Expat Volunteer Abroad News

Latest 10 news items tagged Volunteer Abroad

26 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Estepona City employees now helping expat pensioners in need

Lonely older expats in the Spanish city of Estepona are now being tracked down and helped by groups of municipal workers. According to the popular British retirement destination’s local councillor Begona Ortiz, her team of municipal employees have discovered 168 elderly foreign retirees in need of assistance as well as 363 local pensioners. As a result, the local town hall is now getting in touch by phone with at-risk residents and asking them whether they need help getting provisions and other requirements. According to reports...
13 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Expats in Beijing volunteering to help combat the virus

Bilingual international expats living and working in Beijing are joining in the huge city’s war against the coronavirus pandemic. Beijing’s expat population is set at almost 150,000 and contains some 37,000 international organisations. Rather than returning to their home countries when the outbreak began, many have decided to stay in the city and defend their ‘second home’ and its residents against the deadly infection. The massive city's Chaoyang District’s nickname is the ‘embassy area’, and is home to some 60,000...
26 Feb at 6 PM 2020

Expat-founded Spanish horse rescue centre faces closure after storm damage

Spain's expat-owned Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre is at risk of folding due to financial pressures. British expats Sue and Rod Weeding started the Costa Blanca rescue centre eleven years ago and are now struggling to keep it going after having to order forage at far more than twice the usual rate due to last September’s massive storms. Normally, the centre’s charity shops are a vital source of funds even although every item sold is taxed, but because of the huge bills for replacement forage after the storm decimated cheap local...
24 Feb at 6 PM 2020

Bilingual service in Shanghai helps expat arrivals understand virus regulations

Expats in Shanghai are keen to volunteer for a bilingual service aimed at newly arrived foreigners. As across most of China’s massive cities, Shanghai locals and expats alike are now returning after the extended Spring Festival holiday. In an attempt to curb even more coronavirus infections, new procedures have been put in place at the city’s railway terminals. A team of bilingual volunteers is now meeting with non-Chinese travellers and explaining how to navigate the health declaration and other new requirements. The...
23 Feb at 9 AM 2020

British expats in Orihuela rush to join Storm Gloria cleanup

British expats join in volunteer beach clean up for two weeks running. As the world-wide call to protect the planet against its human inhabitants gathers momentum, British expats in Orihuela rushed to join in for two weeks running. The first clean-up was scheduled for Tuesday last week, but only three local government employees were scheduled for the plastic pick-up of debris washed onto the sands of Playa Flamenca resort by Storm Gloria. Tonnes of plastic refuse including around 15,000 bottles were strewn across the beach, a...
23 Feb at 9 AM 2020

Pudong local authorities rush to help expats isolated by the coronavirus

Expats in Shanghai are applauding Chinese efforts to make their lives in quarantine far easier. Shanghai’s Pudong New Area is one of the massive city’s favourite locations for resident expats, but the coronavirus panic has placed the entire community under lockdown and unable to leave their homes, even to get much-needed supplies of food. Luckily, the Chinese authorities are fully aware of their predicament and are doing all they can to help. During an English language media interview last Wednesday, social worker Jin Yun said...
3 Feb at 6 PM 2020

Expats in Chengdu join Chinese volunteers in fight against coronavirus

International expat volunteers are now joining the war against the coronavirus epidemic. Expats living and working in China are joining the ongoing struggle against the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus. In China’s Sichuan province capital Chengdu, international volunteers are now participating in the city’s attempt to control the local spread of the new virus. The city’s Tongzilin residential community is the largest and most concentrated hub for Chengdu’s 4,300 expatriates from over 30 world countries. A group of...
31 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Shanghai local government response to virus threat wins expat praise

In spite of the world’s press having a field day over the spread of Wuhan’s coronavirus, expats in Shanghai are praising the city government’s and residents’ supportive responses. Everyday citizens in 13,000 communities along with the Shanghai government, volunteers and expat groups are all working to contain the virus, with all concentrating on grass roots level prevention and aid rather than talking up the danger. Local community workers are giving guidance on disease prevention amongst all the massive city’s ethnic...
23 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Hague Community Fair is a must for newly arrived expats

Expats in the Hague and especially those newly-arrived, are set to enjoy the city’s Feel at Home Community Fair set to take place Sunday February 2. The event is a celebration of the cosmopolitan community of expats and Dutch nationals, and will give a warm welcome to all newcomers as well as being a place where international expatriates can meet their friends and have a good time. This year’s event is the 13th since the inception of the fair, and is intended to showcase all the city’s positivities as regards living and working...
13 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Expats in UAE sewing protective gear for rescued Oz koalas

Expat communities all across the UAE are getting together and sewing blankets and pouches on behalf of the Australian Animal Rescue Craft Guild. The Australia-based Guild is a volunteer-organised association formed to focus on animal rescue efforts, and is now mobilised in a desperate attempt to save as many species as possible from becoming extinct due to the devastating series of wildfires in south and south-western Australia. Dubai-based Kiwi expat Philly Johnson is leading the teams making mittens for koala paws, pouches for...