Expat Volunteer Abroad News

Latest 10 news items tagged Volunteer Abroad

21 Jun at 6 PM 2019

Expats in Addis Ababa forced to abandon their motorbikes

Motorcycling expats living, working and volunteering in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa will need to find alternative transport options from July 7. Motorcycles are a cheap, convenient more of transportation for locals and expats alike, but their use is about to be banned by order of the government. The reason given is that increasing number of criminals are using motorbikes to commit crimes such as robbery and assault. The only exceptions to the ban will be motorbikes used for postal deliveries and those in use by members of the...
14 Jun at 6 PM 2019

Locals and expats alike celebrate at International Algarve Fair

One of the joys of being an expat in an EU member state is the Europeans' love of annual fairs celebrating life in the cities as well as regions and the countries themselves. Portugal’s International Algarve Fair is immensely popular with nationals and expats alike, with the 14th edition taking place last weekend in Lagoa. Advertised as capturing the heart of the famous Algarve region, the fair saw thousands of residents arrive to celebrate this popular annual get-together. Businesses of all shapes and sizes, entertainers and...
28 May at 6 PM 2019

Costa Blanca HELP charity thanked by British Ambassador

Expat volunteers were thanked by the British Ambassador to Spain during an event held at an Alicante hotel. In attendance were members of a number of expat volunteer groups in the Costa Blanca, with the Ambassador thanking them for their help in making his and his staff’s tasks in support of British expats far easier. HELP president Christine Baillie and her office manager Joan Mitchell were two of the group representatives who attended the meeting and were thanked by the Ambassador, who is stepping down from his post later this...
21 May at 6 PM 2019

Expats in UAE to get retirement savings fund

The UAE is proposing a non-Emirati retirement savings fund to run alongside the expatriate end-of-service gratuity scheme. The UAE’s Federal Authority for Government Human Resources (FAHR) is in consultation over a new proposal to introduce a retirement fund based on savings for expat professionals living and working in the Emirates. The consultation is expected to decide on the best practice for the management of a pension fund. According to a spokesperson for FAHR, the move is expected to help both officials and employees plan...
7 May at 6 PM 2019

What to do and what not do during Ramadan

The Moslem Holy Month of Ramadan can be a cultural challenge for expats, especially for those who’ve only just arrived in the Gulf States. For everyone, the Holy Month is a time for family, community and peace, although many expats who feel they can’t cope take time off and leave for the duration of the month. For those who stay and don’t want to cause offence by doing or saying the wrong thing, the do’s and don’t are straightforward and easy to get right. Deciding to join in the community spirit and catching up with Moslem...
7 May at 6 PM 2019

Abu Dhabi Uni team catalogues early expat history in the region

A team of students from Khalifa University along with expat and local volunteers are exploring Abu Dhabi’s non-Moslem Cemetery to find out more about the early expat history of the emirate. The Sas al Nakhi graveyard holds the remains of literally hundreds of residents, from Indian workers, army personnel and Chinese labourers to expatriates from the West who helped put the oil and gas-rich region on the world map. The many infant graves date back to a time when infant mortality was high due to a lack of sophisticated medical attention....
29 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Last of eight Brits killed in Sri Lanka bombing not yet formally identified

The last British victim believed to have been killed in Sri Lanka’s tragic Easter Sunday bombings has yet to be formally identified. Dubai-based Mancunian IT director Lorraine Campbell had been staying at the 5-star Cinnamon Grand Hotel and was seen on CCTV breakfasting with colleague Juno Srivastave close to where one of the bombs was ignited. Her husband Neil Evans has now flown to Columbo to try to find her, but her son Mark told reporters he’s been told his Mom is dead although she hasn’t as yet been formally identified....
26 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Expat on Isla Mujeres famed for her work with dog and cat rescue

As with the majority of countries worldwide, Mexico has its share of unwanted stray dogs and puppies, but one determined expatriate has been doing all she can to care for them in her island home for two decades. Alison Sawyer Current and her husband had visited the little fishing village island of Isla Mujeres several times before they decided to make it their forever home, building a beachside property and living their expat dream. The only nightmare for Alison was the number of starving stray dogs roaming the beach until being...
9 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Expats in China love their Roundabout charity shops

Charity shops are favourites in the West, so it’s no surprise they’ve made their way to China along with expats from across the Western world. Roundabout was China’s very first charity store when it opened 10 years ago with the intent of raising money for vulnerable social groups in Beijing. Groups helped included children with physical challenges or serious illnesses, orphans, the elderly, women, earthquake victims and more. The store also provided a meeting place for expats who wanted to help and didn’t know how to go about...
8 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Healthcare insurers taking full advantage of the rise in expat numbers

It seems the much-derided ‘nanny state’ in first world countries is now being replaced by the rapacious private healthcare industry in just about every popular expat destination. 'Private healthcare insurance' is the new buzzword for greedy insurance companies looking to profit from the expat diaspora gathering speed in countries across the world. Private hospitals are springing up like mushrooms in the most unlikely places, staffed by the same medics formerly constrained to public medical facilities dealing with expats as well as...