Expat Volunteer Abroad News

Latest 10 news items tagged Volunteer Abroad

23 May at 6 PM 2018

Expat help needed for documentary on Andalusia abandoned dogs

A British filmmaker needs help from expats in Andalusia for his documentary on abandoned dogs. London resident Paul Murphy became aware first-hand about Spain’s abandoned dogs scandal when he drove from the UK to Los Barrios to collect his newly-adopted stray dog from a local shelter. Shock and horror was his reaction when he saw the huge numbers of abandoned pets, and provided the inspiration for his documentary, Dogland. The film follows the struggles of expat volunteers who’d taken over the shelter in which dogs were summarily...
18 May at 6 PM 2018

Supportive expat community in Costa del Sol rewarded by Royal Wedding event

Being an expat in a strange land isn’t roses all the way, but having a supportive community on hand can save the day. The British expatriate community in Spain’s Costa del Sol have been there when they were needed endless times over the past decades, often finding out about other expats having a hard time via local English language media. Once the story has been told, an upsurge of friendly faces and supportive gestures is invariably the result. In a way, it’s a reminder of earlier days in expats’ home countries when...
17 May at 6 PM 2018

Adopting a rescued dog can transform expat lives

One question common to many newly settled expat arrivals in France is ‘what do I do in my spare time?’ Moving to a new land is an adventure in itself, especially if a relaxed retirement is the goal, but pottering around the garden, discovering the best places to eat, exploring the locale, walking the dog and other similar activities may still leave time to be filled, especially if there’s no dog to be walked. For those who’ve always been too busy at work to even consider getting a pet, perhaps now’s the time to become a dog...
10 May at 6 PM 2018

Brit expat in Spain creates Facebook page to make the world a better place

Nick Moore’s new ‘If five million people’ Facebook page has one aim – to unite followers from across the world in an effort to promote good deeds and help save Planet Earth. His own description of the site is ‘a page to encourage and inspire, with ideas aimed at making the world a better place’. He adds the page isn’t a business, there’s no profit made and says he's just using social media to share planet-friendly green ideas, videos, all good things and life hacks. Recent posts on the page have shared good works by...
19 Apr at 6 PM 2018

Expat fundraisers in Dubai stunned by punitive new regulations

The majority of expats working in Dubai had no idea of the regulations concerning charity work in the emirate until one of their number was arrested for a Facebook post. Lawyers are now warning companies and resident expats that breaking the strict rules may mean massive fines and a 12 month prison sentence. Last year’s announcement of Decree 9 prohibits collecting donations and advertising fundraising events unless written permission has been given by the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department. It’s possible that...
13 Mar at 6 PM 2018

Expats and locals in Chapala volunteer for pet sterilisation project

Stray dogs and feral cats as well as household pets are being sterilised and neutered as part of a massive effort by Chapala expats and Mexican residents to reduce the numbers of unwanted pets on the streets. One unwelcome and unexpected aspect of expat life in many favourite destinations is the high number of homeless dogs and cats allowed to wander and forage where they can. In the majority of first-world countries, well-organised shelters and local aid services ensure strays are picked up, taken care of and rehomed, and the vast...
9 Mar at 6 PM 2018

Spain celebrates inspiring expat females on International Women’s Day

Nine expat women based in Spain over the past 80 years are being honoured by local Spanish media March 8 is International Women’s Day, during which exceptional women and their achievements are celebrated across the world. This year’s celebration has an extra edge, in that it’s also a call for the implementation of gender parity in business and in life in general. Spanish-based English language newspaper The Olive Press has published a celebration of its own, praising nine exceptional expat women who’ve made their mark in...
9 Mar at 6 PM 2018

70 per cent of failed assignments down to family problems

Recent studies have revealed more than 70 per cent of failed assignments are due to trailing spouses’ inability to adjust to their new lives. The majority of women moving overseas aren’t expatriating to further their own careers – they’re following their husbands or partners to unfamiliar lands due to an overseas position being offered to their menfolk. The ‘typical’ expat woman is many times more likely to be a ‘trailing spouse’, a description which a good number of wives find offensive. A proportion of expat wives...
16 Feb at 6 PM 2018

US expat volunteers provide worldwide warden services to Americans in trouble

In these days of international travel all over the world, there’s a considerable risk of being unable to cope alone should disaster strike. The freedom to travel is one of the most noticeable developments of the past 50 years or so, spurred by cheap flights and an increasing curiosity about unfamiliar lands. Travellers on business or pleasure whose parents had considered a trip to the nearest big city an adventure now jet away to places said parents might never have heard of. Most love their journeys, a few just keep travelling, but...
21 Dec at 6 PM 2017

Expat spirit of Christmas alive and giving in Hanoi

In the midst of the modern Christmas’s commercialised beanfeast, a group of expats in Hanoi are playing Santa to the city’s homeless. Now in its second year, the expat-inspired Hanoi Christmas Kitchen is preparing to give hundreds of gifts inclduing hot meals to the homeless and less privileged in the city. From its small beginnings in 2016, the project is now supported by a great many more expats living and working in Hanoi, all of whom are giving of their time to ensure those without homes aren’t totally left out in the cold...