Expat Teach Abroad News

Latest 10 news items tagged Teach Abroad

22 Aug at 6 PM 2017

Learning Arabic gives expat professionals a competitive edge

Despite having long-term careers in Arab countries, the majority of expats admit they’ve either failed to learn enough Arabic to get by or have no interest in learning the language. One popular English language newspaper, the Khaleej Times, recently conducted a poll on the subject, which revealed 81 per cent of respondents had never made even an attempt to learn Arabic. Some 38 per cent felt the language was far too difficult to attempt to master it. Admittedly, just looking at one written page is enough to scare off all but the...
21 Aug at 6 PM 2017

Expat teachers offered serious cash bonuses to work in New Zealand

New Zealand’s education minister is renewing a previously cancelled cash bonus scheme aimed at persuading expat teachers to fill Auckland’s desperate teaching shortages. Education Minister Nicky Kaye announced the New Zealand government will invest a million dollars in total to persuade expatriate Kiwi teachers to return as well as to encourage fully trained teachers from overseas to take a chance on the country. Kiwi teachers in science and other subjects will receive cash grants of as much as $7,000, with schools recruiting the...
20 Jul at 6 PM 2017

Dealing with the new Chinese work permit system

China’s new work permit system for expats divides applicants into three tiers, dependent on point scoring of qualifications and experience. Although the new system combines the two previous permits, making it easier for expats to decide which to use, as well as allowing employers to submit applications, it’s still causing confusion. Basically, those with top talents and qualifications should be home free and enjoy additional advantages, whilst those in the two lower tiers may need to meet tougher entry requirements, longer waiting...
13 Jul at 6 PM 2017

US expats in Japan unhappy about Obamacare repeal and replace

A survey undertaken by the English language Japan Times suggests that over half of US expats in the country won’t repatriate if Obamacare is repealed and replaced. The chaos over Trump’s attempt to ‘repeal and replace’ Obamacare with the unpopular bill now under discussion has worried American expatriates working in Japan to such an extent that over 50 per cent of those surveyed say they would rather stay where they are than return home. The Japan Times survey took place between late June and last week, with results that may...
22 Jun at 6 PM 2017

Massive increase in immigrants to New Zealand

New Zealand’s net immigration figures have hit an all-time high as 73,000 more arrive than leave. According to figures for the month of May 2017, immigrants are still flooding to New Zealand in increasing numbers, led by would-be expats from the UK and Australia as well as migrants from China. Las month's net migration figures show an increase on last year of 3,600, with 75 per cent of the 130,400 arrivals non- Kiwis looking to settle in the country. The rush to become part of the country’s growing economy happened at the same...
21 Jun at 6 PM 2017

Kuwaiti doctor speaks out on blaming expats

Expats tired of being blamed for the emirate’s demographic imbalances will appreciate a recent statement protesting their innocence by a prominent Kuwaiti doctor. Honesty seems to have been the best policy for Dr Adel al Ibrahim, whose hard-hitting statement in today’s Kuwait Times tells it like it is regarding attacks on the expat community by a number of Kuwaiti politicians. The worst offender has been MP Safa al Hashem, a recently elected female member of the government who has repeatedly called for the removal of expats and,...
2 Jun at 6 PM 2017

Expats in South Korea fear escalation of threat from the north

As tensions on the Korean peninsula rise, expats working in South Korea are expressing their fears for their futures. Over 100,000 American expats are living and working in South Korea, with most based in Seoul, just 35 miles form the border with the North. They’re well used to hearing threats from North Korea’s unstable leader, having taken them as empty bluster in the past. Nowadays, it’s a totally different story, mostly down to their new president, Donald Trump, whose words and action may precipitate the war they’ve been...
19 May at 6 PM 2017

Kuwaiti lawmaker calls for mass sacking of expatriate teachers

In yet another attack on Kuwait’s expatriate community, a local lawmaker is calling for all foreign teachers to be sacked and replaced with Kuwaiti nationals. MP Osama al Shaheen believes there is now an urgent need to address the emirate’s demographic imbalance, suggesting that removing all foreign teachers would contribute strongly to the Kuwatization programme. He also suggested that reducing the numbers of non-Kuwaiti students enrolled in public schools could free up a great deal of money which could be used for other...
17 May at 6 PM 2017

Madrid wins out as European favourite for expat life

A recent survey has identified Madrid as one of the top world cities for expat life. Deciding to live and work overseas often involves a tricky choice between top-waged, elite jobs with unsatisfactory lifestyles and a more laid-back, enjoyable environment with an acceptable salary. With its central location, finance and commerce hubs, job opportunities, friendly locals and sunny weather, it’s no surprise that Madrid is highly rated as a favourite destination for expats searching for a congenial way of life at reasonable cost. The...
9 May at 6 PM 2017

Indonesia as an expat destination

For expats with a sense of adventure looking for a decidedly different destination, Indonesia is far more than just Bali, Papua and Jakarta, but care should be taken when travelling with limited knowledge of the archipelago. Arriving in Jakarta gives the first taste of Indonesia to expats looking to find a haven outside the usual haunts. Many residents in the bustling city speak English, so finding your feet is relatively easy. However, once you’ve headed into the hinterlands, communication can become anything between difficult and...