Expat Volunteer Abroad News

Latest 10 news items tagged Volunteer Abroad

13 Oct at 6 PM 2017

Expat dog rescue charity in Spain finds homes for abandoned pets

A group of female expats in Alhama de Granada are working hard to find new homes for abandoned dogs in their area. One shock for dog-loving expats is to find the citizens of their new country don’t exactly mirror the attachment Brits have for their furry family members. Caring for dogs as an important part of our lives is the norm in the UK, whereas in Europe and especially in Asia the issue can be controversial, to say the least. It’s not easy to ignore the fact that dogs’ lives aren’t considered important, that they can be...
25 Sep at 6 PM 2017

PM speech in Florence ignores UK expats whilst aiding EU citizens in Britain

Theresa May’s speech in Florence was seen as a possible opportunity for clarity on the Brexit negotiations chaos, but is being denigrated by UK expat protest groups as containing less substance, more soundbites. The volunteer group Remain in Spain was the first to voice its disappointment, with chairwoman Sue Wilson commenting the speech could not be seen as facilitating progress in the stalled negotiations. The EU27, she added, were unlikely to find anything in it which suggests a move forward at this time, as little progress has...
21 Sep at 6 PM 2017

Amsterdam Expat Fair draws thousands to network and integrate

The famous ‘I am not a Tourist’ expat fair in Amsterdam is an annual event drawing thousands of international expats to network, find out more about the Netherlands and make new friends. Held in the heart of Amsterdam at the Beurs van Berlage, the Expat Fair is now an established annual event attracting international expatriates from countless world countries. It’s free to enter and packed with booths representing Dutch companies, social clubs and entrepreneurial and volunteering opportunities. Every aspect of living in the...
19 Sep at 6 PM 2017

Survey shows older expats in Thailand fear for their futures

Expat pensioners living in Thailand are becoming concerned over the ever increasing cost of private heathcare and the reliability of the Thai retirement visa system. Long considered an exotic but stable expat retirement destination, Thailand is home to expat communities in many provincial cities and large towns as well as in Bangkok and the beachside towns along the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea coastline. Although no official figures are available, it’s possible the majority of long-stay expats in the Kingdom are over...
14 Sep at 6 PM 2017

Expats urge Qatar Airlines to reduce charges for transporting pets

Five pet rescue charities based in Qatar are asking Qatar Airlines to reduce their charges for pets flying with their relocating owners. Lufhansa’s flight services to Doha from Frankfurt are due to be withdrawn in October, taking with them the only economical, direct flight option for relocating expat pet owners. Doha’s five dog rescue organisations are voicing their concerns that, rather than pay Qatar Airline’s high fees, expats will simply leave without their dogs. The emirate has five dog rescue charities – Dogs in Doha,...
28 Aug at 6 PM 2017

Local UK authority dumps starving British expat pensioner on the streets

A British pensioner who returned from living in Spain has been found starving and homeless on the streets after being refused local council housing by Bournemouth Borough Council. David Sutcliffe, an 82 year-old British citizen, was picked up by local police after being spotted by a concerned member of the public who noticed he was severely malnourished and confused. Attending officers told the media the starving old man was found to be clutching a Bournemouth Borough Council letter informing him he had no entitlement to housing...
26 Jul at 6 PM 2017

Are expat clubs out of fashion

Once upon a time, if you became an expat in any one of dozens of far-flung destinations, it was almost obligatory to join at least one local expat club. Over the years, expat clubs have been seen as a refuge for expats fresh from thier home countries. Reasons given for becoming members of an organisation run by volunteers and aimed at creating a social scene were many, including making new friends, practical help for newbies, advice on immigration and visas, interesting talks by long-term expatriates, networking and tips on how to...
24 Jul at 6 PM 2017

Discovering Cambodia as an expat retirement hub

Cambodia is becoming increasingly popular with would-be expats from Western countries who’ve turned their backs on the chaos, confusion and political problems back home. Starting a new life in Cambodia is an adventure that’s proving more and more attractive to expats looking for a total change of scene. At the present time, visa requirements are straightforward and expats can work or volunteer without risking being deported. The country itself is a fascinating mix of modern amenities in its capital Phnom Penh and more traditional...
18 Jul at 6 PM 2017

US expat retirees head for the simple life

In spite of endless expatriate-aimed internet pages extolling global 21st century attractions, it seems many older USA citizens are emigrating in order to live the simpler life they remember from their childhoods. Websites offering comparisons of expat destinations across the globe are perennially popular with would-be expats, whether choosing the right destination to boost their career paths, looking for a more relaxed lifestyle including better weather or selecting a country encouraging entrepreneurship. Interestingly, a new...
14 Jul at 6 PM 2017

American expat volunteer physiotherapist is saving lives in Vietnam

An American woman who sold her home 10 years ago and came to Vietnam to volunteer as a fully qualified and experienced physiotherapist has now been celebrated in a local TV documentary. Virginia Lockett and her artist husband David first came to Vietnam 22 years ago to adopt two children, and were saddened by the plight of the disabled in the country. Returning for a short volunteer stint in 2005, the couple saw the improvements in medical care for the disabled, but realised some of the foreign-organised assistance programmes were...