Expat Volunteer Abroad News

Latest 10 news items tagged Volunteer Abroad

9 Feb at 6 PM 2017

Cambodia surpassing Thailand as expat Shangri La

Overshadowed for years by its next door neighbour Thailand, Cambodia is coming into its own as the preferred destination for expats looking for friendliness, natural beauty, an inexpensive cost of living and straightforward visas. Famed for decades for its spectacular Angkor Wat temples, Cambodia has drawn tourists to its mostly unspoiled land for several decades, with its attractions as an expat hub now resulting in increased numbers of arrivals looking for a safe, friendly, laid back life. In addition, the country is growing its...
16 Jan at 6 PM 2017

Scottish expats work to feed refugees in freezing Budapest

The severe cold weather in Europe is hitting hardest on refugees and the homeless, but a group of Scottish expats are doing their best to help. Dozens have already died in the life-threatening -19 Celsius freeze, many of whom were refugees from the Middle East or homeless Hungarians. Unable to watch the suffering without attempting to do something, the owners and customers at Budapest’s Caledonia Scottish Pub are cooking and serving literally thousands of meals and distributing them to those in desperate need. Owners Patrick...
12 Jan at 6 PM 2017

Expats make a difference for Estepona stray dogs

A dedicated team of expat dog-lovers are working together to rehabilitate and rehome Estepona’s stray dogs. Spain is just one of several Mediterranean countries with a stray dog problem, a situation which causes distress to UK expats who’ve been brought up with the saying ‘a dog is for life, not just for Christmas’. As a result, it’s almost always Brits who commit their time and talents to making life happier for dogs rescued from the streets after being abandoned by their owners. Estepona’s Adana Dog Shelter is one of...
23 Dec at 6 PM 2016

Expat family saved from flood deaths by quick thinking

During the worst Costa del Sol floods in decades, an expat mother and daughter only escaped death by wriggling out of their kitchen window. The recent Costa del Sol floods were the worst in 27 years, and inundated the popular expat city of Fuengirola and its surroundings at lightning speed, threatening lives and property. Adrianne Williamson and her daughter Lisa were asleep in their Calle Membrillo home when the water flooded in, and were woken by their dogs climbing on the bed. Wondering why the dogs were soaking wet, Adrianne first...
7 Dec at 6 PM 2016

Community minded expats volunteer unpaid help in China

Volunteering to be of use in their local communities is the latest trend amongst long-stay expats in China’s mega-cities. Following the tradition of senior Chinese citizens’ unpaid community patrolling, expats in several Chinese cities are offering their services as well. Elderly Chinese can be seen wearing their distinctive red armbands in every mainland Chinese town and city, all keeping their eyes open for illegal activity in their local communities. Known as ‘aunties in armbands’ the actions of these caring locals in...
29 Nov at 6 PM 2016

Thailand woos elderly, sick and wealthy foreigners with new visa

Thailand’s ruling military government last week approved the issuing of a new 10-year visa aimed at wealthy expats with heathcare needs. The requirements for the new 10-year visa have created controversy amongst Thailand’s large expat community, many of whom are retirees from Europe and the USA at present on the so-called annual ‘retirement visa’ extension. The new visa is to be offered to foreigners over 50 years of age, and requires either monthly earnings of 100,000 baht (£2,261, $2,810) or a deposit in a Thai bank account...
8 Nov at 6 PM 2016

What motivates US expats to get involved in charity work

Of all the nationalities whose expats settle on distant shores, the Americans are the most likely to volunteer for charitable concerns. Given that the USA scores high on the list of World Giving, it’s no surprise that a favourite occupation of Americans overseas is volunteering. What is surprising is that charitable work quickly becomes an essential part of US expat life, and they’re also very good at it. Various theories exist as to why the average USA expat is more attracted to doing good than expats from most other Western...
2 Nov at 6 PM 2016

British expat in UAE fined and deported for volunteering

A British expat volunteer worker who’d fundraised online to help two sick children had been fined Dh5,000 and is to be deported. The woman was reported to UAE police last December by the UAE’s Department of Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities, accusing her of using her volunteer website to solicit donations for medical treatment for two young children suffering from liver conditions. Having been accused in court last June of violating the emirate’s rules in charity fundraising, she was initially found not guilty....
5 Oct at 6 PM 2016

Cambodian heathcare infrastructure may stymie retirement visa success

Cambodia is now in the process of creating its first dedicated retirement visa for expat pensioners, but its lack of first-world heathcare may result in a diminished takeup of the new initiative. Cambodia is attracting increasing amounts of interest from expat retirees, many of whom are considering transferring from neighbouring Thailand. The country’s government is eager to provide an easy ride for older expats and has announced a new retirement visa aimed at retirees with pensions or adequate amounts in savings. With its eye...
19 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Expat volunteers in Shanghai help their community understand Chinese laws

Ten expat volunteers in Shanghai’s Chengjiaqioa district are helping their compatriots to understand Chinese culture and laws. A dedicated team of long-term foreign residents are working with local police in Chengjiqioa to spread awareness amongst fellow expats and newcomers to China of the country’s social rules and laws. The group, part of the district’s 30 per cent foreign residents, includes students, business people and artists from France, the Netherlands, Italy and Argentina. One of their most important tasks is to make...