Expat Volunteer Abroad News

Latest 10 news items tagged Volunteer Abroad

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...
7 Jul at 6 PM 2017

Rescued Quatari puppy becomes canine expat in Chicago

A four-month old puppy rescued from a Qatar building site by an expat American animal rescue volunteer is now safe in a Chicago dog shelter. Good news coming out of Qatar at present is a rarity, as is any news about expat efforts overseas to help homeless and maltreated animals, whether they are dogs, cats or more exotic species. The reality is that a large number of expatriates living and working overseas are more likely than not to be involved in volunteer organisations set up to help those who can’t help themselves. Oli, the...
9 May at 6 PM 2017

Dubai expat scandal of discarded dogs

Dubai’s unique, luxurious expat lifestyle is being blamed for the large number of abandoned pet dogs being housed in the Stray Dogs Centre an hour’s drive from the city and its gated communities. The Stray Dogs Centre is found deep in the desert surrounding Dubai, with its rudimentary facilities home to 123 dogs. At least 25 per cent of the abandoned pets are believed to have been simply discarded by their expat owners when they leave the emirate for jobs elsewhere on the planet. Shelter volunteer Fiona Myers Watson believes the...
6 Apr at 6 PM 2017

Danish Immigration to deport US expat retiree after 32 year residency in the country

An American expat pensioner who’s lived and worked for more than half her life in Denmark is now facing deportation by the Danish immigration authority. US citizen Mary Stuart Burgher arrived in Denmark in 1985 to work for the World Health Organisation in Copenhagen. Due to exemptions given by the Danish immigration service to international organisations such as the WHO, she was allowed to live and work in the country under a special permit. On her retirement in 2015, she applied for residency as the special permit no longer...
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...