Expat Teach Abroad News

Latest 10 news items tagged Teach Abroad

21 May at 6 PM 2018

Chinese culture heads West via expat websites

For almost half a century, foreign influences crept into China’s millennia-old culture through reform–generated trade and commerce, but Chinese culture’s now heading West in a big way thanks to Western expats. Nowadays, the ancient country’s major cities are home to a hotbed of Western talent, bringing with it all the trappings of Western society. Multiple channels of change have opened due to internet access, and expats in China are sharing their impressions with the world at large via social media, forums and endless...
14 May at 6 PM 2018

Could non Muslim expats benefit from observing Ramadan

As Ramadan approaches, expats living and working in the UAE might well be asking themselves whether they’d benefit from a month’s fasting and self-examination. Many Western expats in the UAE wonder every year whether they’d derive benefits from joining in the fasting during the Muslim Holy Month of Ramadan. Questions about the experience itself, coping with fasting and whether a foreign non-believer could actually do it eventually lead to a few actually trying it. One female teacher who’d formerly lived in Egypt had stayed with...
10 May at 6 PM 2018

China toughens laws in crackdown on foreign religions

Chinese lawmakers are set to further tighten the laws surrounding the practice of foreign religions on Chinese soil. The regulation of foreign religions and their practices in China has long resulted in Chinese nationals being banned from foreign religious ceremonies, but are now to be tightened further to prevent ‘hostile foreign forces’ from infiltrating the country. China’s State Administration of Religious Affairs is now in consultation over the rules governing expats who practice the Christian religion in China. The...
8 May at 6 PM 2018

US expats in Zurich use comic videos to encourage midterm votes

‘When all else fails, try comedy’ is the expat approach to galvanising the US expat vote in the November midterm elections. Comedy with a serious purpose is a unique strategy intended to persuade US expats in Switzerland to vote in the upcoming midterms. Its creators are a group of American citizens living and working in Zurich who’re determined to get their compatriots to the polls in November. Their weapons are comic videos urging all US expats to get up and get on with voting in order to rescue their home country from itself....
30 Apr at 6 PM 2018

Scots expat starts petition for direct expat representation in parliament

A Scottish expat at present living in the Andalusian city of Almeria is calling for Britons living overseas to be represented by their own Members of Parliament. Alistair Stewart, now teaching at a local school, is a former press officer for the Scottish Parliament who’s fully aware that without representation there’s no chance of consideration. He told the local English newspaper Olive Press the motivation behind his call for dedicated MPs for expats was a ‘profound sense of powerlessness’ after the results of the Brexit...
26 Apr at 6 PM 2018

Expat teachers in Abu Dhabi blamed for poor pupil performance

UAE lawmakers and the Minister of State of Public Education recently found themselves embroiled in a heated debate over the comparative merits of expat versus Emirati teachers. The main thread of the argument was that Emirati children who’re failing public school education in huge numbers would be better served by Emirati teachers rather than by foreign teachers who’ve taken jobs from qualified locals. One FNC member asked why a high number of teachers from overseas are still being hired by public schools when Emirati teachers can...
24 Apr at 6 PM 2018

China now a tale of two lifestyles for expats

Whilst China’s mega-cities are firm favourites with the majority of expats, the vast country’s smaller cites, towns and even rural areas are drawing adventurous foreigners looking for a new life. China can be everything most expats will ever need, but the vast majority are living in the huge cities due to work reasons and, just maybe, nervousness about fitting into the real China away from the giant metropolises. Now that expatriation to China is finally becoming mainstream, increasing numbers of foreigners are heading out to its...
20 Apr at 6 PM 2018

Shanghai expat community gives its view on its members

Expat communities aren’t always one big, happy family, according to a recent Shanghai media survey. Shanghai is officially the most popular Chinese mega-city for expats, with literally several hundred thousand making up the expatriate community. The vast majority are enriching the city with their contributions, but what do expats in general think about their co-inhabitants? Nowhere’s perfect, and every community has its rogue elements committing indecent, immoral and even unlawful behaviour. The good, the bad and the...
3 Apr at 6 PM 2018

Expat financial independence winning out over risky IFA advice

Following the seemingly endless media reports of dodgy IFAs, Ponzi schemes and fraudulent cold-calling financial scammers, the new buzzword in the worldwide expat community is financial independence. The online Financial Independence world, usually referred to simply as FI, contains many bloggers describing their own experiences and passing on tips to those who’ve had enough of being cash cows for unscrupulous IFAs at best and downright fraudsters at worst. One Dubai-based expat founder of a non-profit community entitled SimplyFI...
19 Mar at 6 PM 2018

Taxation without representation for long term British expats overseas

According to British lawmakers in favour of the private members’ bill, long-stay UK expats are now the ‘great disenfranchised’. Expats from any world country except the UK who’ve settled down elsewhere on the planet bring with them the right to vote in elections and referendums back home, and the majority still have family and friends with whom they stay in touch. Expat Brits, however strong their attachment to the UK may be, are disallowed from making their voices heard after they’ve been away for 15 years. Anger over the...