Expat Volunteer Abroad News

Latest 10 news items tagged Volunteer Abroad

22 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Volunteer programme to befriend elderly expats in Abu Dhabi

The results of a Better Life Index study by Abu Dhabi’s Department of Community Development have revealed a high proportion of elderly residents are depressed and lonely as well as suffering from heart disease, diabetes and other age-related disorders. It’s not just local people who’re affected, as there are now some 30,000 expats aged over 60 years living in the emirate. In order to improve their lives, a volunteer initiative is being put in place in an attempt to build a bridge between the generations. The pilot programme, to...
22 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Expat students offered cheap digs in exchange for help with senior citizens

If you’ve arrived in Prague and can’t afford to rent an apartment, a new volunteer scheme may be your answer to sleeping on the streets. As Prague’s popularity as an expat hub soars, so do its rental charges, leaving many new university students the choice of going home or sleeping on someone’s sofa. A recently-started answer to the problem may be of use, especially for expatriate students with social consciences. Prague’s district 3 has initiated a pilot plan which will help solve students’ accommodation problems as well...
8 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Massive Czech Republic tree-planting project welcomes expat participation

As the news about global warning gets worse, the Czech Republic is taking action. In an effort to stall the effects of global warming, the Czech Republic’s Ministry of the Environment is planning to plant 10 million trees with the help of private citizens, companies, schools, social organisations and expatriates living and working in the country. Experts believe the huge numbers of new trees will emit enough oxygen for some 30 million people and lower the ambient temperature by three degrees Celsius over 200,000 square kilometers....
7 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Expats in Denia fear shelter dogs will be killed if not rehomed within two months

Dog shelter volunteers fear takeover by for-profit company will result in mass euthanasia. A much-loved municipal dog shelter in Spain’s Denia City is about to be taken over by a commercial for-profit company with the agreement of the local municipality, sparking fears it will become simply a ‘kill station’ for rescued dogs. Its previous management APAD have worked tirelessly to rescue, care for and re-home the city’s strays, promoting animal rights and their zero euthanasia policy. According to the group and the vets who...
31 Jul at 6 PM 2019

Reasons to include volunteering in your expat experience

Out of the estimated 50 million expats living outside their home countries, how many are sharing their talents and abilities by volunteering? Expats come in all shapes, sizes and levels of expertise across all sectors, with many sharing their expertise as volunteers and learning about local culture and traditional wisdom at the same time. As the world continues dividing into the haves and the have-nots, those who wish to help are joining with locals in an effort to share their knowledge and experience in a way which benefits people...
22 Jul at 6 PM 2019

Heartless landowner balked by Animal Need Foundation expat volunteers and givers

After a heartless landowner sold land rented by the Animal Need Foundation without giving them a chance to raise the money needed, expats rallied and donated enough to start anew. Following an appeal for donations by the English language Olive Press newspaper, the Spanish animal rescue centre was attempting to raise €165,000 by August 31st to buy the land after an agreement with the landlord on the date. Without giving any notice, the greedy landowner raised the price and sold the land, informing the shelter via a brief note....
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...