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The Expatriate Archive Centre - Out of Africa...Asia...America...?

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A recent donation of documents and photos
A recent donation of documents and photos
Many of you may have, at the back of your cupboards or under your bed, documents, photos, or journals about your life as an expatriate (or “knowledge migrant’’), living, working or studying far from home. Don’t let these valuable resources gather dust.

The Expatriate Archive Centre, an independent foundation since 2008, exists to collect, preserve, promote and make accessible this collection of source materials. We hold both a digital and physical collection of photos, diaries, journals and blogs all donated by the international community past and present. Is/was this you? Documents and memorabilia which are part of your ‘paper-trail’ become, with the passage of time, the evidence for interpreting expatriate life in this changing world. When you look back on your life ten or twenty years ago, can you believe how it’s changed, especially if you lived in the developing world?

Next time you turn out your cupboards, spring clean or relocate, please consider sending or notifying the Archive of any items which may help it create a historical record: old lists of what you had to take to an overseas location, photos, company guidance, that long forgotten video of the social club musical, a diary recording your emotions or feelings of homesickness, handwritten directions, letters home, school and medical adventures in the middle of the jungle, the desert or the city and particularly the story of how you and your family members dealt with all these hurdles… the Archive is interested in it and will give it a good home.

The Archive has developed high standard procedures to preserve donated items. Everything it receives is catalogued, registered and scanned. So, the originals can be returned if required. Should you donate original documents to us they will be stored in a protective environment. . We adhere to all relevant regulations in particular to those concerning copyright and the Data Protection Act. Your contribution will be made available for research by academics and individuals, your experiences will certainly help the next generation considering working overseas. If donors prefer not to have their documents disclosed to third parties for a number of years or disclosed anonymously, that wish is fully respected.

We welcome contributions from retired or current expatriates or ‘knowledge migrants’ (in any language – we can arrange translations) and their partners and families, from grandparents left at home too. We have an arrangement with a removal company so that you can send large or heavy boxes of documents to us free of charge.

Please get in touch if you’d like further information, whether your background is/was in business, diplomatic or military service, an international institution, NGO or other.

The Expatriate Archive Centre
Paramaribostraat 20
2585 GN Den Haag
The Netherlands
Tel: 0031 70 427 2014

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AXA - Global Healthcare

As the global healthcare specialists for AXA, the world’s number one insurance brand, we can help you get fast access to expert medical care, whenever and wherever you need it. All our plans include evacuation and repatriation, a second medical opinion service and extra support from a dedicated case manager if you’re diagnosed with cancer. You’ll also have 24/7 support from our caring multilingual team - we’ll always remember you’re a person, not a case number.

Bupa Global

At Bupa we have been helping individuals and families live longer, healthier, happier lives for over 60 years. We are trusted by expats in 190 different countries and have links with healthcare organisations throughout the world. So whether you're moving abroad for a change of career or a change of scene, with our international private health insurance you will always be in safe hands.


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