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Expat Focus Podcast

2018

Teaching in Germany

John Siskar
In this week's podcast, Expat Focus talks to John Siskar about his experience of teaching in Germany. Having moved from being a kindergarten teacher all the way through to secondary school, John has a wealth of experience to share!

What can you expect as a foreign teacher working in Germany? And what do you do when your school goes bankrupt? American expat John Siskar wasn’t planning to dive into an international teaching career when he went travelling six years ago. And he certainly wasn’t expecting to later find himself with an almost empty bank account. Today on the show, John shares his insights into teaching in Germany, and explains how he navigated a really difficult situation.

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2018

Expat Life With A Big Family


Tony Elliott's job as an interest rate trader has seen him live in the some of the most exciting cities in the world. Meantime, as a dad, he's busy raising seven kids - in two countries.

So what's expat life like when you've got a big family in different locations, and a job that means you need to move around, often at short notice? Listen to our latest episode to find out.

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2018

Overcoming Loneliness With A Friend-Finding App


What was your biggest struggle when you moved to your new country? For Melanie Aronson, an American in Sweden, it was overcoming this unexpectedly deep sense of loneliness. She felt it so strongly, she decided to make a friend-finding app called Panion to help others who were feeling the same way she was. Keep listening to hear all about Panion, and Melanie’s experiences in Sweden.

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2018

Tax Tips For Digital Nomads


Remote working has definitely hit the mainstream … and around the world, more and more people are taking the opportunity to be ‘temporary locals.’ Combining their jobs with longer-term travel, staying in one country for a month, or a few months at a time. Longer than the typical annual holiday allowance.

But how do longer stints abroad – when you’re working – impact your tax situation? Today on the show, Oliver Heslop joins me again. He’s the owner of GETS – Global Expatriate Tax Services, based in the UK. But he works with tax experts all over the world. He’s going to talk through some things to consider if you’re living the digital nomad life. I should point out, Oliver’s not giving any specific advice in this episode, but you can ask him directly if you have a burning question; just go to the ‘financial’ tab at expatfocus.com and then click ‘UK tax advice.’

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2018

Running A B&B In The Italian Countryside


What does it take to own and run a B&B in the Italian countryside?

American Ashley Bartner can tell you all about it – and she’s going to, today on the Expat Focus Podcast.

10 years ago, she and her husband Jason left the hustle and bustle of New York for a big old farmhouse in the beautiful Marche region of Italy. They’ve turned it into a very successful organic farm, inn and cooking school – called La Tavola Marche. But that’s not all - Ashley and Jason are also helping other expats lay the groundwork to realise their own dreams of ‘living the sweet life’ in Italy, after experiencing first-hand, the consequences of being unprepared.

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2018

Life In Denmark

Melanie Haynes
What’s your motivation for moving abroad? British expat Melanie Haynes was ready for an adventure, and it led her and her husband to move to Denmark. More than eight years later, they’re still there, living in the capital of Copenhagen. And Melanie’s blog dejligedays has become a go-to for many English-speaking expats in the city; she shares her discoveries, recommendations and gives newcomers advice for settling in.

In this episode, Melanie shares her relocation story, and provides a little insight into the Danish way of life.

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2018

Common Tax Issues For UK Expats


For a lot of us when we move abroad, the last thing we really want to think about is our tax situation; getting paperwork in order, remembering reporting dates and deadlines for a country we’re no longer living in.

It might not be exciting, but it’s necessary, and our guest in this episode is going to run through some common scenarios for UK expats.

OLIVER HESLOP is the owner of GETS – Global Expatriate Tax Services, and his company has tax specialists based in the UK, the US and Australia.

During our chat, Oliver will provide some interesting tips and examples, but it’s important to point out that what he talks about here is not meant to be specific advice – for that, you should get in touch with him or another tax advisor.

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2018

Moving To The Netherlands


The Netherlands is well known for its great work-life balance, its cycling culture, tulip fields... But did you know it’s also a bit of an expat’s dream when it comes to making your move to a new country, and settling in?

Our guests in this episode are Sharon and Gladys from Rotterdam Partners, and the Rotterdam Expat Centre. This and other centres like it in cities across the Netherlands are taking so much stress and hassle out of the life setup process for new arrivals. The ladies are going to explain how they help, and provide a few tips for those who are going to be making the move.

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2017

Living Off The Grid In Central America


Could you handle composting your own toilet waste? What about doing away with the convenience of the supermarket, and growing all your own food? Choosing a life that is more sustainable and self-sufficient is becoming easier, and more realistic for many of us, and living off the grid can also be very affordable in some parts of the world, once you get past all the up-front costs. Ian Usher is the co-publisher of House Sitting Magazine. He also once sold his whole life on eBay, and scored a movie deal with Disney. But the chapter of his life that we’re going to dive into today is the one where he lived off the grid on his own Caribbean island, off the coast of Panama.

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2017

Starting A Business In France


When you live abroad, there’s always at least one thing from home that you miss, and wish you could have with you. For Craig Carlson, as an American student, and again later as a Hollywood screenwriter working in Paris, what he found himself missing the most were proper pancakes.

So when Craig wanted to make a permanent move from the US to France, he decided that pancakes – and other American breakfast foods – were the way to do it.

Craig started the diner chain Breakfast in America. And almost fifteen years later, he’s published his first book, called Pancakes in Paris. But as you’ll hear, setting up and running your own business in France is a bit more complicated than just cooking pancakes!

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