the fact that landlords in London are unregulated.

Evaluating the property   more ...

Argentina

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

Posted on Monday November 24, 2014 (23:27:28)
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 ...

Canada

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

Posted on Monday November 24, 2014 (23:06:08)
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 ...

Australia

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

Posted on Sunday November 23, 2014 (15:02:14)
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 ...

Hong Kong

What Are The Health Risks For Expats In Hong Kong?

Posted on Sunday November 23, 2014 (14:58:51)
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 ...

Costa Rica

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

Posted on Sunday November 23, 2014 (14:48:14)
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 ...

Germany

Useful Job Hunting Tips For Expats Moving To Germany

Posted on Sunday November 23, 2014 (14:38:36)
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 ...

Brazil

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

Posted on Sunday November 23, 2014 (14:29:06)
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 ...

Russia

Moving To Moscow? Read Our Expat Guide To Travelling On Public Transport

Posted on Tuesday November 18, 2014 (18:18:38)
The entrance to the metro is generally just an underpass with a large “M” sign above it. The Moscow metro is quite extensive and the tickets are very cheap and can be purchased at the metro stations. Look for a ticket booth with the word ‘Kacca’ on it – you can buy multiple tickets (maximum of 60) for a number of journeys.

There is an emergency column at the centre of each metro station in case you require any assistance. The metro is very efficient and is probably your most economical option but rush hours are particularly brutal, unless you are used to taking the London tube or “the train” in NYC!   more ...

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